A Wearable Medical Device Developed For Type 2 Diabetes

Posted: Nov 12 2016, 5:41am CST | by , in Latest Science News


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A Wearable Medical Device Developed for Type 2 Diabetes
Mild electric stimulation (MES) & heat shock (HS) improves metabolic abnormalities in the diabetic mouse model. Credit: Dr. Tatsuya Kondo
  • A Wearable Contraption for Type 2 Diabetes is Finally Here

A wearable contraption of sorts meant for those with type 2 diabetes is finally here.

While exercise is indeed the fountain of youth and can do away with many diseases of civilization, it is pretty difficult to do on a regular basis for many. Especially, the elderly and obese have a hard time following a daily exercise regimen.

A wearable medical gadget has been developed by the lab technicians of Kumamoto University. This device reduces visceral fat and lowers blood sugar levels.

Type 2 diabetes is a disease of progressive organ failure. Due to chronic hyperglycemia and inflammation not to mention the adding up of more and more visceral fat, this occurs over time.

Stress resistance also begins to overtake the body. Finally, insulin resistance takes place and thus the ability of insulin to lower blood sugar becomes a new headache for the type 2 diabetes patient.

Heat shock response (HSR) is commonly activated in the body as a response to stress. However, in type 2 diabetes patients, it does not work in such a smooth manner. By restoration of the function of HSP72, which is the main protein of HSR, glucose-related issues can be repaired.

Mild electrical stimulation (MES) helped in this regard. The device that was invented looks like a belt and delivers HS (heat shock) and MES at one and the same time.

40 obese men suffering from type 2 diabetes had this belt tested on them. There were lower levels of glucose in the fasting state and loss of visceral fat among these patients. Also their rates of insulin resistance improved vastly.

Even glycated hemoglobin values took a turn for the better. About half the patients achieved a virtual treatment of their diabetes ailment. All in all, there was a marked therapeutic effect.

In the next trial, 60 obese patients with type 2 diabetes were given a three month treatment. The belt was tested once again. The treatment time was 60 minutes per patient.

Three groups were formed. They got 2, 4 and 7 treatments per weekly basis. There was a considerable difference in the improvement in all markers of health of the three groups.

The device will be in pharmacies soon. It is simply attached to the abdomen and has a benign effect on the patient. Those patients who cannot exercise for some reason can always use this device so as to better their ailment.

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