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World Diabetes Day is commemorated every November 14 to raise people’s awareness of the disease. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 420 million people around the world suffer from diabetes.

We share five advances below that could become options for preventing diabetes and treating patients.

 Bio-ink

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Say goodbye to lancets for taking glucose readings. Students from Tecnológico de Monterrey are working to develop a bio-ink (which is similar to ink from a pen). This compound is made of living microorganisms, which turn a certain color to identify the amount of glucose present.

What’s this product like? It contains a fluorescent pigment, which the students intend to give a color that can be seen with the naked eye. The ink turns a a certain color to indicate the glucose levels present in patients’ blood without causing them pain.

 Read more about it here

 Patch

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Amputation of one or both of a patient’s legs is one of the serious consequences of Diabetes Mellitus. Against this backdrop, female researcher Christian Mariel Sáenz Santos of the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) created a skin patch that will help reduce the number of amputations associated with diabetic foot.

This innovation uses biopolymers that can accelerate the healing of wounds and sores caused by the condition, as well as eliminating infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria that can hinder treatment.

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XplorADN Test

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This is a test created by researchers from Tec de Monterrey to identify slight variations in genetic material. Known as polymorphisms, these are variations in the sequence of a certain part of the DNA in the chromosomes (locus) of a population’s individuals.

The creators guarantee that it’s a simple, noninvasive test, which only requires a three-to-four-millimeter sample of saliva. The test analyzes an individual’s characteristics, determines whether he or she is likely to develop the disease, and recommends a suitable diet and exercise regime.

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Electronic nose

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This electronic device detects diabetes mellitus by sampling patients’ breath.

The aim of this electronic nose is to copy how the olfactory system works. This process uses several sensors which react to specific molecules and generate signals that are transformed into information in the brain.

Read more about it here

Sugar.IQ

Medtronic Diabetes

This is a personal assistant that combines artificial intelligence with analytical technologies. It helps people with diabetes to manage and control the disease better by knowing how their glucose levels respond to food intake, insulin doses, daily routines, and other factors.

Read more about it here

Our recommendation for you: A vegetarian diet reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes

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