Type 2 Diabetics May Enjoy Insulin Free Future

Researchers from the Veterans Affairs Northern California Health Care System in Martinez, California have found out that the type 2 diabetes patients may live an insulin free life. They can live a life on oral medications only. But experts say more studies are needed in the subject.

“Our data suggest that some patients can remain in good glucose control for years using non-insulin, oral diabetic agents,” says Arthur Swislocki, the author of the study.

The researchers of the study have analyzed data from the period of one decade and half. that belonged to 191 veterans with type 2 diabetes. They found that out of 96 patients who took only oral medications from 1992 to 2007, 55% remained on oral drugs to control their blood sugar — what doctors call glucose levels — and never had to take insulin. The other 45% eventually switched to insulin, either alone or in combination with oral drugs, the study showed.

Robert Vigersky, president-elect of the Endocrine Society and director of the Diabetes Institute at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.,says that the results of the study send a positive message to patients with type 2 diabetes who may want to manage their disease without insulin. It provides a ray of hope for the patients.

David Nathan, director of the Diabetes Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, however says that he is not sure if the study is easily interpretable. He moreover says that more research is necessary to determine exactly which oral medications work best.


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