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Inhaled Insulin: Have You Considered This 'painless' Alternative?

Feb 1, 2008
Insulin, a hormone produced by the Islets of Langerhans in your pancreas, plays an integral role the process of digestion, enabling your body to recognize the presence of glucose and thus assimilate and utilize it. Diabetes occurs either when your body fails to produce the requisite amounts of insulin, or fails to discern the presence of this hormone altogether, which leads to the unused glucose flooding your bloodstream. And thus, the most effective way to regulate these wayward blood glucose levels is to administer insulin to the body, which prevents diabetes from complicating into its more advanced stages.

Modern-day methods of treating diabetes aim bridge this discrepancy by allowing your body the requisite amounts of insulin when it is incapable of producing any of its own. This insulin has hitherto been administered solely through insulin injections, which are used in keeping with your body's requirement of this hormone. Insulin injections are addled with one major drawback which is the discomfort and uneasiness they pose to the diabetic, especially if he is very young, or even elderly. This apprehension leads many victims of diabetes to delay managing their disease with insulin, until the disease finally progresses to its more menacing phases.

With the recent spike in diabetes victims, researchers have begun to analyze and develop alternative means of administering insulin, which is believed to bring down the alarming number of diabetes related deaths by a substantial percentage. One of the major criteria in developing such a method has been ease of use, to encourage diabetics to a healthier approach to treating this disease. One such method that has proved itself both in the scientific and public realms is Inhaled Insulin.

As the name suggests, this method is centered on inhaling insulin through the mouth via a device which regulates the amount of insulin that you breathe in, as per the dosage that is recommended for you. Previous attempts to administer insulin through the nostrils has not delivered very promising results, given the fact that the membranes in the nasal cavity filter out a large portion of the insulin, compelling the individual to intake extremely high doses.

Once an appropriate dosage has been determined by your physician, you can administer the suitable amount of insulin via insulin blisters, which fit into your inhalation device. This insulin is fast acting; in that, it manifests its effect on your blood glucose within a time span of as little as 20 minutes. The murkier side of the picture is that the effect lasts for only about 6 hours, which is not a very workable alternative if you're looking for a steadier form of blood glucose regulation.

Inhaled insulin is also off-limits for individuals who suffer from respiratory disorders like asthma, while also those who tend to smoke excessively. This is because this form of insulin administration can bring about after effects like chest pain, nosebleed and a sore throat. In individuals who are particularly prone to allergic reactions, inhaled insulin can also cause wheezing, itching, hives and rashes, which makes it an unfeasible alternative for pregnant women.

Inhaled insulin has a number of conspicuous advantages over its injected counterpart, however, to guard against the possible after-effects, make sure you physician is well-aware and approving of your decision to switch to inhaled insulin. Certain medical practitioners also strongly recommend a thorough physical examination to ward off any unpleasant surprises. Diabetes therapy is only effective when practiced on a regular basis and with diligence and here, inhaled insulin is no exception. Broaden your horizons with regards to diabetes treatment today you'll be surprised at how simple and trouble-free treating this disease can be!
About the Author
Julia Hanf author of the book How To Play the Diabetes Diet Game and Win Through a real life crisis Julia figured out how to live diabetes free. Visit http://www.yourdiabetescure.com and learn more about your solution for diabetes.
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