It seems an alternative for finger prick tests may be just around the corner, thanks to a revolutionary new device. Soon, diabetics will be able to trade the annoyingly inconvenient and painful routine for one that's much faster and easier.
The technology, called Eversense, appears slightly longer than a capsule and is implanted under the skin of the upper arm by a doctor in a simple five-minute procedure.
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Once complete, the device, which is fitted with a tiny sensor, will monitor the body’s glucose levels and send regular data and alerts to the user’s smartphone should blood sugar levels drop too low or rise too high. An external transmitter worn over the insertion site will also vibrate to deliver information about low or high levels if the patient happens to lose connection with their smartphone.
What’s more, the implant lasts 90 days before a replacement is needed, eliminating the often painful finger pricks those with diabetes will have to endure on a frequent basis.
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The technology has been approved across Europe but is yet to become available in the U.S.
The news comes as a 10-year study finds that the yearly rate of newly diagnosed cases of type 1 and type 2 diabetes is rising significantly in young people. Published in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers at The University of North Carolina found there to be a 1.8 percent increase annually of new type 1 diabetes cases and an alarming 4.8 percent increase in type 2 diabetes diagnoses.
While some will experience no signs and live undiagnosed for lengths of time, common symptoms include:
Feeling tired and lethargic
Nausea and vomiting
If you are experiencing the above symptoms, or you wish to find out more about diabetes, make an appointment with your trusted doctor today.
All in all, this is a major breakthrough.
This post was written by Katie Skelly. For more, check out our sister site Now To Love.
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