From San Francisco, California, USA:
My brother who is 26 years old was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes about a year ago. He has become very weak and has lost a lot of weight. He checks his blood sugar level two to four times in a week and takes insulin injection every week. He does not like to take insulin by injection. Is there any other way to take insulin as such by taking pills or using pumps? What is the best treatment for cure of Type 1 diabetes?
Treatment of insulin dependent diabetes requires injection of insulin at least twice daily to obtain any reasonable degree of control. Insulin pumps are an option for individuals highly motivated to test their blood sugars frequently and adjust their insulin to obtain better control and/or more flexibility. The insulin is given by the pump through an indwelling needle which must be inserted subcutaneously once every 2 to 4 days. More frequent insulin injections may also accomplish the same thing.
Pills have no place in the treatment of Type 1 diabetes. Delivery of insulin through the lungs by inhalation is investigational. The intranasal route of insulin has been tried, but has not been successful. "Needleless" injectors give insulin through the skin through high pressure streams of insulin, but even though no needle is involved, they are not always "painless".
Original posting 2 Sep 1998
Posted to Blood Tests and Insulin Injections
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:00
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