Many patients with type 2 diabetes take basal insulin incorrectly, self-manage hypoglycemia

mdCurrent Conference Report: 72nd Annual Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association

Few patients with type 2 diabetes are taking their basal insulin correctly, according to the results of a multi-country survey.

This is especially relevant information for Indian physicians who treat patients with type 2 diabetes, since India is the country in the world with the largest number of diabetic patients. An estimated 50.8 million to 62 million people in India have been diagnosed with diabetes, according to estimates from the World Diabetes Foundation and the Indian Council of Medical Research-India Diabetes, respectively. Complications related to the condition can be serious, including retinopathy, neuropathy, and coronary artery disease.

In the recent Global Attitudes of Patients and Physicians (GAPP2) survey of healthcare professionals and patients with type 2 diabetes, researchers found that 1 in 4 patients did not take their prescribed doses of basal insulin correctly in the past 30 days, and more than one-third of patients treated themselves for hypoglycemia.

GAPP2 was an Internet survey conducted in the United States, Canada, Japan, Germany, United Kingdom, and Denmark between January 2012 and March 2012. Researchers presented the ...

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