Researchers create insulin patch to replace injections for diabetes
It is estimated that about 350 million people worldwide suffer from diabetes, according to the World Health Organization. If you are one of these people or know someone who suffers from diabetes, then you know insulin injections to control the blood sugar level is not only painful but it’s quite tricky, but there is now hope that it can soon change.
[Image courtesy of Zhen Gu, PhD]
Researchers at the University of North Carolina, USA, have developed a patch that replaces insulin injections. The coin-sized patch contains hundreds of “microneedles”, packed with insulin and glucose-sensing enzymes, which automatically detects glucose levels in the blood, and painlessly releases insulin whenever necessary.