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[IP] Shot-Free Insulin Treatments Tested/Paul Recer
- Subject: [IP] Shot-Free Insulin Treatments Tested/Paul Recer
- From: email @ redacted
- Date: Thu, 6 May 1999 16:50:18 EDT
Just thought you would want to know there is a HUGE error in the story I
received today titled
Shot-Free Insulin Treatments Tested
.c The Associated Press
By PAUL RECER
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Researchers who tested more than 50,000 natural and
synthetic substances say they have found a fungus compound that acts like
insulin, raising the possibility that diabetics in the future may take pills
instead of shots.
In type II diabetes, which affects about 10 percent of Americans over the age
of 40, patients are able to make insulin, but cells in the body become
insensitive to the hormone. Type II diabetes usually is controlled by diet,
weight loss and taking pills that improve the body's utilization of insulin.
Some drugs recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration are for the
treatment of Type II diabetes.
YOU NEED TO RECHECK YOUR FACTS!!! Type II diabetes affects 90% NINETY!!) of
Americans! It is Type I diabetes that only affects 10%. As one of those
few, the proud, the insulin user, I resent being lumped into that OTHER 90%,
but in truth - that is a really really really HUGE error. I mean, if it was
like 45% and 55% I could understand switching the two, but 90% and 10%
A Type I with an "A" personality
All diabetic patients must frequently check glucose levels in their blood in
order to properly control their disease.
Zhang said that, unlike insulin, L-783,281 can be taken as pills. The
compound can be absorbed by the digestive system and still act on the cells
of the body. Insulin is destroyed by digestion and, for this reason, must be
given by injection, a regimen that is often difficult for patients to accept.
Dr. Robert Goldstein, vice president of research at the Juvenile Diabetes
Foundation, said the discovery of L-783,281 ``is a real advance'' in diabetes
``It offers the promise of an alternative approach in which patients would
not have to have insulin shots,'' he said. But Goldstein cautioned that a
great deal more study is needed before L-783,281 could be safely tested on
``This still needs a lot of work,'' he said.
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