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Diabetic Digest - Wednesday, March 14, 2007
News, updates and help from and for the diabetic community.


I have another doctor's visit tonight. I'm hoping for more 
great news on the weight-loss. I'm keeping my fingers 

I'm excited about Spring. Spring brings me thoughts of 
exercising in the outdoors and getting all the fresh air 
I can handle. So here's to Spring. May it get here as soon 
as possible. 


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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new study shows that inhaled 
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There has been concern that inhaled insulin might cause a 
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Side effects were about the same with both treatments, the 
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among those treated with inhaled insulin (38 percent) than 
among those treated with injected insulin (13 percent). 

Both groups kept their blood sugar levels under control, 
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similar with both treatments. Episodes of seriously low 
blood sugar levels, however, were less common with inhaled 
insulin treatment, as was weight gain. 

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years)," Skyler concluded in comments to Reuters Health 

"Many additional studies are underway, including longer 
duration for safety and comparisons with rapid-acting 
insulin analogs," he added. 

SOURCE: Diabetes Care, March 2007.

Copyright 2007 Reuters Limited.


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