Who Knew Silk Could Be Essential For Diabetics?

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Test strips are a constant companion in a diabetic’s life, regardless of type. And unfortunately, they are just another expense to add to the already incredibly costly task of managing diabetes.

However, these necessary but expensive products may be primed for a a big change thanks to Bangalore company Achira Labs. Achira has developed a technique to create silk that can be used as test strips.

Contrary to popular belief, silk is actually cheap and abundant, potentially cutting the cost of test strips by half!


By embedding electrodes into the silk instead of using expensive enzyme sprays like plastic and paper strips.
silk cocoons

This technique could prove to be especially important for countries with large populations of people with diabetes who are living in poverty. This could be a tremendous victory considering the rapidly increasing rates of diabetes that are being found in developing countries that are undergoing urbanization.

The strips roll out overseas this year. Hopefully, if they prove to be effective, we will begin seeing these new, more cost effective test strips, appear in more countries around the world before the end of the year!

For a more in-depth look at these new strips, as well as Achira’s other incredible achievements with silk, you can head here.

We’ll also make sure to let you know about any additional advancements!

While we anxiously await new ways to improve the lives of people with diabetes all over the world, there is still a lot that we can do to help keep the progress coming!


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