Diabetes Forecast

Intranasal Glucagon Raises Blood Glucose

By Miriam E. Tucker ,

People with diabetes who take insulin or drugs called sulfonylureas can experience low blood glucose (hypoglycemia). Most of the time, people can treat themselves by eating or drinking something sugary. But if the episode is severe and the individual can’t self-treat, a glucose-raising hormone called glucagon can be given by someone else. Currently glucagon is only available in a kit and must be mixed with a liquid solution and given by injection. But researchers are studying an experimental intranasal version. In a study of 75 adults with type 1 diabetes who were given insulin to lower their blood glucose, both the intranasal formulation and the injections raised glucose levels to 70 mg/dl or greater within 30 minutes. (For more on the intranasal glucagon used in the study, go here.)
Source: Diabetes Care, published online Dec. 17, 2015



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