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I just started taking insulin and I am freaking out now about catching a disease from it! Can a person contract swine flu from animal insulin?  Someone told me that comes from animals, and I looked it up and  they really do use the insulin from pigs and cows to make up injectable insulin!  I don't want to contract swine flu from taking insulin from livestock.  I am wondering if it could transfer from the pig to its pancreas and get into us by putting its insulin in our blood system!  I think I will ask the doctor if I can have insulin made synthetically instead.  I don't want to take any risks!

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Hi Guest,

Where do you live?

In the US, insulin does not come from animals, it is genetically engineered, usually made by bacteria.

 

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Yeah, the beef insulin has been discontinued a long time ago and swine is used in other parts of the world. I believe the US only uses synthetically made insulin that mimics human insulin. I don't think there is a need to worry about getting swine flu anyway since the virus wouldn't pass through to a pig's pancreas if it had it. And I would imagine it would be tested for swine flu before it had insulin extracted from it, right?
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