Hillcroft LRC

New hope for diabetics

Posted on: April 4, 2016

Many of us have family, friends or neighbours who have type 2 diabetes, in fact there are nearly 300 million people worldwide with the condition. ThDiabetes equipmente treatment for type 2 diabetes is progressive from diet and exercise, to drug treatment (metformin) to insulin injections.

A recent article in the New Scientist revealed a group of South Korean scientists who are developing a wearable device made from a relatively new material called graphene which is very thin, flexible and comfortable next to the skin. It will monitor blood glucose in a patient’s sweat and if this is high, will deliver a dose of metformin via a set of microneedles to return blood glucose to normal.

This technology is in its infancy with testing on mice. But hopefully in the next 10 years or so, costs will fall and ways will become apparent to deliver the human adult doses of diabetic treatment drugs required.

For further information in the LRC about diabetes, look at:

AS & A Level Biology through diagrams (2009) by Pickering

Ross and Wilson Anatomy and Physiology in Health and Illness 10th edn. (2006) by Waugh and Grant

Oxford Concise Colour Medical Dictionary 6th edn (2015) by Martin (ed)



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