For people with diabetes, the daily finger pricks and testing can get old quickly. However, it’s a key aspect to monitoring and managing glucose levels.
Fortunately, researchers are focused on making this entire process much less invasive and easier for the those with diabetes.
As a result of this research, a new patch is being developed that could help monitor glucose levels and administer medicine automatically.
The patch, which is described in the journal Nature Nanotechnology, will monitor a person’s temperature, humidity, glucose and Ph levels. Then based upon the results, it can painlessly inject insulin or metformin through micro-needles.
According to the MIT Technology Review, the patch was developed jointly by Dae-Hyeong Kim, assistant professor at Seoul National University, and researchers at MC10, a flexible-electronics company located in Massachusetts.
The big hope is that this type of technology could soon be an alternative treatment to traditional diabetes care. The patch could even store data about the patient’s glucose levels and the amount of medication administered, then transmit that data wirelessly to a smartphone app. Wow!
Unfortunately, the technology isn’t ready for prime time just yet. It still requires a lot of testing and refinement to work in all environments (cold weather is an area that needs to be addressed due to how the sensors use sweat to analyze the glucose levels).
That being said, it’s great to see these type of advances that can dramatically improve the lives of so many people.
[H/T Mental Floss]