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October 2004, Volume 34 Number 10 , p 30 - 30




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    People with diabetes may soon be able to inhale insulin rather than injecting it. According to a new study, an inhaled form of insulin offers patients effective long-term control of blood glucose levels without painful injections.

    Previous 12-week studies showed inhaled insulin's effectiveness in treating types 1 and 2 diabetes. To gauge the treatment's long-term effectiveness, researchers followed 121 people from those previous studies for 1 year.

    Measures of long-term blood glucose levels, such as improvement in hemoglobin A1C levels, were similar in various groups of patients: those who continued taking inhaled insulin, those who switched from injected to inhaled insulin, those who continued taking injected insulin, and those who switched from inhaled to injected insulin. Episodes of low blood glucose levels were also similar among patients in all groups. But people using the inhaled insulin reported much greater satisfaction, ...

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