New insulin delivery device available now for diabetics

HARTFORD - No one likes getting shots, especially the 26 million Americans with Type 2 diabetes, who typically have to give themselves up to 28 insulin injections weekly.

Now, a first-of-its-kind device is changing that.

Valeritas recently received FDA approval as 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, about the size of a tic-tac.

The user fills it with insulin, sticks it 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 discretely give themselves insulin, clicking the device that is hidden under their clothing.

It also means just once a day instead of a couple dozen injections every week.

Type 2 is the most common form of diabetes … affecting 95 percent of those who have it. With Type 2 the body doesn’t produce enough insulin, or use it properly.