Taking The Sting Out Of Diabetes

A diagnosis of diabetes raises a depressing vision of daily, painful insulin shots and a lifetime of complications. But there has been a sea change in the treatment of the disease over the past five years: New classes of drugs can eliminate the need for insulin injections in some patients, while easy-to-use home glucose monitoring equipment allows patients to precisely control their blood-sugar levels and stave off the dread effects of diabetes. In the pipeline are still more drugs, including a method for inhaling insulin that could eliminate needles forever.

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