May 13, 2000
Question from British Columbia, Canada:
I heard recently that it is now possible to replace insulin injections with a pill, but trials could only able be started in a couple of years. Is this true? If so, why can the trial only be started in a couple of years?
Type 1 diabetes is an insulin dependent condition and, at present, the only way to reliably give insulin is by injection. A number of other delivery methods are being trialed including inhaled insulin but none have yet come to market.