INCREASED DEATH RISK IN DIABETICS USING INSULIN
Researchers have found a link connecting increased risk of dying with higher doses of insulin in Type 2 Diabetics. Besides death, there was also an increased risk of cancer, heart attacks and stroke. We have many great options for treating diabetes but our greatest roadblocks are the insurance companies that will not pay for newer and better therapies. When we physicians have to practice medicine with our hands tied, we can’t always treat patients the way we would like. Not only does insulin carry a higher risk of death, it also leads to weight gain (diabetes’ enemy!). The risks of low sugar from taking insulin is much greater than having higher sugar values because low sugar (hypoglycemia) can kill in minutes whereas high sugar takes years.
Diet and exercise continues to be the cornerstone of treatment and insulin should be used as a last resort.