It turns out that implantable sensors do the darndest things, which now includes transmitting the user's blood sugar data wirelessly. This development is a milestone in diabetes treatment, researchers say. A team of researchers at UC San Diego devised such a tool, which has only been used in pigs so far.
The device takes the diabetes community one step closer to a tool that can substitute the body's natural functions that control how the body handles blood sugar—an artificial pancreas, in other words.
"You can run the device for a year or more with it constantly working, and recording glucose quite satisfactorily," bioengineering professor David Gough, who led the study, said in a statement.
Human trials will begin before the end of the year.