Newly diagnosed Type 2 diabetics manage their condition well, at the start. A new study suggests that after three years the diabetic struggles to continue to cope with the ‘diabetic’ lifestyle.
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Dr Tan Ngiap Chuan, director of the research department at SingHealth Polyclinics, believes that many people struggle to get their head around taking insulin on a regular basis. Typically, Type 2 diabetics rely on medication to keep their condition in check, However, many diabetics eventually reach a point where medication is no longer helpful and insulin is needed.
"People already have preconceived ideas about insulin therapy," Dr Tan said. "Patients feel that if you start them on insulin, it's the end of their lives, when insulin is actually part and parcel of diabetic treatment.”
The study, which lasted for five years showed how well 1,256 polyclinic patients controlled their conditions by looking at the amount of glucose in their red blood cells - a measure known as HbA1c. A non diabetic’s reading should be between 5 to 6 per cent, while a diabetics can go up to more than 10 per cent.
Although this may not sound much, a one per cent increase can translate in to a 38 per cent increased chance of a stroke or heart attack.
Dr Tan, also found that those of an Indian ethnicity ran a higher risk of having poor diabetic control. He also went on to say that although the results of the study did not surprise him he said, it means that "we have yet to come up with anything that is efficient in helping them to control their diabetes”.
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