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Is Insulin Right for You?

If you have type 2 diabetes, you have more options to control blood sugar than ever before.

12 Myths About Insulin and Type 2 Diabetes

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Taking insulin means you’ve ‘failed’

“This is a big myth,” says Jill Crandall, MD, professor of clinical medicine and director of the diabetes clinical trial unit at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in the Bronx, N.Y. “Many people who try very hard to adhere to a diet, exercise, and lose weight will still need insulin.”

The fact is that type 2 diabetes is a progressive illness, meaning that over time you may need to change what you do to make sure your blood sugar is in a healthy range. Eating right and exercise will always be important, but medication needs can vary.

“A large percentage of people with type 2 diabetes will ultimately need insulin, and we don’t see it as a failure,” she says.

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