Insulin and type 2 diabetes

The Starting insulin booklet is for people with type 2 diabetes who may be thinking about including insulin as part of how they manage their condition. Many people have questions and/or concerns about going onto insulin. It is important to understand the role of insulin in the management of type 2 diabetes and to make an informed decision about starting insulin therapy.

The Starting insulin booklet covers a range of topics, including:

  • About this booklet and using this booklet
  • Understanding my diabetes and the role of insulin
  • Options for managing my diabetes
  • How to know if my blood glucose is ‘within target’
  • Insulin: why, when, who, how and what?
  • Benefits and side-effects of insulin
  • Frequently asked questions about insulin
  • So, how do I feel now about starting insulin?
  • Discussing insulin with my health care team
  • Where can I find more information and support?

The booklet has been written by health professionals with expertise in type 2 diabetes and insulin, as well as with input from people with type 2 diabetes.

The booklet is available as a PDF.

Read more about the role of insulin in the management of type 2 diabetes in our Starting insulin booklet.

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