‘ Smart ’ Insulin May Be The ‘ Autocorrect ’ For Diabetics

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OK, let me be clear from the outset, this info is the result of one study performed on mice…yes mice are a legitimate way to measure a hypothesis (often more reliable than humans because you can absolutely control what mice eat and drink), but as I’ve said before you should never base a judgement on just one study.

However, a recent study from the University of Utah Health Sciences has looked into a way to mitigate the risk of poor insulin dosing. There are some instances when diabetic patients may accidentally overdose or underdose on their insulin, and the burden of insulin dosing can be a heavy load on some diabetic’s lives. So researchers have apparently devised a novel form of creatine that is long- lasting and get this…self- activates when blood sugar levels are too high.

The tests show that mice injected with the so- called ‘smart’ insulin experienced controlled insulin levels for up to 14 hours. Incredibly the insulin re-acted to regulate blood sugar as the levels began to rise after eating etc.    

Yes, this science is in its relative infancy, but the signs and prospects are very promising.

Reference

Danny Hung-Chieh Chou, Matthew J. Webber, Benjamin C. Tang, Amy B. Lin, Lavanya S. Thapa, David Deng, Jonathan V. Truong, Abel B. Cortinas, Robert Langer, Daniel G. Anderson. Glucose-responsive insulin activity by covalent modification with aliphatic phenylboronic acid conjugates. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2015; 201424684 DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1424684112

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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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