Reportedly, to help people manage type II diabetes, distinguished Professor Geoff Chase—at the UC’s (University of Canterbury) College of Engineering—is working on the world’s first insulin sensor technology to facilitate “instant” measurement. The advancement of insulin measurement technology would let physicians and patients make better-informed decisions for immediate treatment, Professor Chase states. At present people are using well-known a glucometer and finger stick test to find out their blood sugar level, nevertheless currently the insulin is only measured in a lab.
He added, “What makes clinical point-of-care insulin testing tough is there is no as such known chemical reaction to check for. Like glucose, insulin is not polarized charged and it does not carry any voltage or react to radiofrequency, magnetic fields, or microwaves.” Therefore, it is kind of a “secret” molecule in regards to detection, he says. For this study, Professor Chase is functioning with Dr. Volker Nock (from UC’s Biomolecular Interaction Centre), Dr. Stefanie Gutschmidt (Mechanical Engineering Senior Lecturer), and Dr. Rebecca Soffe (Postdoctoral Fellow from Electrical and Computer Engineering Department). The researchers are developing a LOC (lab-on-a-chip) technology by using micro-fluidics—in particular bio-receptors—and new MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical-system) technology for detecting insulin from a sample fluid.
On a related note, recently, a study showed that the Mediterranean diet might aid in keeping type II diabetes patients off the medications. According to a study, the Mediterranean diet plan together with extra virgin olive oil may postpone the requirement for first glucose-reducing medication amongst volunteers having type II diabetes. The study was published in the journal Diabetes Care. F. Javier Basterra-Gortari—from the University of Navarra, Spain—along with colleagues stated, “Our study findings showed that PREDIMED (Prevención con Dieta Mediterrànea) participants having type II diabetes—who also underwent mediation with an energy-unrestricted Mediterranean diet and olive oil—had considerably lower rates of initiation of glucose-reducing medications.”