Whether you are a fan of tattoos or not, you have to admit a biosensing tattoo it’s going to be a game changer for diabetics. For a lot of people with diabetes, tracking the blood sugar levels every day is expensive, time-consuming and invasive. But now, researchers have from Harvard and MIT developed a new color-changing tattoo ink that reacts to variations in the interstitial fluid.
This biosensing tattoo that could help change the lives of people living with types 1 or 2 diabetes. It changes color along with the person’s blood sugar levels.
“It blends advances in biotechnology with traditional methods in tattoo artistry,” the research team wrote on their website. “Currently… diabetics need to monitor their glucose levels by piercing the skin 3 to 10 times per day. With Dermal Abyss, we imagine the future where the painful procedure is replaced with a tattoo. Thus, the user could monitor the color changes and the need of insulin.”
The project Dermal Abyss is a newly developed concept, to help people with diabetes track their sugar levels. There are four biosensors reacting to three different pieces of biochemical information that are evident in that interstitial fluid. The acid of the fluids converts between purple and pink, the glucose (sugar) sensor changes between blue and brown and the sodium and another pH sensor “fluoresce at a higher intensity under UV light.”
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Sadly for now, Dermal Abyss is just a research project.”There are currently no plans to develop DermalAbyss as a product or to pursue clinical trials” the website says.
However, don’t lose all hope. The biosensing tattoos have been tested on a pigskin, which is very similar to our skin, and the tattoo actually worked.
The usage of tattoos to monitor our health it’s not something new. A researcher made a thin electronic mesh that stretches with skin and can monitor bodily things like temperature or hydration. Also, there are tattoos created by MIT’s Media Lab that can turn up music on a remote device.
Additionally, according to researchers, a hot bath can help regulate blood sugar and inflammation. Who knew.
“We also showed changes to the inflammatory response similar to that following exercise,” wrote Steve Faulkner, lead author of the study, in The Conversation. “The anti-inflammatory response to exercise is important as it helps to protect us against infection and illness, but chronic inflammation is associated with a reduced ability to fight off diseases. This suggests that repeated passive heating may contribute to reducing chronic inflammation, which is often present with long-term diseases, such as type 2 diabetes.”