Can you take pills instead of insulin?

Can you take insulin in pill form?

Insulin is not available as a pill. It is a protein, and the stomach would digest it the way it digests a lamb chop. Insulin must be measured into a syringe and injected by needle. That's how every insulin dependent diabetic does it, except for the few who own a needleless injector that jet sprays it in.

The future may hold better news. Scientists are working to perfect an encapsulated insulin pill that can pass through the stomach without being digested. And, hear this: At the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, they have had success with insulin in suppositories. The question we have with this innovation is: would it really be all that much more convenient to, for example, insert an insulin suppository before dinner at a restaurant?


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