Navigation Links
Taking insulin for type 2 diabetes could expose patients to greater risk of health complications
Date:2/4/2013

Examining the UK Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD) - data that characterises about 10% of the UK population - a team of researchers from Cardiff University's School of Medicine looked at the risk of death for patients taking insulin compared with other treatments designed to lower blood glucose levels in people with type 2 diabetes.

The team's epidemiological study found people have greater risk of individual complications associated with diabetes such as heart attack, stroke, eye complications and renal disease when compared with patients treated with alternative glucose-lowering treatments.

"Insulin treatment remains the most longstanding blood-glucose-lowering therapies for people with type 2 diabetes, with its use growing markedly in recent years," according to Professor Craig Currie from Cardiff University's School of Medicine, who led the study.

"However, with new diabetes therapies and treatments emerging there has been a new spotlight on treatments to ensure what the best and safest form of diabetes treatment is.

"By reviewing data from CPRD between 1999 and 2011 we've confirmed there are increased health risks for patients with type 2 diabetes who take insulin to manage their condition," he adds.

The study adds to previous findings which identified potential health risks of insulin in this specific group of people.

Initial concerns were first raised regarding the use of insulin in type 2 diabetes from a population-based study in Canada, which reported a three-fold increase in mortality.

A similar study of people in UK primary care with type 2 diabetes treated with insulin also reported a 50% risk of increased mortality compared with another common treatment regimen.

Professor Currie adds: "Patients currently being treated with insulin should not, under any circumstances, stop taking their medications, and it is important to emphasise that this report related to only type 2 diabetes which typically starts in older people who are overweight.

"Each patient's individual circumstances are different and treatment decisions are managed by their clinician with all of their medical history fully considered.

"The vast majority of people who take insulin will experience no adverse effects and it remains a reliable and common form of treatment worldwide but this study shows that we need to investigate this matter urgently and the drug regulatory authorities should take interest in this issue.

"Anyone who is concerned should speak to their GP first before taking any action on managing their condition."


'/>"/>

Contact: Craig Currie
currie@cardiff.ac.uk
44-029-207-57744
Cardiff University
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Men taking long-acting chronic pain meds 5xs more likely to have low testosterone levels
2. The US Drug Watchdog Now Urges Young Women Who Suffered a Heart Attack or Blood Clotting After Taking Yaz or Yasmin Birth Control Pills to Contact the Johnson Law Group
3. Eat Too Much While Watching TV? Try Taking Smaller Bites
4. Why good resolutions about taking up a physical activity can be hard to keep
5. Mistaking OCD for ADHD has serious consequences
6. Gen X overtaking baby boomers on obesity
7. Millions May Be Taking Vitamin D Unnecessarily, Analysis Suggests
8. Year of Taking Risky Blood Thinners May Be Unnecessary After Stent Surgery
9. Taking Breaks From Prostate Cancer Hormone Therapy Seems Safe: Study
10. Children taking steroids for asthma are slightly shorter than peers
11. Many Teens Drinking, Taking Drugs During School: Survey
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... February 10, 2016 , ... Pediatric therapists are challenged ... Research shows that the Goal Attainment Scale (GAS) captures 20% more change in ... learn more about the Goal Attainment Scale, Education Resources Inc. is offering a ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... February 10, 2016 , ... The Club at Ibis ... prestigious Distinguished Emerald Club of the World award, as determined by the annual ... the most respected trade publications serving private clubs. , “We’d like to congratulate ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... , ... February 10, 2016 ... ... – 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224, February 26th: Amateur & Professional ... Elite Division - Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm | Ticket Prices $30, Social ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... February 10, 2016 , ... The recreational use of ... in the state still face a lot of restrictions as to where they can ... for private, personal use” and that cannabis “may not be consumed openly or publicly.” ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... February 09, 2016 , ... Western University of Health Sciences’ ... to 150 children in kindergarten through third grade at Hurley Elementary School in ... Chinese American Dental Society of Southern California volunteers for Give Kids A Smile, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/10/2016)... 2016  Cepheid (Nasdaq: CPHD ) today ... Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, has been ... Operating Officer.  In his new capacity, Mr. Kocmond,s ... Commercial Operations in addition to Manufacturing Operations, Engineering, ... continue to report to John Bishop , ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... --> --> This press release is intended for ... Japan .  --> A separate press release has been prepared ... Shire continues to strengthen its presence in ... continues to strengthen its presence in Japan ... continues to strengthen its presence in Japan ...
(Date:2/10/2016)...  Resolve Therapeutics, LLC, a clinical stage biopharmaceutical ... treatment of lupus and Sjogrens syndrome, today announced ... study in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) ... --> --> Data from a ... of RSLV-132 in 32 subjects with SLE demonstrate ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: