Insulin inertia lasts 11 years on average

It commonly takes 11 years for type 2 diabetes patients with poor glycaemic control to be started on insulin therapy, according to an Australian study examining ‘insulin inertia’.

The audit of 200 patients attending hospital diabetes clinics between 2007 and 2012 found patients had waited between one and 35 years to be started on insulin, with an average wait of 11 years.

Insulin was initiated on average when HbA1c levels were