Features September 2012 Issue

Intensive Diabetes Treatment May Help Prolong Insulin Production

New research suggests that aggressive treatment early after a diabetes diagnosis often makes the disease easier to manage.

If you’ve recently been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, an intensive treatment, started soon, may be the best way to preserve and prolong your body’s capacity for insulin production. That’s the conclusion of a study published in a recent issue of Diabetes Care, in which researchers found that this approach to extending insulin production can help slow the progression of the disease. Cleveland Clinic endocrinologist Betul Hatipoglu, MD, agrees, noting that a more aggressive approach to a diagnosis of pre-diabetes also shows similar results. “We always emphasize early intervention and prevention in our clinical care, as we know from prevention studies for pre-diabetes that healthy diet and exercise, as well as some medications, could delay progression to full diabetes,” she says.

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