Diabetes Forecast

Asthma Drug May Prevent Hypoglycemia

By Miriam E. Tucker ,


It’s intriguing when investigators look at new uses for existing drugs. An inhaled medication called formoterol, used for treating asthma, may be helpful in fighting low blood glucose someday. In an experimental study of seven people with type 1 diabetes who were given intravenous insulin and glucose, taking inhaled formoterol just prior to the test reduced the amount of infused glucose needed to keep blood glucose levels normal. And when basal (background) insulin levels were experimentally doubled in five type 1 patients, formoterol kept their blood glucose from dropping too low without making them go too high. Of course, that doesn’t mean you should start using formoterol for blood glucose control. More studies are needed to see how the drug might best be used in people with diabetes.
Source: Diabetes Care, published online July 7, 2015



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