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Early, intensive insulin ‘slows diabetes’

23rd May 2008

An intensive course of insulin injections is more effective at preventing the spread of type 2 diabetes than oral treatment, scientists have claimed.

Research from Chinese scientists published in the Lancet, which has devoted an entire issue to diabetes, showed early treatment helped insulin-producing cells recover and restore blood glucose control.

Almost 400 people aged between 25 and 70 with type 2 diabetes were involved in the trial.

Scientists from Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, divided patients into three groups ? two receiving types of intensive insulin therapy and the third standard oral diabetic drugs.

A year later, when patients had resumed standard diet and exercise treatment, researchers found more patients had regained blood glucose control and at a faster rate in the two insulin groups.

Virtually all of the patients achieved normal-glycaemia within four and five and a half days, compared to four-fifths of those using oral drugs, although the restoration was timed at more than a week.

“Early intensive insulin therapy in patients with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes has favourable outcomes on recovery and maintenance of [insulin-producing] cell function and prolonged glycaemic remission compared with treatment with oral hypoglycaemic agents,” the authors write.

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