Insulin refusal delays glycaemic control by a year: study

Patients with type 2 diabetes play an active role in 'clinical inertia', say authors

Refusal of insulin therapy results in an average of a year’s delay for patients with type 2 diabetes to achieve glycaemic control, compared with those who accept their doctor’s advice, a US study shows.

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Harvard University-led investigators looked at patient records at two large Boston hospitals between 2000 and 2014 and found that 43% of 5300 people with diabetes (and HbA1c above 53mmol/mol) declined their doctor’s first recommendation to use insulin.