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The number of people switching from oral hypoglycaemic drugs to insulin has risen dramatically in recent years, a new study reveals.

Since 1998's UKPDS study showed intensive treatment of type 2 diabetes could cut the risk of microvascular disease, there has been a doubling in the rate of insulin use.

The researchers welcomed the trend, but said it was greatly increasing workload.

They found that by 1997/ 2000 the percentage of type 2 diabetes patients converting to insulin was twice that between 1993/7.

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