Insulin injection alternative for people with type 2 diabetes

Certified diabetes educator Laura Russell and Steve Fritzke discuss what it is like living with diabetes and proper treatments.

No one likes getting shots, especially the 26 million Americans with type 2 diabetes. 

They typically have to give themselves up to 28 insulin injections a week. But now, a first-of-its-kind device is changing that. 

Valeritas recently received FDA clearance for what they call the only wearable, disposable insulin delivery device in the world. 

The V-Go is worn on the skin, under clothing and measures just 2 inches long. The user fills it with insulin, sticks it on their stomach or arm and then clicks it for a steady flow of insulin throughout the day. After 24 hours, the device is thrown away, replaced by a new one. 

This allows people with Type 2 diabetes to discreetly give themselves insulin, clicking the device hidden under their clothing. It also means just once a day instead of a couple dozen injections every week.

More information is available online.

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