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‘Smart’ Insulin Hope for Diabetes

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A woman tests her blood sugar level as part of her management of diabetes. (David Proeber, AP)

A woman tests her blood sugar level as part of her management of diabetes. (David Proeber, AP)

(BBC) – Scientists are hopeful that “smart” insulins which are undergoing trials could revolutionise the way diabetes is managed.

Instead of repeated blood tests and injections throughout the day to keep blood sugar in check, a single dose of smart insulin would keep circulating in the body and turn on when needed.

Animal studies show the technology appears to work – at least in mice.

Scientists plan to move to human trials soon, PNAS journal reports.

Experts caution that it will take years of testing before treatments could become a reality for patients.

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