Heart disease has long been linked with diabetes as a complication, particularly when a diabetic is said to regularly take in insulin in an effort to maintain control over the peaks and troughs of diabetes.
However, recent studies reveal that the link between heart disease and regular insulin intakes are false, leaving the link as a myth which had been busted.
Based on the research of Dr Hertzel Gerstein, McMaster University, long term insulin use doesn’t have any adverse effects or consequences with heart disease risks. With many convinced that long-term insulin use would eventually lead to heart attack, cancer developments and stroke, the new study reaffirms and forestalls any guesswork pertaining to the long-term effects of insulin in the body of diabetics.
“People have been debating the question of whether there are adverse consequences to long-term insulin use for years. This study provides the clearest answer yet to that question: No, there are not,” shares Gerstein.
The study involved the cooperation of more than 12, 500 people based in 40 countries in 537 research sites. With participants aged at a 64 year old average, the study looked into the biometrics of those who didn’t take any form of insulin-oriented therapies and daily insulin injection therapies for six years (average).
Analysis of the study’s gathered data reveal that there are no major differences between the two groups, no indication of cancer, or cardio vascular disorders. Based on the study’s results, the link between insulin and cancer/cardiovascular complications had been debunked.
With more and more people developing Type 2 Diabetes conditions, researchers, health organizations and governments are keenly looking into future treatment options and developments for the condition, given how debilitating and costly diabetes and diabetes care and maintenance can be.
Given that no cure for diabetes has yet been found, implementing active lifestyle changes positioned in keeping the onset of diabetes away remains to be the best “treatment” against the disease.
For now, the old myth pertaining to long-term insulin intake and heart/cancer complications can be put aside.