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Promising smart insulin patch could mean the end of diabetic injections


14/06/2015

A smart insulin patch could replace painful injections to help people keep their diabetes in check.

Insulin is a hormone that plays an essential role in regulating blood glucose levels. People with type 1 diabetes and advanced type 2 diabetes require regular insulin injections as their body either doesn’t produce enough insulin or reacts to it in the wrong way.

Researchers have developed a new type of glucose-sensing patch which is worn on the skin and delivers insulin in response to sensing high levels of glucose. The study, which used mice, showed that the patch was capable of reducing blood glucose to a normal level.

Although the research has shown promise, it is important to note that the research is in its early stages. The study was conducted on mice so we must first see whether these results are replicable in humans. Researchers also need to observe what the long term effects of wearing these patches are. We are still a long way off prescribing patches of these kind to diabetes patients and the best way of managing your diabetes is through diet and medication (where necessary).

Click here for AHPN’s commentary on diabetes in the African community in our official policy position