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A poor understanding of the role of insulin can interfere with one’s diabetes management. Some people with diabetes struggle with the idea of insulin therapy due to the myths and misconceptions surrounding its use.
Top concerns about insulin treatment – which involves self-administered injections using an insulin pen or a syringe – include apprehension over needles and injections as well as the fear of side effects2, such as hypoglycaemia3 (an abnormally low level of glucose in the blood). Some also believe that insulin therapy would make it difficult to fulfil responsibilities at work and at home.
Additionally, a medical journal article on common patient-related cultural barriers found that people from Asian cultures may view insulin therapy as a sign of disease management failure and believe that such therapy causes more complications in the long term4.
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Poorly controlled diabetes can lead to serious health complications, such as vision loss due to diabetic retinopathy, leg amputation, kidney failure and nerve damage.
For patients with Type 1 diabetes, insulin therapy is the primary treatment. This form of diabetes occurs when the immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas5.
In Type 2 diabetes, the body is unable to respond to insulin properly. Some people with the disease may need to start insulin therapy when they have an acute illness, undergo surgery, or have periods of high blood glucose. Their oral antidiabetic medications may also no longer work for them, leading to poorer blood sugar control. In addition, women with the disease may need insulin therapy during pregnancy.
Different types of insulin treatments are available, depending on each person’s needs. Insulin therapy may also help people with diabetes avoid widely fluctuating glucose levels6.
By empowering themselves with information on the e-learning platform, those with diabetes will be able to have better conversations with their care teams, and gain the confidence to manage their condition and improve their quality of life.
Visit getinsulinright.sg to learn more about managing diabetes with insulin therapy.
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1 Phan, Thao P, et al. Forecasting the Burden of Type 2 Diabetes in Singapore Using a Demographic Epidemiological Model of Singapore. BMJ Open Diabetes Research and Care 2.1 (2014).2 Tan, A M, et al. Initiation of Insulin for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Patients: What are the Issues? A Qualitative Study. Singapore Medical Journal 52.11 (2011): 801.3 Wong, S, et al. Perceptions of Insulin Therapy Amongst Asian Patients with Diabetes in Singapore. Diabetic Medicine 28.2 (2011): 206-211.4 Rebolledo, Julio A and Regina Arellano. Cultural Differences and Considerations When Initiating Insulin. Diabetes Spectrum 29.3 (2016): 185-190.5 Donner T, Sarkar S. Insulin – Pharmacology, Therapeutic Regimens, and Principles of Intensive Insulin Therapy. [Updated 2019 Feb 23]. In: Feingold K R, Anawalt B, Boyce A, et al., editors. Endotext [Internet]. South Dartmouth (MA): MDText.com, Inc; 2000.6 Umpierrez, Guillermo E and Boris P Kovatchev. Glycemic Variability: How to Measure and its Clinical Implication for Type 2 Diabetes. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences 356.6 (2018): 518-527.