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Intensive insulin quicker than oral agents in achieving control

Early intensive insulin therapy in patients with newly diagnosed diabetes achieves glycaemic control more quickly than with oral agents, a Chinese study shows.

Researchers recruited 382 patients, aged 25-70 years and newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, to nine different centres. They were assigned either therapy with insulin or oral hypoglycaemic agents for rapid correction of hyperglycaemia.

Some 97% of patients on insulin achieved target glucose levels, compared with 95% of those on oral agents. Average time to control was 4.0 days, as opposed to 5.6

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