Researchers Devise Pain-free Skin Patch for Type 2 Diabetic Patients

Published By : 27 Dec 2017 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

A team of researchers at the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering have developed a biochemical patch constituting of microneedles that can dissolve over time and may prove to be a boon for the ever increasing pool of patients suffering from diabetes. The patch has responded to chemistry of blood and shown strong signs of managing glucose automatically.

Via a practical with mice, the researchers have shown that chemicals collaborate within the bloodstream and can help regulate sugar level in blood for several days. Going forward, the aim is to increase the size of the patch as well as optimize it in terms of shape, length, and morphology of needles. If everything goes well, there are further possibilities of these patches being made water proof, allowing the patients of take a shower.

NIBIB scientific director, Richard Leapman, reveals that his team has concentrated on the fact that unlike type 1 diabetic patients, a type 2 diabetic patient can still produce small among of insulin, which is essential for converting sugar into energy.

It must be noted that there are hundreds of millions of people suffering from diabetes and nearly 90 percent of them are type 2 cases. For a type 2 diabetic patient, a pinch on a finger or even an insulin injection has become a part of life in order to manage their sugar and glucose levels in bloodstream. For this expanding patient pool, the companies operating in the healthcare sector can utilize these pain-free skin patch and find a swift solution.

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