Insulin pill hope for diabetics
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Tuesday, 11 September 2007, 00:03 GMT
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Diabetes patients could soon be able to take
a pill to control their condition instead of
repeated injections, researchers have claimed.

Experts at the Robert Gordon University in
Aberdeen have found insulin can be covered
by a coating which means it could eventually
be taken orally.


"Being able to take insulin orally would have
a significant impact on the lives of many of these
patients - not just eliminating the need for injec-
tions, but also offering a much more convenient
form of treatment."


Other scientists have also been looking at ways
to deliver insulin by mouth without it being
degraded in the stomach.

Taiwanese investigators are using a chemical
found in shrimp shells to protect the drug.


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