[Missouri-l] Daily Insulin Injections Might be a Thing of The Past
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Mon Aug 2 20:13:28 CDT 2010
This article originally posted 28 July, 2010 and appeared in
Daily Insulin Shots May Be a Thing of the PastThat daily shot of insulin may soon be a thing of the past. Scientists at
the National Immunology Institute in New Delhi, India, have developed a new
of insulin which could maintain normal blood sugar levels for over 120
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Dr. Avadhesha Surolia, Director of the National Institute of Immunology and
Professor of Biophysics, Molecular Biophysics Unit, Indian Institute of
stated that the insulin currently available can work for a maximum of 18
hours, forcing diabetes patients to take at least one injection daily to
their sugar levels. With this new product, they can now restrict their
shots to once every four months.
Dr. Surolia said the new product, which has been tested successfully in
animals, was based on the principles of "protein folding," and could release
molecules in a controlled and sustained manner for over 120 days.
"The just above basal level of human insulin released in a sustained manner
has been found to be effective in not only controlling the upsurge in the
of blood glucose after meals, but also in preventing the dreaded early
morning hypoglycemia, which is caused by low glucose levels," he said.
The team has already patented the technology and transferred it to a
US-based company for fine-tuning and clinical trials, and the product is
be in the market in about six years.
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