Despite being inconvenient, daily insulin injections are a welcome life-saving necessity for diabetes sufferers. However, a breakthrough in insulin research could spell the end for the daily needle.
Researchers from Melbourne’s Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research claim to have uncovered the means by which insulin binds to the surface of cells. The discovery could prove to be the first step in developing an alternative means to administering insulin medications, or a medication which has longer lasting properties so injections can be given less frequently.
An estimated one million Australians are diagnosed with diabetes at some stage in life and the World Health Organisation predicts that it will be the seventh leading cause of death in the world by 2030.
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