Smart Insulin patch could replace painful injections for diabetics

Smart Insulin Patch Could Replace Painful Injections For Diabetics

Researchers in North Carolina are working on a breakthrough treatment for patients with diabetes that could mean no more painful pricking!

It's called a "smart patch" and is designed to automatically release insulin into the bloodstream to keep your blood sugar in check when needed.

The patch is no bigger than a penny, contained more than 100 tiny needles and monitors when blood sugar levels get too high.

According to the CDC 29.1 million people in the U.S. suffer from diabetes.

Researchers are currently testing the patch on mice and so far things are looking good. They say that those treated with the microneedle patch saw their blood glucose levels brought under control within 30 minutes, and stayed that way for several hours.

More tests in humans are going to be required before the patch can be marketed.

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