End of the diabetes jab?
New insulin implant controls blood glucose levels without injections.
• The wristwatch-size device can be surgically implanted into the abdomen
• It contains a reservoir of insulin held in place by a gel barrier
• When glucose levels in the body rise, the gel liquefies and releases insulin into the body - just like a normally functioning pancreas would do
• As it lowers the glucose levels, the gel hardens again preserving the reservoir - the insulin reservoir has to be topped up every two weeks
• Human trials are set to begin in 2016 and the first implants could take place on the NHS within a decade
Insulin injections for diabetics could soon be a thing of the past thanks to the creation of a revolutionary new implant.
The device, which has been created by British scientists, works like an artificial pancreas by releasing insulin into the bloodstream.
It can be implanted into the abdomen from where it releases a precise amount of insulin meaning injections are no longer needed.
The supplies of insulin in the implant can be topped up every two weeks using a tube which passes out through the skin.
The wristwatch-size device was created by scientists at De Montfort University, in Leicester.
They say it is the next best thing to a cure for diabetes because it means the patient no longer has to manage the condition themselves.
Professor Joan Taylor, professor of pharmacy at De Montfort University in Leicester, said: ‘The device will not only remove the need to manually inject insulin, but will also ensure that perfect doses are administrated each and every time.
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