Mercy Endocriologist Dr. Supneet Saluja Discusses New Form of “Inhalable Insulin” for Diabetes Patients

March 11, 2015
Center for Endocrinology at Mercy - Baltimore, MD

Patients with diabetes may now have another way of getting their much-needed insulin other than having to inject it.

Insulin is a crucial part of managing diabetes for many who have the disease, which means daily injections with needles are needed to regulate blood-sugar levels.

But in the past few months, the Food and Drug Administration approved a new insulin that patients can inhale.

The new FDA-approved insulin inhaler has just become available. According to Mercy endocrinologist Dr. Supneet Saluja of The Endocrinology Center, it's another way to manage Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

"If you have it in an inhaled form, the phobia of needles goes away. The device itself is really easy to use. It's like any other inhaler out in the market, and so I think it's user friendly," Dr. Saluja said.

But because you breathe the insulin into your lungs, you should check with your doctor first if you have asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, are a current or ex-smoker and are pregnant or breastfeeding.

"It's a challenging disease. I believe treatment has to be individualized. There is no set formula, so one thing that works great for one patient might not work for the other patient," Dr. Saluja said. "But we have so many different options that make it very exciting."

View Dr. Saluja’s interview regarding inhalable insulin for diabetes.

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