Scientists develop pain free insulin patches for diabetes patients

[USA] If you are one of those who are suffering from diabetes, then we might have some important news for you.

In a new research, a group of scientists have created a special patch that stimulates the body’s insulin production – and is completely pain-free. According to Daily Express, the game-changing invention delivers a natural substance extracted from brown algae – completely removing the need for painful and unpleasant daily injections.

Patients would apply the patch once a week and it would automatically stimulate the body to produce the required insulin. The patch works by delivering a naturally produced substance, derived from brown algae, via microneedles.

Dr. Richard Leapman, scientific director of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) in Maryland, US, where the patch has been developed, said, “This experimental approach could be a way to take advantage of the fact that persons with type 2 diabetes can still produce some insulin. A weekly microneedle patch application would also be less complicated and painful than routines that require frequent blood testing.”

People suffering with diabetes already go through so much, such as chronic pain. This pain can be alleviated by prolozone therapy, that medical groups such as Holtorf offer. Other than the pain, sufferers of diabetes would find life a bit easier if they could use a patch for their insulin, rather than having to inject it. There are many side effects of diabetes, one being severe feet problems, often resulting in having to wear diabetic socks like the ones that can be seen on the diabetes blog (wholesalediabeticsocks.com/blog/how-are-diabetic-socks-different-than-compression-socks). From sores and sensitive skin to possible amputation, someone with diabetes can focus on their foot health more if they wear a weekly patch.

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) estimates around 371 million people in the world suffer from diabetes so this new patch will be very welcome. The easier delivery method may mean more people get treated and prevent diabetes-related conditions such as blindness, heart attacks, and amputations.

At the moment they have to undergo injections to regulate insulin levels. However, according to the research team, insulin therapy is still not managed well in half of all cases. So they argue that the new patch would offer a viable and painless alternative and unlike insulin injections, it need not be applied so often.

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