Type 2 Diabetes in Adults: When to Prescribe Insulin

Switching a Type 2 Diabetes Patient to Insulin

Deciding if and when to switch an adult type 2 diabetes patient to insulin is a critical decision in diabetes management. In this video roundtable made for primary care doctors, a panel of experts discusses when to initiate insulin. 

The panelists are:

  • Amy Hess-Fischl, MS, RD, LDN, BC-ADM, CDE:  Certified Diabetes Educator at the University of Chicago Medical Center
  • David S. Oyer, MD:  Endocrinologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital (Chicago) and Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine-Endocrinology at Northwester University Feinberg School of Medicine

Thomas DeStefani, MD moderates this diabetes video.

They note that insulin can be initiated when the patient fails to respond to oral medications (with or without incretins), and Amy Hess-Fischl gives the tip that type 2 diabetes patients can be started on basal insulin only; bolus insulin can come later, if required.

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