Researchers with National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) have devised an innovative biochemical formula to regulate blood sugar for days. Xiaoyuan (Shawn) Chen’s formula puts two drug compounds exendin-4 and glucose oxidase in micro needle form into single patch made up from alginate. Alginate is gelatinous substance extracted from brown algae. The two compounds stimulate the insulin secretion.
Diabetes is a medical condition in which blood glucose (sugar) levels rises to higher than normal. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. It can occur either due to insulin resistance or insufficient production of insulin to maintain normal blood sugar level. The overall prevalence of diabetes in India is 7·3% and the prevalence of prediabetes is 10·3.
Researcher believe that this innovation holds great promise for type 2 diabetes therapy by providing safe, long-term, and on-demand exendin-4 therapy.
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