One thing that every diabetic gets sick and tried of is checking their glucose levels several times a day. This requires them to poke and prick themselves in order to find out if there blood levels are too high or too low. Well what if by the grace of god diabetics could get some sort of tattoo that could monitor their glucose levels. This would not only cut down on the pricking but also on the cost of the supplies to do this. Diabetic’s maybe in for a bit of a surprise, Nanotechnology researchers are about to start a study on this very idea in about a month or so. If things go well with the mice then testing on humans will more than likely begin in two years time.
The way this diabetic tattoo would work like this, a nano ink would be used to give the tattoo, the nano ink consists of particles that are tiny squishy spheres about 120 nanometers across. The ink will consists of three parts: the glucose detecting molecule, a color-changing dye, and another molecule that mimics glucose. The three components of the ink would continuously move around inside the hydrophobic orb and the glucose detecting molecule either grabs a molecule of glucose or the mimicking molecule. So if the molecules find and latch onto a glucose the ink will be a yellow color. It glucose levels are too low the ink will turn a purple color and if everything is fine and dandy then the ink color would be a interesting orange color. If everything goes as planned diabetics would be able to get a small tattoo somewhere on their body to help them monitor their diabetes.
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