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Expert expresses worry over phobia for insulin injection by diabetic patients


Dr. Sule Bathner, a Consultant Endocrinologist with the Federal Medical Centre, Gombe, has expressed concern over the phobia for insulin injection by diabetic patients, ITRealms reports.

While speaking to news men in Bauchi on Saturday during the monthly enlightenment meeting of Bauchi State chapter of Diabetes Association of Nigeria, the consultant observed that the phobia had resulted in some patients rejecting the insulin medication or defaulting in treatment.

He said that the insulin treatment was highly reliable, especially in cases where the need for its application had become necessary.

Speaking further, ITRealms gathered, the medical expert explained that during a recent meeting of World Diabetes Congress in India, which he attended, he noticed that most developed countries applied insulin in managing the ailment.

“The problem we have here is that most people believe that once insulin had been prescribed, it means the condition had advanced, and fear sets in immediately, insulin injection can be recommended and withdrawn when the need arises, just like any other diabetes drug, and not necessarily an indication of advancement in ailment,” he said.

Bathner also cautioned patients from relying on traditional medicine sellers, especially those claiming to have a permanent cure for the ailment, learnt ITRealms.

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