Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
June 27, 2000
Question from Northern Ireland:
Can you please explain why insulin is primarily administered as a subcutaneous injection?
Insulin is a protein, made up of amino acids, and so will be broken down in the stomach if taken orally. The only effective way of taking it is by avoiding the gut, so injecting it is at present the simplest and effective way. There are trial underway of use of inhaled insulin, which may be available in the near future. However, it will not replace insulin injections yet.