Seven-year wait to intensify diabetes meds: study

The retrospective study of 80,000 patients in general practice showed those with an HbA1c of 7%, 7.5% and 8% or above taking two oral drugs waited around seven years before their treatment was intensified with another oral agent or insulin.

The mean HbA1c when treatment was intensified was 8.7%, 9.1% and 9.7% in those taking one, two and three oral agents, respectively.

Associate Professor Neale Cohen, general manager of diabetes services at Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, said the data was consistent