Back to Ask the Diabetes Team Ask the Diabetes Team

From Arkansas, USA:

My son who is 28 and has had Type 1 Diabetes for 3 years heard something on a TV local news show about nasal spray insulin, but we have not been able to find out anything about it. Has there been any recent developments in the research or testing of nasal spray of Insulin? It is our understanding that previous results have not been very reliable.


The idea of trying to control diabetes with insulin by nasal spray has long been a beguiling one. A few years ago it was tried again as a way of managing mild degrees of acidosis. It is unsatisfactory however firstly because it requires a much more concentrated insulin and secondly because absorption is erratic. The same criticisms can be made about iontophoresis another 'injection avoiding' process.

Studies are now underway and being planned for using insulin as a means of 'vaccinating' or 'tolerising' susceptible persons against diabetes. In this situation absorption is much less critical and both oral and intranasal routes are being considered.


Original posting 14 Feb 97


  Home Return to Top

Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:08:54
This Internet site provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional.

This site is published by T-1 Today, Inc. (d/b/a Children with Diabetes), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which is responsible for its contents.
By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use, Legal Notice, and Privacy Policy.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2015. Comments and Feedback.