People with Type 1 diabetes will no longer need to inject multiple shots of insulin everyday to control their blood sugar level once 'smart' insulins that scientists have been developing pass a series of trials, say recent media reports.
Scientists are optimistic that these smart insulins could revolutionize the way diabetes is managed as a single dose of these would keep circulating in the body, turning on and off when needed.
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The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation has been a source of funds for research on smart insulins.
"Taking too much insulin can drive someone's glucose levels too low, leading to a 'hypo', while taking too little means glucose levels rise too high, which can have a serious cumulative health impact in the long term.
A smart insulin would eliminate hypos - which are what many with type 1 diabetes hate most. It would enable people with type 1 diabetes to achieve near perfect glucose control, all from a single injection per day or even per week," said Karen Addington, chief executive of the Foundation in the U.K.
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