Le diabète multiplie le risque d’insuffisance rénale, de l’accident cérébral et le plus souvent de l’amputation de jambes, sans oublier les impacts psychologiques et socio-économiques.

Diabetes: Replacing the insulin syringe with a pill will wait…

Diabetes increases the risk of kidney failure, stroke and, most often, leg amputation, not to mention the psychological and socioeconomic effects.

Patients with type 1 diabetes who are undergoing treatment with insulin injections are already excited to announce promising results from studies to develop a pill to replace injections. Looking for novelties from researchers from all over the world, these people are impatient to see the treatment country in Morocco. But it’s still early days, says Dr. Tayeb Hamdi. It only remains to validate it at international level and then start the procedure for its integration into the Moroccan market.

Good news for patients with type 1 diabetes: Canadian researchers are showing promising results for a drug that could replace insulin injections, which are essential to treat the disease. Together with “Le Matin” Dr. Health Policies and Systems Medical Researcher Tayeb Hamdi believes this study is revolutionary as it proposes an insulin formulation that eliminates the need to inject before each meal, thereby improving the quality of life and improving morale of millions of type 1s -Diabetics around the world. In detail, Dr. Hamdi that the drug proposed by the researchers contains insulin, which must be swallowed without risk of it being destroyed in the digestive system. “All insulin goes directly to the liver without being destroyed in the stomach, and gives virtually the same results as injectable insulin,” he notes.

The research team, adds Dr. Hamdi also developed another type of insulin tablet that dissolves when placed between the gum and cheek. “This technique delivers insulin directly to the liver without wasting it or breaking it down,” he explains. And to add that these researchers are on the right track, knowing that many studies have been started before without yielding any significant results. However, our interlocutor would like to specify that the tablet has been tested on rats and that human trials remain inevitable.

Once the study is completed, it will be carried out by a laboratory for the marketing of the product, possibly in Morocco with the authorization of the Ministry of Health and Social Protection. In other words, there is still a long way to go! Pending the launch of this drug, patients are being urged to continue their treatment at the risk of their health deteriorating. In this context, Dr. Hamdi notes that type 1 diabetes, which particularly affects children and adolescents under 20, greatly increases the risk of kidney failure, stroke and most often leg amputations, not to mention the psychological and socioeconomic effects.

On the cost side, the specialist hopes that the drug proposed by the researchers will be within reach of patients. In this regard, it should be remembered that millions of diabetics around the world are struggling to access insulin at an affordable price. The finding was made by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2021 to mark World Diabetes Day, which is celebrated on November 14. This problem is most acute in low- and middle-income countries, according to the organization, but also in countries where drug prices are poorly regulated, such as the United States. It should also be noted that studies are being launched all over the world to propose methods suitable for putting an end to diabetes. Instead, these researchers rely on the transplantation of stem cells that produce insulin in the liver. The studies, it seems, have progressed very well in recent years!


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