Insulin Inhaler on the Horizon - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/16/04

Insulin Inhaler on the Horizon

A new insulin system takes the sting out of diabetes. Some people have to give themselves up to three injections a day to control their disease, but at a Washington hospital center, they're testing a new device for diabetics -- an insulin inhaler that could eventually replace those shots.

"Instead of having a needle, getting a stick every day, three times a day, you are inhaling three times a day or so. This is like regular insulin, so you would take it prior to meals," says Andrea Herne, project coordinator.

"So, I think this is a god send for a lot of people. A lot of people are going to want to be on this medication, so I just hope it works out well," says David Harrison, diabetic.

The inhaler converts powdered insulin into a fine mist which is inhaled through the mouth. The treatment takes less than a couple of minutes, and researchers say there are few side effects.

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