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March 24, 2021

New Technologies To Help With Diabetes

Diabetes is one of the complicated chronic conditions, and experts are always looking for innovations in this field. Irrespective of whether it is Type 2 or 1, several parameters are to consider when new tech in diabetes is discovered. In the last year, due to the pandemic, there was a lot of interruption in the labs, so developments were taking time. Here are some details of the discoveries in the world of diabetes care. 

Replacing needles with lasers 

A non-invasive device was designed to check blood glucose levels and funded by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB). Through this, the blood sugar level can be measured without the standard finger prick. Diabetic people need to prick several times to measure the blood sugar levels by obtaining a small blood sample. It is created by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers can detect the same by observing how it reacts with light. The device is convenient to use and more portable. 

Type 1 diabetes prevention and beta cells

Beta cells responsible for making insulin are affected by the immune system in type 1 diabetes. Researchers from Joslin Diabetes Center did a new study inhibiting the protein renalase protecting the beta cells against stress. It enhances their survival rate and continues the process of producing insulin. Most importantly, an FDA-approved drug can do it in a better way. As per the experts of the JoslinDiabetes center and Medical Xpress, it was effective on both mice and individual human cells. Thus, they are planning to move to human clinical trials. 

Measure diabetes with a wearable ultrasound patch 

A wearable and flexible patch used for measuring blood pressure is developed by researchers to detect diabetes. It will also help people suffering from cardiovascular problems. It emits ultrasound waves, through which even blood pressure can be measured. It can also be used to detect heart diseases, high blood pressure, and heart valve problems. 

Artificial pancreas system 

An artificial pancreas system was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to regulate and monitor blood glucose levels automatically. It was designed based on years of findings done by the University of Virginia Center for Diabetes Technology. It continuously monitors the glucose levels and delivers the insulin as required. In a way, there is no need for the patient to check blood sugar levels through the usual process. The clinical trials of this process showed significant results for a longer period. This method is a better way to check your blood sugar level in the body. 

Detect diabetes to prevent blindness

According to reports, around 899,000 Americans have suffered from blindness due to diabetes. But by detecting retinopathy at an early stage, this can be treated, and loss of vision can be prevented. In this process, a smartphone camera and an additional lens is used to find the status. The research team is working on the application through which patients will be in a position to send images to specialists. In that way, prevention can be easier by getting the right medication on time.  

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