New drugs can deliver insulin through the stomach
team led by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has developed a drug capsule that can be used to deliver oral doses of insulin, possibly replacing the drugs that people with type I diabetes have to inject themselves every day.
Regarding blueberry size, the capsule contains a small needle made of compressed insulin, which is injected after the capsule reaches the stomach. In animal experiments, researchers have shown that they can provide enough insulin to reduce blood sugar to levels comparable to those produced by skin injections. They also demonstrated that the device could be adapted to other protein drugs.
"We really hope that this new capsule will one day help diabetics, and maybe anyone who needs treatment can now only be given by injection or infusion," said Massachusetts Institute of Technology member D.