(ORDO NEWS) — Researchers have demonstrated how short pulses of ultrasound targeted at specific clusters of nerves in the liver can effectively lower insulin and blood glucose levels in diabetics.
So far, the technique is being tested on humans and is quite complicated, but scientists are confident that they will be able to create portable devices for monitoring blood glucose and insulin levels.
Unfortunately, there are currently very few drugs that actually lower insulin levels. Meanwhile, to maintain the health of patients with diabetes, it is necessary to be able to keep a balance in the level of glucose in the blood.
The introduction of insulin reduces its concentration, but too low a glucose content can cause hypoglycemia and lead to death.
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Scientists have demonstrated for the first time a unique non-invasive ultrasound technique designed to stimulate specific sensory nerves in the liver.
This technology is called Peripheral Focused Ultrasound Stimulation and allows very precise targeting of subtle ultrasonic pulses to specific tissues containing nerve endings.
The study showed that just three minutes of exposure to focused ultrasound each day was enough to maintain normal blood glucose levels in diabetic animals. Human studies are currently underway to see if this method also works in the human body.
But there are many obstacles to the introduction of this technique into clinical practice, beyond the simple proof of its effectiveness.
The fact is that the modern ultrasound instruments used to perform this therapy require trained technicians. The researchers suggest that it is possible to create technology to simplify and automate these systems so that they can be used by patients at home, but until it is developed, the widespread use of technology should be forgotten. Ideally, these should be wearable devices that the patient would not feel and could walk with them all the time.
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