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What should I know before beginning insulin therapy for diabetes?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

If you have chronic lung disease, such as asthma or COPD, you should not use inhaled insulin.

If you have impaired kidney function or impaired liver function, inhaled insulin may not be a good option for you.

It is not known if inhaled insulin is safe for pregnant women.

Inhaled insulin is not recommended for people who smoke or have recently quit smoking.

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