Thu 5 Mar, 2009 08:54 pm
Insulin is normally injected through either syringes into the lower abdomen or through a catheter with an insulin pump into the lower abdomen, so I was wondering what would happen to someone if insulin was squirted into their mouth. What would happen to someone's blood glucose levels if insulin was given orally?
I would think that if it did anything to blood glucose that all diabetics would use insulin that way instead of sticking themselves with a needle every few hours.
If you swallow it, it will be destroyed in the stomach. Have no idea what would happen if you just held it in your mouth.
What Roger says. And if you keep it in your mouth, nothing will happen, either. Insulin is too big a molecule to make it directly from your mouth into the blood stream.