Half of type 2 diabetes patients reluctant to start insulin

Counselling type 2 diabetes patients early on about the likelihood of requiring insulin later down the track is important for preventing psychological insulin resistance, say Australian researchers.

Only one in five type 2 diabetes patients in whom insulin is clinically indicated are "very willing" to begin insulin, according to a study of 261 patients from 74 general practices in Victoria. 

Half of patients say they are "not very willing" or "not at all willing" and about one-third say they are "moderately