Scientists Create Painless Insulin Patch
When you have diabetes, monitoring your insulin level is practically a part-time job. That's because avoiding rapid spikes or decreases in insulin is critical to your health. Some people are able to manage insulin levels by following a strict diet, losing weight if necessary, and getting regular exercise. But others need medication or insulin injections to keep blood sugar levels stable. It's no secret that when you have diabetes, regulating insulin levels is a daily challenge.
But what if there was a better way to control insulin levels? A group of researchers in North Carolina set out to find a solution. They developed a smart insulin patch that can help regulate blood sugar levels to prevent dangerous spikes and drops that can be harmful to your health. The patch is filled with beta cells that release insulin on demand, and it could replace painful insulin injections.
In one test, the patch was able to recognize a spike in blood sugar levels, release insulin, and get blood sugar levels back to normal in less than 10 hours without the need for insulin injections or an insulin pump.
Researchers recently published the results of a study using the smart insulin patch on animals in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. More testing and research will be required before the smart insulin patch can be used by humans. But this advancing research may ultimately help control diabetes for millions of people.
If you have diabetes, or even pre-diabetes, managing your diet is one of the most important things you can do to control blood sugar levels. Regular meals and healthy snacks throughout the day can help prevent large fluctuations in blood sugar levels.
But eating healthy to manage diabetes doesn't have to be hard. Just check out all the Diabetic-Friendly meals you can enjoy for breakfast, lunch or dinner.