Diabetics: is it time to bin the insulin?
By Andy Coghlan A PIONEERING hormone treatment may be the secret to an easy life for diabetics, consigning insulin shots and regular glucose monitoring to the medical history books. Most people associate diabetes with insulin, the pancreatic hormone that dictates how much glucose circulates in blood. Type 1 diabetics have to inject the hormone because they can’t make it themselves. Now, the spotlight is turning on insulin’s lesser-known pancreatic twin, glucagon, as a treatment that could control blood glucose levels without the need for daily monitoring. Whereas insulin clears surplus glucose from the blood after meals,