The Center for Nanoparticle Research at the Institute of Basic Science has developed a new wearable device that monitors glucose levels and administers medication as needed. This revolutionary bracelet will be used by those with diabetes to ensure that the disease is regularly managed. The following outlines the design and functionality of the device and how it will help Palm Desert live-in caregivers look after their diabetic loved ones.
The wearable device is made out of a gold and graphene hybrid material. The user places it on his or her arm and it automatically measures glucose levels in sweat and it tests for other enzymes. If the device detects high blood glucose levels, it can inject Metformin into the skin through a series of microscopic needles. When these needles wear out, the user can replace them easily. The Korean researchers tested the device on diabetic mice, but they hope to start human trials soon.
If the device passes the human trials, it may lead to an easier way for millions of diabetics to control their condition. Mild cases can be controlled through diet, but injections are needed for more severe conditions. Type II diabetes, the most common form, is caused by the body becoming resistant to insulin. Type I diabetes is an autoimmune disease where the immune system attacks the pancreas. Many people develop type II diabetes as a result of aging. Poor diet and lack of exercise contribute to the development of the condition.
Many diabetics control their blood sugar levels through regular insulin injections. They also use blood glucose monitors to make sure that their blood sugar remains within the normal range. Levels that are too low can be just as severe as levels that are too high. Few diabetics enjoy the painful injections, but they know that not taking them poses a greater risk to their health. Unchecked diabetes can lead to nerve damage and other serious health complications. This bracelet will enable seniors to monitor their health in the comfort of home without needing to remember when to monitor their glucose levels or inject insulin.
While researchers test this new device, seniors can turn to Home Care Assistance of Palm Desert, CA, to help them manage diabetes. As a leading home care provider, we promote senior health and wellbeing by encouraging seniors to take their medications, eat healthy meals, and exercise regularly. We also help seniors with chores around the house such as laundry, dishes, and housekeeping. You can give your loved one the care he or she needs to manage diabetes at home by calling us at (760) 345-0001 today to schedule a complimentary consultation.