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October 14, 2001

Insulin

Question from San Diego, California, USA:

Why can't insulin be made in a pill form like other hormones?

Answer:

Insulin cannot be given via the oral route because the low pH [in other words, high acid level] in the stomach chews up the insulin molecule and makes it inactive as a glucose lowering agent.

JTL