Dr. Thaddeus Bell, family practice physician, talks about how being prescribed insulin is not necessarily a bad thing.
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Question: Is taking prescribed insulin good or bad? Dr. Thaddeus Bell: There is a myth among patients in particularly among African Americans that if you if your doctor has moved you to insulin that's a bad thing and this myth has been perpetuated because people who have moved to insulin within a certain amount of time, have had amputations by the way I might mention that in South Carolina we have the highest number of amputations certainly due to diabetes than any of the state in the union but I want to get back to the insulin. Insulin is a good thing and if the doctor says that you have to move to insulin to keep your diabetes under control by all means do it, it is a good thing. Most patients who own diabetic pills at point in time the diabetic pills are going to stop working and insulin is going to be the medication that is required to keep the diabetes under control. In my own experience I have found out that is not so much that insulin that patients are afraid of it's the needle, it's taking the needle that people are afraid of but even today we have needles that are so small and are so painless that it shouldn't make that anxiety go away but the bottom line I tell of this is that insulin is a good thing if your physician says that its time to go on the needle, insulin by all means do it.