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Graphene and Gold Diabetic Wearable Makes the Prick Smaller

by Shane McGlaun
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My mother is diabetic and while she has to prick her fingers multiple times per day to check glucose levels, she doesn’t have to give herself injections. For the numerous diabetics out there that have to prick fingers and give themselves insulin shots, diabetes can be a big pain. A new wearable device is in the works that will make diabetes easier to manage.

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The device is made using graphene infused with gold particles. The stretchy band monitors blood glucose level using the wearer’s sweat. When high glucose levels are detected, it uses microinjections to deliver metformin, a medication that controls glucose levels.

The patch consists of a heater, temperature, humidity, glucose and pH sensors and polymeric microneedles that can be thermally activated to deliver drugs transcutaneously.

The catch is that the device needs to be ramped up to deliver human size doses of medications. For now, it only delivers tiny doses that work in mice. In the future, the wearable might both monitor glucose levels and deliver meds automatically when needed to control them.

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[via Popsci]

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  1. Sara says:

    In June of 2015, it was discovered that I had type 2 diabetes. By the end of the month, I was given a prescription for Metformin. I stated the ADA diet and followed it completely for several weeks but was unable to get my blood sugar below 140. With no results to how for my hard work, I panicked and called my doctor. His response? Deal with it. I began to feel that something wasn’t right and do my own research. Then I found Rachel’s blog http://myhealthlives.com/how-i-freed-myself-from-the-diabetes/ . I read it from cover to cover and I started the diet and by the next morning, my blood sugar was 100. Since then, I have a fasting reading between the mid 70s and 80s. My doctor was so surprised at the results that, the next week, he took me off the Metformin. I lost 30 pounds in the first month and lost more than 6 inches off my waist and I’m able to work out twice a day while still having lots of energy. The truth is we can get off the drugs and help myself by trying natural methods

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