Type 2 diabetes: The role of basal insulin therapy

Derek LeRoith, Claresa S. Levetan, Irl B. Hirsch, Matthew C. Riddle

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New evidence and methods continue to alter management of patients with type 2 diabetes. Appropriate screening and earlier intervention may help reduce the incidence and progression of microvascular and macrovascular complications. A multifactorial approach that addresses such risk factors as blood pressure, lipids, and glycemia has demonstrated reduced morbidity and mortality. While glycemic targets are getting lower, they can be efficiently attained with combined basal insulin and oral antidiabetic therapy. Insulin, too often considered a therapy of last resort, is an important intervention that can be used safely and effectively earlier in the course of type 2 diabetes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)215-222
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Family Practice
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2004
Externally publishedYes


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