Inhalable Insulin

AURORA, Co. - Inhalable insulin, the latest alternative for patients with diabetes.

As opposed to the standard delivery of insulin through an injection or pump, Afrezza is used through what looks like an asthma inhaler.

Hal Joseph, a Physicians Assistant at CU Anschutz Barbara Davis Center and patient with diabetes for 52 years both prescribes and uses Afrezza. Joseph said, "it works well in rapidly reducing blood sugars and stopping blood sugars from rising rapidly at mealtime."

"I've gotten some very positive feedback from patients I have prescribed this for and even myself in terms of as I said, more rapid onset, rapid correction," said Joseph.

Some patients with diabetes have said that inhalable insulin has allowed them to live an easier, more spontaneous, and active lifestyle, but it must be used with a long acting insulin in people that have Type 1 diabetes.

"It's a very new product and patients are not aware at this point," said Joseph. "I think it's up to us to find patients that will benefit."