Small Patch Insulin Delivery | Tech Thursday

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An exciting new insulin delivery system for people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes might be on the horizon!

Designed by Zhen Gu, Ph.D. and a team of researchers from the University of North Carolina, this new system, a small glucose-responsive insulin patch, could be the next generation of insulin delivery.

“We have designed a patch for diabetes that works fast, is easy to use, and is made from nontoxic, biocompatible materials,” said Dr. Gu, professor in the Joint UNC/NC State Department of Biomedical Engineering

Dr. Gu and colleagues have been researching this innovative new insulin delivery system for several years. The small patch, approximately the size of a quarter, could be placed anywhere on the body. Through glucose response technology, the patch could detect hyperglycemia and release insulin through micro-needles. The insulin response would bring the blood glucose level down to the target range and potentially keep it at target for up to 9 hours.

This is encouraging science for people using insulin for their diabetes management!

Click here and here for more information on the science behind this future technology of insulin delivery.

Written by Catherine Cullinane RN, CDCES, our resident Tech Thursday Content Writer

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