Diabetic Insulin Patches And How They Affect People With Diabetes

813 Words Oct 26th, 2015 4 Pages
My article is about diabetic insulin patches and how they affect people with diabetes. Diabetes is a disease caused by the pancreas not producing insulin which aids the body in sugar digestion. Currently insulin pumps are being used. “Insulin pumps are cell-phone-size devices that deliver preprogrammed and user-adjusted doses of insulin (Chait).”The pumps have to be manually set to inject the insulin using carbohydrate counting; however, they also alert the diabetic to low sugar and high sugar or mechanical malfunctions. Insulin pumps aide in controlling blood sugar levels and keeps a patient from having to have multiple needle injections a day. The person can have type one or type two diabetes. There is a new device called an insulin patch that is in the works. Researchers from the University of North Carolina and North Carolina state invented the smart insulin patch. “Diabetes affects more than 387 million people worldwide (Biotech).” The insulin patch could make a great impact for so many people. Zhen Gu, PhD, and John Buse, MD, PhD, are co-senior authors of the patch. “The patch –a thin square no bigger than a penny- is covered with more than one hundred tiny needles (Biotech).” The patch is filled with small vesicles made from two organic molecules put together. “Instead of inventing another completely manmade system, Gu and his colleagues chose to emulate the body’s natural insulin generators known as beta cells. These versatile cells act both as factories and…

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