International: Hope for ‘smart’ insulins

Published: Wednesday 11th February 2015 by The News Editor

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Diabetics’ lives could be transformed by new “smart” insulins, scientists say.

Researchers say the technology, which has been developed in the lab, could eventually remove the need for diabetics to have injections throughout the day and repeated blood tests.

Instead a single dose of a “smart” insulin would circulate in the body and activate when it’s needed to bring blood sugar levels under control.

More than 350 million people around the world are estimated to be diabetic, with the condition resulting in some 1.5 million deaths each year.

The research team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US say tests suggest the insulin works on diabetic mice. They are now hoping to begin trials on people in the near future.

The research, which has involved chemically modifying normal, long-acting insulin, is reported in the .

Extra molecules attached to the insulin enable it to remain inactive while it is not required but allows it to be switched on when blood sugar levels rise.

Copyright Press Association 2015

Published: Wednesday 11th February 2015 by The News Editor

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