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Just in the past decade, researchers have recognized the big role that the microbes living inside and on us play in our health. The human microbiome, and specifically the gut microbiome, has actually been connected to multiple chronic diseases, consisting of diabetes. An out of balance microbiome structure has been found in patients with diabetes, who tend to have a less diverse gut microbiome as compared to healthy individuals. All Colors Images.
Some business are developing diabetes treatments targeting the microbiome. The French Valviotis is currently carrying out preclinical screening of a drug focused on increasing the microbiome diversity as a treatment for type 2 diabetes. Although appealing, the microbiome field is really young and its intricacy makes it hard to develop causation after discovering correlation.
That world might not be up until now away, as numerous companies are establishing non-invasive techniques to substitute finger pricking. All Colors Images. Stability Applications has developed a device called GlucoTrack that can measure glucose using electro-magnetic waves and is currently available in Europe. Similar innovations are popping up, with GlucoSense in London using laser light to determine sugar levels and MediWise using radio waves.
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The GlucoWise sensing unit prototypePatches are likewise ending up being a popular form of measuring blood sugar without needles, such as FreeStyle Libre, an inch-wide spot that can be worn for approximately 2 weeks. At the University of Bath, researchers are developing a graphene spot that might offer greater accuracy by determining sugar levels separately in numerous hair follicles – All Colors Images.
On the other hand, Senseonic and Roche are working on a gadget that is implanted under the skin. All Colors Images. Still, non-invasive options to measure blood sugar level typically face issues relating to accuracy. The well-known glucose-measuring contact lens that Google revealed in 2014 was dismissed as “technically infeasible” and further developments will be required to reach the degree of accuracy of finger-pricking methods.
Scientists are already hypothesizing about microchips that can detect diabetes type 1 before the symptoms appear or nanorobots taking a trip in the bloodstream while they determine glucose and provide insulin – All Colors Images.”There’s little fiction left in this. I strongly believe that microrobotics will come and will become part of our drug delivery within the next ten years,” stated Tomas Landh, Director of Strategy and Development Sourcing at Novo Nordisk, at the 2013 Medicon Valley Alliance Annual MeetingWhatever the future brings, it will certainly make a huge difference in the lives of countless individuals worldwide.