Insulin in pill form !!!!

By dyanne Latest Reply 2009-05-26 10:25:38 -0500
Started 2009-05-26 00:19:46 -0500

I just read this on health quest that scientist feel that soon insulin may be available in pill form. That would be great, has anyone heard anything about this before ??

4 replies

kdroberts 2009-05-26 10:25:38 -0500 Report

Yes, but don't get your hopes up. They have put insulin in a pill and it does seem to work somewhat in the small trials that it's gone through. However, it's easy to say "insulin in a pill" but it's very different to actually use it in a practical way. As I understand it now it's regular insulin so if you take a rapid acting one, a long lasting one, a mix or anything that isn't regular then the pill won't be for you. Then you have to work in the dose and how it actually works with your body. Would you really be willing to stop 1 shot of lantus for maybe (completely made up number) 5 pills every 5 hours, day and night, or something similar?

There is an insulin spray that is available in other countries that isn't setting the world on fire and a patch being trialed which again isn't setting the world on fire. The places where these technologies may really be useful is things like set dose injections like Byetta, places where taking insulin is practically very hard (like the dessert for instance), war zones and the third world where aid is trying to get through and similar situations. I really don't see a massive market for it in the modern western countries.

Lanore 2009-05-26 05:44:22 -0500 Report

THis would be GREAT if true. I look forward to more on this one. I would surely welcome it. ;-)