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What happens when insulin is put in the mouth?

 
 
RvW385
 
Reply 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?
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littlek
 
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Reply Thu 5 Mar, 2009 09:04 pm
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.
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roger
 
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Reply Thu 5 Mar, 2009 09:30 pm
@RvW385,
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.
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Thomas
 
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Reply Thu 5 Mar, 2009 10:30 pm
@RvW385,
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.
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