Over 500 million people across the globe live with type 2 diabetes.
Many will see their condition progress over time and may eventually
rely on insulin to help manage their blood sugar.1,2 If
you’re reading this article, your doctor may have told you it could be
time to start insulin – and it’s natural to have some questions.
In fact, many people feel uncertain before taking this next step and
may have reasons to put off getting started.3,4,5 For
example, they may have worries about hypoglycaemia, injections, or
gaining weight.6,7 They might be worried about what others
will think.6,7 Or they may think it will be tricky to
manage the treatment, such as fitting it around their work.7
If you have similar worries or questions, this article may help you
explore why other people with type 2 diabetes have started insulin,
and help you talk to your doctor about whether it’s the right time to
make this next step. Check out our discussion guide that may help you
get the most from your time with your doctor at your next appointment.
Hear from people who manage their type 2 diabetes with insulin to
improve their diabetes management and quality of life.
If your doctor has recommended insulin, it may be
helpful to understand why it has been recommended for you first. This
can help you explore whether now is the right time for you to start
If you live with type 2 diabetes, you know that
trying to keep your blood sugar levels on target is important to stay
healthy and avoid further illness later in life.8 So, if
your doctor has suggested insulin, it might be because your body needs
help to manage your blood sugar levels.2 Controlling your
blood sugar levels can help avoid symptoms such as feeling tired or
thirsty. But it’s also important to prevent some more serious
long-term problems, such as heart attack or stroke.
There are different types of insulin – which one
your doctor may choose to prescribe would depend on your
needs.2 Most people with type 2 diabetes who need to
initiate insulin are recommended to start with a long-acting (basal)
insulin, which works to keep your blood sugar levels steady throughout
Insulin has been around for 100 years and is still a cornerstone of
diabetes treatment today because of the evidence that it is
effective2 Insulin’s long history means there are a few
myths about insulin that come from its past. But a lot has changed
over the years and with ongoing innovation continuing to improve the
treatment, taking insulin today is easier than ever. Technology and digital solutions can also offer
support with managing insulin treatment and can help reduce the impact
diabetes has on your daily life.
Many people find the thought of starting on insulin treatment
overwhelming.3,4,5,6,7.But considering your options and
taking action to have better control of your health can be a positive step.
Exploring these worries with your doctor may help - take a look at
some common questions and answers below to help you better understand
what taking insulin might be like.
Of course, if you have any other worries or questions about starting or managing
insulin treatment, you can talk to your doctor about
You’re bound to have lots of questions, so why not prepare them
beforehand? Our discussion guide can help you get the most from your
time with your doctor.