Insight study reveals leading research on the benefits of using insulin earlier
Results of an all-Canadian study announced June 13 at an international diabetes congress demonstrate that patients with type 2 diabetes can safely achieve target blood sugar (glycemic) levels faster and more frequently when insulin glargine (a basal, long-acting insulin) is added to therapy, versus using oral agents alone. In addition to achieving better glycemic control, patients using insulin glargine expressed increased satisfaction with their treatment and experienced improved quality of life.
The INSIGHT study (Implementing New Strategies with Insulin Glargine for Hyperglycemia Therapy), presented at the 65th American Diabetes Association Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions by lead investigator, Dr. Hertzel Gerstein, a professor of medicine and director of endocrinology and metabolism at McMaster University in Hamilton, demonstrated that early addition of insulin glargine therapy (in combination with oral agents or alone) safely achieved better glycemic and metabolic outcomes than adding oral agents. These results were achieved with no increased risk of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar levels) compared to oral medications.
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