Insulin delivery options just got a little better for people with type 2 diabetes.

Many people with type 2 diabetes use insulin, and most of them use syringes to inject or a pen. Pumps are expensive, can be complicated and it’s difficult to get insurance companies to allow them for type 2 patients. But now there is another option: The V-Go insulin delivery system.

The V-Go insulin delivery system by Valeritas is a disposable device meant to be worn for 24 hours. It delivers a constant dose of basal insulin with the option for bolus dosing before meals, and uses either Humalog or Novolog insulin. Although it looks like a patch pump, Valeritas says that it’s neither a pump nor a patch. The device is mechanical with no tubing, batteries or electronics. Here are three different reviews of the V-Go, one of which discusses the inner workings (because he took the thing apart!):

V-Go: Dissecting a New Breed of Patch Pump for Type 2s

Type 2 Insulin Therapy: Wherever You Go, V-Go

Patch Pumps: Insulin delivery options now and later for type 2 diabetes

Solving Common Insulin Complaints

One of the issues with insulin use among type 2 folks is that they don’t always dose when they should. There are a variety of reasons for this:

  • It’s inconvenient. Maybe they are out to dinner but their insulin is at home.
  • It’s embarrassing. Many people don’t inject their insulin in public for fear of reactions from the people around them.
  • It hurts. Lots of people dislike needles.
  • There is too much to lug around, including needles, syringes, insulin

The V-Go system solves these problems. It’s convenient because you wear it so it’s always with you. A simple click (or two or three) of a button delivers the bolus injection so it’s very discrete. There is a needle, but it’s one minor poke per day instead of numerous injections. I'd suggest asking your doctor about V-Go if you're interested, and if you try it, let us know in the community what you think!