diabetes research participant request Kings College Hospital

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ENGAGE

We are looking

for people, or

their informal

carers, who are

aged 70 or over,

diagnosed with

Type 2 diabetes

and have been on

insulin treatment

for the past

six-24 months.

Research call: Older

Type 2s moving to insulin

Researchers at King's College

London are looking for older

people with Type 2 diabetes

or their carers who have

recently started insulin treatment

to take part in a study exploring

their experiences.

The aim is to explore the

experiences of older people with

diabetes and their informal carers

with insulin initiation and ongoing

insulin support. Evidence of the

experiences of older people with

insulin use is limited. A systematic

review undertaken as part of this

study has revealed that psychological

aspects of using insulin (anxiety,

embarrassment) and physical factors,

such as the side effects of treatment

(potential hypoglycaemia) and

reaction to insulin administration,

are problematic for older people.

Type 2 diabetes is common in

older people, affecting approximately

20% of those aged 65-79 (94m

people) worldwide. Managing blood

glucose levels in older people with

the condition can be challenging

due to changes in physical function,

psychological health and cognitive

function. Older people may also

become more dependent on social

support to help them with their

diabetes self-management, including

taking medications, managing their

diet and monitoring their blood

glucose levels.

Given the progressive nature of

diabetes, a significant proportion of

older people with Type 2 diabetes

require insulin therapy to help

regulate their blood glucose levels

and reduce the risks associated

with hyperglycaemia. While insulin

therapy in older people can make

an important contribution to their

diabetes control, there are specific

challenges in the management of

Reduce hazards

When initiating insulin treatment

in older people, comorbidities,

functional ability to administer

insulin and monitor blood glucose,

and appropriate treatment goalsetting

and support for carers should

be considered. To reduce the hazards

associated with insulin use in this

population, it is important to identify

strategies to better support the safe

use of insulin therapy in older people

with Type 2 diabetes.

Gathering the experiences

of insulin treatment from older

people and their informal carers

will inform the development of

new interventions in designing and

delivering services to support this

patient group. The study will take

six to nine months and is based on

one-hour-long individual interviews,

which will take place over the phone

or face-to-face or virtual meetings,

if possible.

"We are looking for people,

or their informal carers, who are

aged 70 or over, diagnosed with

Type 2 diabetes and have been

on insulin treatment for the past

six-24 months", says researcher

Chaya Langerman (pictured).

Interested participants will

receive an information pack (covering

letter, participant information sheet,

consent form for participation in the

study and consent form for filming

release). They will be contacted

within five days of posting to answer

any questions.

Participants will also receive a

£20 Amazon voucher, and any travel

expenses will be reimbursed.

To find out more and to take part,

email chaya.langerman@kcl.ac.uk

insulin and using it safely in this

age group, including difficulty in

administering insulin accurately.

Performing self-care tasks can

increase the risk of poor adherence,

medication errors, hypoglycaemia,

and hyperglycaemia.

Chaya Langerman

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