Delay in starting insulin therapy in patients with type 2 Diabetes Mellitus



Diabetes Mellitus, Insulin, Early Treatment


Aim: There are many problems with insulin initiation though required in diabetes mellitus patients. This study aims to determine why patients are unable to receive insulin treatments on time. Methods: Approval from the ethics committee and consent from the volunteers was obtained for this cross sectional, single center study, in which patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus over the age of 18 years were included. Pregnant women, patients with cirrhosis, and psychiatric disorders were excluded. A questionnaire was used for data collection. Statistical analysis was performed with SPSS 18.0. Results: A total of 1062 patients were included in this study. Diabetes mellitus was regulated in 34% of the patients. The number of patients who did not use insulin even though they should was 105. While physicians did not recommend any insulin treatment to 34 patients, 33 patients did not want insulin treatment due to fear of injection and 32 patients did not start insulin treatment because they had incorrect information regarding insulin. When 36 patients who stopped insulin treatment while they were using were questioned for the reason, it was learnt that 8 patients' insulin treatment was stopped by their physicians. The remaining 28 patients, on the other hand, stopped their insulin treatments most frequently because of the difficulty of injection and incorrect information they heard about insulin. Conclusions: Providing outpatient conditions that increase patient-physician dialogue, ensuring that the injection pen and needle are seen and tested by the patient in person, and conferences for the patients and medical doctors to prevent getting the incorrect information would be the solution of the delay in starting insulin in diabetes mellitus.


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Kalyon S, Özkan Gümüşkaya P, Özsoy N, Özcan M, Pala A, Basmakçı A, Arman Y, Tükek T. Delay in starting insulin therapy in patients with type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. J Surg Med [Internet]. 2020 Aug. 1 [cited 2023 Jun. 4];4(8):685-8. Available from: