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Insulin pills developed to replace insulin shots for diabetes

August 31, 2019


People with diabetes need daily insulin shots
to maintain optimal blood glucose levels. Thanks to a recently developed capsule, they
may soon be able to skip the painful shots and take insulin orally. Park Se-young tells us more. Millions of people suffering from diabetes
require a daily dose of insulin to manage their blood sugar levels. And that means using a needle and syringe. “I’ve been taking insulin for about four years
since 2012. The daily shots were painful and stressful.” The barrier to delivering insulin orally is
that stomach acid breaks down the pills before they can reach the bloodstream. But a research team in the U.S. has developed
a capsule made from naturally occurring lipid molecules, which normally help build fat. This allows the pill to remain intact while
traveling through the stomach. “They’re not recognized by the body as something
different and are generally regarded as safe. … And so the acid in the stomach has no
effect on them.” Once the capsules reach the bloodstream, they
are broken down to release insulin. Studies on rats have shown the pills to be
effective, and the researchers are scheduled to conduct additional animal testing before
potentially starting human trials. Park Se-young, Arirang News.

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5 Comments

  • Reply Shannon Sullivan October 2, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    yeah uncle Larry and aunt mary!

  • Reply Michael's ML&ATG November 6, 2017 at 4:48 am

    Such a cruel & archaic procedure to inject patients regularly. Why wasn't oral administration developed decades ago?

  • Reply Michael's ML&ATG November 6, 2017 at 4:52 am

    2017. The pill should have been developed long ago. Needle injections for years? That really is shameful!

  • Reply Wessam Mohamed September 13, 2018 at 9:58 pm

    Are these pills available in pharmacies or still under process??

  • Reply Timmy turner 9 August 13, 2019 at 9:46 pm

    So we’re the fuck is it???

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