Good news for the Diabetic patients. According to researchers, Managing diabetes is much easier now. They have now developed the first ‘ Insulin Patch ‘ that can detect increases in blood sugar levels and secrete doses of insulin into the bloodstream whenever required.
Description of the Patch:
Size: A thin square no bigger than a penny.
Appearance: It is covered with more than 100 tiny needles, each about the size of an eyelash.
Utility: Secrete doses of insulin into the bloodstream whenever required.
The “microneedles” are packed with microscopic storage units which in turn store insulin and glucose-sensing enzymes that are rapidly release their cargo when blood sugar levels get too high.
“We have designed a patch for diabetes that works fast, is easy to use and made from non-toxic, bio-compatible materials,” said co-senior author Zhen Gu from University of North Carolina in the US.
“The whole system can be personalized to account for a diabetic’s weight and sensitivity to insulin,” he added, “so we could make the smart patch even smarter.” The study found that the new, painless patch could lower blood glucose in a mouse model of Type 1 diabetes for up to nine hours. Doctors across the field are opining that this new patch will revolutionize Diabetic treatments.