Insulin pills: the next big thing in diabetes?

The need to inject insulin is often seen as a barrier to treatment in diabetes, but getting the hormone into pill form has proven notoriously difficult.

Now two research teams say they may have found a way to do it, albeit using different approaches.

The problem for any oral formula is to get the insulin through the highly acidic environment of the GI tract. Insulin will naturally degrade in the stomach before it has the chance to get absorbed into the bloodstream.

To counter this, researchers from Niagara University in