As Peta already commented; I too have never seen a person who is keen to start insulin injections. I too would not like the idea! But there are a few points that I like to make:
1. Injecting insulin is easier than testing blood glucose levels. The lancets used to prick your finger are a lot thicker than the needles used to inject the insulin. If I have to give a demonstration on how to test BGLs or how to inject insulin I rather go for the insulin injection!.
2. The natural progression of type 2 diabetes is that it will get worse over time and that eventually insulin injections are inevitable.
3. If you are at a point in your life where you require insulin injections and you have needlephobia, there are some devices available that may make the injections a little easier to cope with. Novo Nordisk has a device called the Penmate, which will help you insert the needle. There are also clinical trials that focus on once or twice weekly injections of insulin. If you contact Novo Nordisk, Eli Lilly or Sanofi, some of the largest insulin producing companies in Australia, they can give you information as to where these trials are taking place.
As I started saying; noone likes the idea of injecting themselves, it is one of the reasons why I retrained as a Somatic Psychotherapist. There are varying levels of needle phobia and there are ways of overcoming this. If you are finding yourself at a point in your life where your doctor tells you there is no other option than to start insulin injections, call me. I can help you.
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