Once a week insulin injections could potentially replace diabetes daily medications.
REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA — Researchers have found that once-a-week insulin injections can replace the daily version of the drug currently prescribed. The new insulin injections are just as effective as the daily version, and the researchers believe patients prefer it.
Doctor Athena Philis-Tsimikas of California’s Scripps Whittier Diabetes Institute and lead researcher said that once-a-week insulin injections would be a step forward in insulin innovation. “The new drug will reduce the complexity and burden of diabetes treatment by reducing the number of injections from 365 to 52 per year without compromising blood sugar management,” Philis-Tsimikas said. The SunFriday (23/9/2022).
Diabetes affects around 19.47 million people in Indonesia, according to records from the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) in 2021. The disease, also known as diabetes, is divided into two types.
Type 1 diabetes is a genetic condition that often appears early in life. Meanwhile, type 2 diabetes develops over time and is triggered primarily by lifestyle.
Having diabetes means that the body doesn’t produce enough insulin on its own, or there is a problem with the insulin supply. That is why diabetes requires insulin treatment. Giving insulin aims to help the body to use and break down sugar.
If left untreated, blood sugar levels can become very high, which can lead to long-term complications, including blindness, kidney failure, and heart disease. Not everyone with type 2 diabetes needs to take insulin, but those who do have to face painful insulin injections before eating.