3-dose-a-week insulin to help diabetes patients?

Posted on 15 March 2011

A type of insulin that only has to be injected three times a week could bring hope to those with type 2 diabetes who are paying for care.

The insulin was found to be just as effective for controlling blood sugar levels as the standard medication, which is administered daily, according to the study published in the Lancet.

Bernard Zinman of the University of Toronto told WebMD that patients achieve good blood sugar control when the insulin is injected just three times a week, which suggests an obvious advantage for the drug and dosing schedule of those with the condition.

"But if you ask if I would recommend that it be used this way, my answer would be no. I think it should be used daily to reduce the risk of hypoglycaemia," he said.

Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition which is caused by too much glucose in the blood and affects 2.8 million people in the UK.



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