The Insulin Inhaler - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/8/03

The Insulin Inhaler

It's not uncommon for diabetics to stick themselves several times a day to keep their insulin in check. This would take the place of all those shots.

Patients just load an insulin packet into the inhaler, break it, and breathe it in. Patients in this national study have been divided into two groups. Half use the insulin inhaler three times a day. The other half takes four shots a day instead. Nearly a year later, the results look good.

Dr. Rajeez Jain, Endocrinologist, says that inhaled insulin works equally as well as injectable insulin. Dr. Jain, who is in Milwaukee, says this is the first year of clinical trials in a two year national study.

Since the inhaler is still under study, no one knows yet what kind of cost difference there might be in getting insulin from an inhaler instead of injections.

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