Diabetes news: New skin patch will measure glucose levels without need for finger-prick


Researchers at the University of Bath said it could even be linked to a smartphone app that warns diabetics when to act. The new device promises to replace the current and unpopular method to analyze the blood sugar levels used by millions of diabetics. Nearly 3.7 million Britons were diagnosed and are expected to increase to five million by 2025. Professor Richard Guy, of the Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, said: "A non-invasive method, that is, without needles, to control sugar in the blood has proved to be a difficult goal to achieve. " The closest that has been achieved has required at least a one-point calibration with a classic "finger". or the implantation of a pre-calibrated sensor through a single needle insertion. "The monitor developed at Bath promises a truly free calibration approach, an essential contribution in the fight against the growing global incidence of diabetes." PA The patch injects glucose into the skin through a series of miniature sensors that use a small electric current. Glucose accumulates in small deposits where it is measured, with the ability to take readings every ten to 15 minutes for several hours. Researchers now expect it to become a low-cost portable sensor that sends regular measurements to a user's phone or smart watch. Notices could also be configured to warn a user when to act, they said. Different types of diabetes Mon, January 1, 2018 What types of diabetes are there? From types 1 and 2 to gestational diabetes. Type 1 diabetes Diabetes: an autoimmune disease that prevents the body from producing insulin to regulate blood sugar levels Dr. Adelina Ilie, from the Department of Physics, said: "The specific architecture of our matrix allows an operation without calibration and it has more benefit than allowing the realization with a variety of materials in combination. "We use graphene as one of the components, since it brings important advantages. Specifically, it is strong, conductive, flexible and potentially economical and environmentally friendly. "In addition, our design can be implemented using high-performance manufacturing techniques such as screen printing, which we hope will ultimately be compatible with a disposable and widely available device. accessible. "An important advantage over other test devices is that each miniature sensor in the array can operate in a small area on an individual hair follicle, the scientists said. They explained that this significantly reduces the variability in glucose extraction and increases the accuracy of the measurements. The team initially tested the pig skin patch, which showed that it could accurately track glucose levels throughout the range observed in human diabetic patients. Other tests on healthy human volunteers again showed that he could track blood sugar variations throughout the day. Now they hope to improve The design allows full functionality during a 24-hour wear period and conducts clinical trials. In Britain, just under six percent of adults have diabetes.

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