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More Than Half Of Insulin-Using Diabetics Skip Injections

Posted Jan 26 2010 12:00am

Approximately 25% of people with diabetes use insulin. A study has shown that more than half have skipped injections and about 20% do so more frequently. Type 1 diabetics skip injections more often than Type 2 diabetics (however, be aware that a properly treated Type 1 patient likely takes more injections per day than the average Type 2 diabetic).

The reasons for skipping are variable.

The study showed that people with type 1 diabetes who didn't follow their recommended diet were most likely to skip their insulin injections. Among those with type 2 diabetes, younger people, those with a lower income, and those who perceived their insulin injections as painful or embarrassing were more likely to skip them.

"Intentionally skipping insulin injections may be more common than clinicians think," researcher Mark Peyrot, PhD, of the department of sociology at Loyola University Maryland, says in a news release.

The full article is here.


In our practice, a female under the age of 40 is, at least, 10 times more likely to purposely miss insulin injections. It's all about weight control, but they've got to realize they may pay dearly for this practice as they get older and have developed complications.

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