Now that we’ve checked self-driving cars and artificial intelligence off of the innovation to-do list, it seems high time that science address the long-awaited cure for diabetes. But we’re still waiting.
But there have been some major breakthroughs in recent years that hold huge promise both for improved diabetes management and large-scale reduction of diabetes incidence. Here are the 6 recent diabetes breakthroughs that we’re most excited about:
1. Glucose Sensing Contact Lens
The latest version of the glucose-sensing contact lens was developed in South Korea, and researchers hope that it will be on the market within five years of 2018. The lens measures tear glucose and gives the user an update on a tiny LED display. The contact warns of a high or a low via a display light and gets all the information it needs from someone’s natural tears, eliminating the need for bulky equipment.
2. Current and Future Versions of the Apple Watch
The latest version of the Apple Watch claims to be able to predict diabetes by recognizing patterns in heart rate variability, and it has an impressive 85% accurate prediction rate. But it’s more practical feature is that it can link with a CGM and display blood glucose readings on your wrist. It can be personalized to show graphs based on your activity so that you can learn about your body’s response to different activities. Apple is currently working on a noninvasive glucose monitoring system that would not require integration with a CGM; we’ll be waiting impatiently.
“NEXT” for more exciting technology breakthroughs!
Katie Taylor started writing in 5th grade and hasn't stopped since. Her favorite place to pen a phrase is in front of her fireplace with a cup of tea, but she's been known to write in parking lots on the backs of old receipts if necessary. She and her husband live cozily in the Pacific Northwest enjoying rainy days and Netflix.