New Treatment Option for Type 2 Diabetics
The Richland Hospital Diabetes Education team recently began offering a new option to Type 2 Diabetics. The V-Go is a new insulin delivery device designed to mimic the insulin pattern of your body.
Patients place the device on their skin by pulling of a sticky tab, similar to a bandaid. Once in place, pressing a button inserts a small needle into your skin to deliver insulin. The V-Go releases small amounts of (basal rate) insulin continuously over 24 hours. When it’s meal time, you count your carbs and if needed, you can set the V-Go to release a large (bolus) amount of insulin to counteract what you are eating.
Richard Rabehl is a patient at the Richland Hospital who recently started using the V-Go. He is a 67-year old truck driver and a part-time farmer with Type 2 Diabetes. He has been on insulin for 4 or 5 years and on pills for longer. When Richard talked to Ty Mulholland, CDE about his interest in using an insulin pump, Mulholland talked to Richard about the V-Go. He gave it a try and after 4 to 6 months his A1C dropped from over 10 to about 7 ½. “I wear the V-Go on my stomach,” Richard said. “I don’t even know its there.”
If you or someone you love is looking for a different way to control their diabetes, talk to one of the three Richland Hospital’s Certified Diabetes Educators. They can give you information on V-Go.