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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Oral Insulin Anyone?

(Image Credit: Israel 21st Century)

When it comes to diabetes, patients afflicted usually have two options in order to maintain their insulin at healthy levels. They can either choose to stick to a specific diet, or (painfully) opt for needles.

But now it seems as if a Jewish scientist may make it possible for those suffering from diabetes to simply treat the disease as one would treat a minor headache.

(Israel 21st Century) The Oramed Insulin Capsule is an orally ingestible soft gel insulin capsule that the company believes will help Type 2 diabetics reduce the dependency on insulin shots and even prevent them from needing them at a later stage of the disease.

The capsule has been specially engineered to protect the insulin from the destructive effects of gastric juices. The insulin it delivers goes straight to the liver, which stores insulin and controls the dose being delivered to the body, and from there is sent out into the bloodstream.

According to Dr. Miriam Kidron, this capsule has the potential of helping the body by allowing the person's liver to control the level of insulin administered in the blood stream, instead of injecting random amounts via needle.

This allows the body to avoid becoming insulin dependent, which seems to be a drawback of using a needle to maintain healthy insulin levels.

Note: The company producing this is called Oramed, and you can find more information about this revolutionary drug over here.

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