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Posted by B Jones on October 19, 1999 at 01:24:09:

I have a question on an assignment that asks whether or not insulin can be given orally and why. I know that insulin cannot be administered orally but I am confused as to the reason why. Is it because the acidic environment of the stomach deactivates or cleaves the polypeptide that is insulin or is it because insulin cannot be absorbed from the digestive tract into the blood stream where it functions?
I would be interested to hear other opinion on this because maybe I'm on the wrong track all together!

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