"If all goes well with the human clinical trials, we anticipate that in several years, this device could be purchased under prescription from a physician," said Gough.
Glucose Sensor Could be Useful for People with either Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes
The long-term glucose sensor could be used by people with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. People with Type 1 diabetes do not make enough insulin of their own. The long-term glucose sensors could be used to adjust the insulin dose and timing of the injection, and reduce the risk of taking too much insulin and becoming hypoglycemic, which can be immediately life threatening. Hypoglycemia happens when you get too much insulin for the available glucose, or when insulin absorbs too rapidly.
People with Type 2 diabetes could use the long-term glucose sensors to help them adjust their diet and exercise schedule. Also, some people with Type 2 diabetes take insulin and have the same hypoglycemia worries as people with Type 1 diabetes.
The ultimate goal is to limit the dangerous ups and downs of blood glucose levels, known as "glucose excursions." It is these prolonged glucose excursions that cause the long term problems associated with diabetes.
Cell phones and Nocturnal Hypoglycemia
The implanted sensors used in the animal trials published in Science Translational Medicine send the glucose information to a data recorder the size of a cell phone. "The data receiver could be made much more versatile. For example, the data could be sent to cell phones o
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