You cannot swallow Insulin in the sense that it will help you as a medicine! I mean you can swallow it, and it won’t hurt you. But it won’t do the job it’s supposed to do. It is supposed to lower sugar levels in the blood and control diabetes.
I am writing this because I have recently overheard an astonishing conversation about diabetic medicines. It was like a little competition about who is taking which pills and how many and who has to inject insulin instead of – taking it as a pill. No! No! No! Insulin is a protein, and if you swallow a protein it will be digested, means cut in pieces. Insulin cut in pieces cannot do its job.
Human Insulin is a protein!
The pills do not contain insulin. The pills have different functions like slowing down the digestion, motivating the body to produce more insulin and keeping the liver from sending out more sugar into the body. All of this helps the body to keep up with the amounts of sugar and carbs that are eaten.
Insulin can be prepared to work in different ways like fast and short, or slow and long, or medium fast and medium long. There is a link to a nice table showing the different types of insulin and how they work. Since different bodies simply react differently, and every life-style is unique, there is no better or worse, and there should definitely be no competition.
Will be digested, …
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