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Benefits of Early insulin Therapy in

Diabetes management

News Desk, News Nation 360:  At the peerless hospital in Kolkata held an awareness program on the benefits of early insulin therapy for effective diabetes management. The discussion was led by leading endocrinologists in the city – Dr K. K. Gangopadhyay, MD, MRCP, CCST (Endocrinologist) and Dr Sujoy Majumder, MD (General Medicine), MRCP, FRCP (Dublin), FRCP (London). According to the International Diabetes Federation 2017 report, nearly 73 million Indians are affected by diabetes. It is a chronic condition wherein the body produces little to no insulin, which leads to the rise in sugar levels in blood. With improper management, diabetics are at risk of developing comorbidities such as     

kidney failure, heart attack, nerve damage end sometimes, even stroke. To avoid Diabetes-related complications, it is necessary to ensure that the glucose levels in the blood are under control. The best option for controlling the glucose levels in the body is Insulin Therapy. Insulin is a hormone produced in the Pancreas. In patients diagnosed with diabetes, the pancreas produces little or no insulin leading to insulin deficiency or the insulin produced by the pancreas fails to work which causes insulin resistance. Elaborating on Insulin Therapy, Dr K. K. Gangopadhyay, MD, MRCP, CCST (Endocrinologist), Consultant (Diabetes and Endocrinology), Peerless Hospital told, the advantage is that it aids in better control of the blood sugar levels, especially in the case where the patient has very high glycemic levels. They also recommend insulin injections in case of any existing infections or organ damage which limits the use of oral therapy or even in cases of pregnant women diagnosed with diabetes. According to and Dr Sujoy Majumder, MD (General Medicine), MRCP, FRCP (Dublin), FRCP (London), Senior Visiting Consultant Endocrinologist, Peerless Hospital, in order to sufficiently address     

patient misconceptions, the doctors also need to put in the appropriate efforts. A lot of physicians are apprehensive about patient acceptance to injectable insulin. They need to explain why the patient is put on insulin therapy and the related benefits – which include reduced burden on the pancreas and decreased pressure on the beta-cells. However, educating the patients on the National Guidelines for Insulin Therapy as well as proper administration techniques is also important. Early use of Insulin Therapy significantly reduces the risk of developing comorbidities such as kidney failure, heart attack, nerve damage and liver damage leading to a better quality of life. With the help of regular counselling and follow-ups as well as addressing the myths around Insulin, effective diabetes management is now possible.

Pic : Krishnendu Kundu

Report : Anustup Kundu