Diabetes can result in ulcers that people do not even notice or feel until they see blood. And since ulcers cannot heal on their own, 14–24% of diabetics in the U.S. who feel them end up losing their foot, toes, or leg. Researchers at Purdue University have designed a shoe insole that can assist make the healing procedure more handy for the 15% of people in the U.S. who suffers from ulcers due to diabetes.
“One of the methods to heal these wounds is by offering them oxygen,” claimed Purdue professor of computer and electrical engineering, Babak Ziaie, to the media in an interview. “We have made a system that steadily emits oxygen all over the day so that a person can have additional mobility.” Diabetic ulcers usually come from high blood sugar injuring nerves, which takes away sense of feeling from the feet or toes.
On a related note, scientists in the U.K. have designed a fresh smartphone application that can assist monitor and measure glucose levels in the blood without utilizing a drop of blood. This discovery can change lives of thousands of people suffering from diabetes. The app, dubbed as Epic Health, substitutes the requirement for diabetics to pierce their fingers various times every day.
The application, appropriate for both Type 2 and Type 1 diabetics, operates by positioning a finger over the camera lens of the handset and taking a sequence of close-up pics that give data about the temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure of the user. In addition to this, it also gives blood oxygen saturation and respiration rate, the researchers claimed.
“The application utilizes an easy protocol that takes the customers to take a non-invasive examination and this permits us to take the important data in an organized method, which makes the most reliable results,” founder of the app, Dominic Wood, claimed to the media in a statement.