A Diabetes Breakthrough: Long-Lasting Insulin Shots
July 13 -- Up until now, people with diabetes have had to give themselves painful daily insulin shots, which last for only 16-18 hours at the most. But just this week, a team of Indian researchers developed a novel form of insulin for diabetics in which a single shot could help maintain near normal blood sugar levels for as long as 120 days.
The new form of insulin has been developed by the researchers of the National Immunology Institute, New Delhi under the guidance of Professor Avadhesha Surolia.
They demonstrated a new "prodrug"-precursor of a drug-that releases just about the right amount of insulin in the body in a sustained manner.
The team spent 2 million rupees and took two years to come with this novel solution. These scientists have already patented the technology, commercialized it and the new insulin could well become a big money spinner in times to come.