This Unique Insulin Patch Automatically Detects Blood Sugar Levels

By: Rebecca Byers - Jun 25, 2015
References: medicalxpress
A convergence of several emerging technologies, the smart insulin patch is a a recent invention that is poised to change the daily life of individuals tasked with managing diabetes. Developed by researchers at the University of North Carolina and NC State, the innovative new device could soon be a realistic treatment option for any individuals with Type 1 or 2 diabetes.

As small as a penny, the thin patch features more than 100 microneedles that are approximately the size of an eyelash. The smart insulin patch is painless and entirely intuitive, automatically detecting when the blood sugar levels in the patient increases, at which time a small dose of insulin is secreted into the bloodstream.