Saturday, January 28, 2006

Inhaled Insulin-All You Need to Know

The news world has been abuzz about inhaled insulin, but I'm skeptical about its promise for type 1 diabetes. It's difficult to measure this type of insulin accurately and seems to be more appropriate for type 2's whose pancreata still make some of their own insulin. There's also serious concern about long term effects of inhaling a substance so often, over a lifetime for our kids. In addition, for insulin-dependent people with type 1 diabetes, long-term insulin such as Lantus would still be required. And it's questionable whether control would be even as good as Lantus+Humalog/Novolog, let alone a pump. I'll keep my party hat in the closet, for now.

As usual, Jeff Hitchcock of Children with Diabetes is on top of it...