Wireless Diabetes Monitor Under Development

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Thursday 29th July 2010

A new blood-sugar measuring implant is under development that will constantly monitor glucose levels and transmit the information wirelessly. The groundbreaking new device could be inserted into the torso of people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes to instantly alarm patients when their blood sugar is dangerously high or low.

Changes in blood sugar can be life-threatening in patients with type 1 or type 2 diabetes and can cause health problems that are linked to diabetes including heart attacks and blindness.

Experts believe that the people with type 2 diabetes could use the device to record how positive changes to their diet and lifestyle help to better control their blood sugar levels and manage diabetes.

The device has been successfully tested in pigs and researchers hope that the implant could be prescribed to patients in a few years time following human clinical trials.

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