By krystpynen11 Latest Reply 2012-11-18 01:17:27 -0600
Started 2011-04-14 13:52:00 -0500

okay i know this is going to sound like a weird question but i'm going to go ahread and ask anyways…

I have been wanting to know if insulin a made in a lab or if it is from other people or animals…

replies would be graetly appreciated!!!

16 replies

Richard157 2011-04-17 19:37:16 -0500 Report

I have read about a few US diabetics who are allergic to modern day insulins, so they use pork insulin from Canada. One of my friends says he uses it in his pump. He has no allergy to the pork insulin. I used animal insulin for about 45 years and had no complications, even though I had high blood sugar most of the time.

A pig's insulin and human insulin are very similar. There was a time when an amino acid was removed from pork insulin, which made it identical to human insulin. I don't know if I used any of that insulin, or not.

The modern day insulins, Humalog in my case, gave me much better control, with a much more narrow range. Very few highs over 150 and few lows below 60. That and very good A1c's were great. Despite that, I did develop mild forms of retinopathy and neuropathy around the year 2000. I started pumping and my highs and lows became even fewer in number. All the symptoms of my complications disappeared.

kdroberts 2011-04-14 19:50:57 -0500 Report

There is very little animal based insulin in the US now, I don't think there is any commercially available here. Other countries have some park based, but I'm not sure about beef. The vast majority of common insulin (lantus, nph, levimir, novolog, humalog, apidra) are only available in rdna form and I believe most of that starts out as the e-coli virus.

Harlen 2011-04-14 18:13:29 -0500 Report

Dont let them lie to you .
They get it from mice they milk them and then get it from the milk .
Sorry it was to rich to let go lol lol lol
Jay has it right
There are no DFQ's but the one you didnt ask
Best wishes

Richard157 2011-04-17 19:20:25 -0500 Report

Harlen, you are a rascal! LOL!!!

jayabee52 2011-04-14 16:05:30 -0500 Report

Here's a MedicineNet article which tells about "insulin sources". It is the result of a google search on that term:

There are 3 main sources pork insulin, beef insulin and recombinant human insulin

Part of the article says: "Insulin was the first hormone to be synthesized completely in the laboratory, a feat accomplished in 1966 by the American worker Michael Katsoyannis and scientists in China. The first recombinant human insulin was approved by the FDA in 1982."

and No Krystal it's not a wierd question. I thought I knew, but it caused me to research it, and I now know more than I did before because of your question. Thank you!

bigbalooga1 2011-04-17 21:44:17 -0500 Report

An unasked Question , is a dumb question!

jayabee52 2011-04-18 00:59:43 -0500 Report

I agree! But I like to add "sincere" between "unasked" and "question." Because some immature ppl ask questions just to rile things up, or try to confuse things. But if the question is sincerely asked (and I can usually tell), I am happy to answer.

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