WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Thanks to nanotechnology, you may not need to take insulin shots ever again.
- Smart contact lenses that measure glucose levels in tears using a tiny wireless chip and miniaturized glucose sensors are being developed.
Between watching what you eat, monitoring your blood sugar levels and making sure you exercise enough, you may feel that dealing with diabetes can be a tough battle. You may be dreaming of a time when you won’t have to prick your finger or take insulin shots throughout the day. While this day hasn’t come yet, it may not be as far away as you think. We’ve found two futuristic gadgets that could make dealing with diabetes a thing of the past.
Nanotechnology May End Insulin Injections
Thanks to nanotechnology, you may not need to take insulin shots ever again. A professor at UCSF, Tejal Desai, is currently implanting millions of pancreatic cells into these tiny capsules that can eventually be implanted into the body in an effort to create an artificial pancreas. Blood sugar would then flow directly into the capsule and trigger the release of insulin to help control blood sugar levels. This device had to be meticulously designed so that the body doesn’t go into attack mode and trigger natural antibodies thinking it’s a foreign invader. However, it also had to be large enough so that the insulin can flow freely in and out of the body.
Contact Lenses for Diabetes Relief
Together, Brian Otis and Babak Parviz are working on developing smart contact lenses that measure glucose levels in tears using a tiny wireless chip and miniaturized glucose sensors. These sensors would be embedded between two layers of soft contact lens material.
This smart duo is also investigating the potential for these lenses to serve as an early warning sign for the user. The user would be alerted once glucose levels have crossed above or below a certain threshold. Although these prototypes are still in the early stages of development and not finalized, several research studies are being held to refine the current models, as well as working towards FDA approval.
For better insulin regulation and blood sugar, you can try a chromium supplement.