February 10, 2015

Smart Insulin

The smarties over at MIT have come up with a phenomenal idea - engineer a "smart" form of insulin that floats in the blood stream and turns itself on when blood sugar levels rise.

This new insulin has only been tested in mice so far, but it has been shown to stay in the blood stream for 10 hours. When blood glucose levels become elevated, this glucose-responsive insulin becomes activated.

Using a smart insulin like this would decrease the need for testing blood sugars (yay!) and decrease the number of injections required for those who don't use an insulin pump.

I'm not sure if or how a smart insulin like this would work with an insulin pump, but I'd love to try it. This sounds promising!

Source: MIT News

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