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Temporary Tattoos for Diabetics Monitor Blood Glucose Levels

Temporary Tattoos for Diabetics Monitor Blood Glucose Levels

Adhesive wearables hold lots of promise for fitness and health monitoring in the future. One such proof-of-concept device has been developed by nanoengineers at the Universtiy of California, San Diego: a new temporary tattoo that monitors blood glucose levels.

The flexible, easy-to-wear device extracts and measures the level of glucose in the fluid between skin cells. It was developed and tested by graduate student Amay Bandodkar and colleagues in Professor Joseph Wang’s laboratory at the NanoEngineering Department and the Center for Wearable Sensors at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UCSD. The device consists of patterned electrodes printed on temporary tattoo paper.

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A very mild electrical current applied to the skin for ten minutes forces sodium ions in the fluid between skin cells to migrate toward the tattoo’s electrodes. These ions carry glucose molecules also found in the fluid and a sensor measures the strength of the electrical charge produced by the glucose to determine overall levels.

Lots of people with diabetes need to test their glucose levels more than once a day, using devices with a tiny needle to extract a small blood sample from their fingertip. Researchers have been looking for less invasive ways for them to monitor glucose.

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The temporary tattoo was applied to a number of volunteers, who didn’t report any feelings of discomfort during the test. They ate a carb-rich meal in the...

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