An idea came up from the researchers to create biosensors in dots that are able to detect diabetes in babies. This is a report from the Medical Daily site.
It’s not only happened for adults. Babies are also at risk of developing diabetes type 1. The reason is most likely because the baby’s body can not produce insulin optimally so that blood sugar levels rise. With this chance, not a few of the parents who began looking for ways to be able to monitor their baby’s blood sugar levels. This solution is being developed to monitor the blood sugar levels in babies using their saliva.
The researchers ensure that the dot biosensor they create is safe. Also easy to use to diagnose diabetes in early patients.
In the study that has been published in the journal of Analytical Chemistry, it is mentioned that the dot biosensor developed by the researchers will monitor glucose levels in real time. So far, the tool has been used to monitor sugar levels in the newborns. But its use, fit to the researchers, is still limited in the hospitals.
The presence of the dot biosensors that look like the ordinary dots is expected to be an alternative solution for detecting diabetes in babies. Later, the parents no longer need to come to the hospital to check the blood sugar levels regularly on their babies.
Unlike other diabetes tests, the dot biosensor remains comfortable to use while the device analyzes the baby’s saliva for the biomarkers. The diabetic nipple monitor contains an enzyme attached to the electrode strip. Then it will convert the glucose into a weak electrical signal.
This device can be connected to a mobile app. So, the parents can monitor the condition of their baby anytime and anywhere.
The researchers have tested this dot on adults who have type 1 diabetes. The results showed that the device was able to accurately detect changes in the level of sugar in the saliva of the patient before and after eating. Yet, the researchers claimed not to do the dot testing on the babies.
As from the researchers, most health and fitness monitoring devices available so far have not met the safety standards required for the babies.
The biosensor itself, in fact, is also often used, the tool is usually attached to the clothing. But the problem is, long-term use often makes babies feel uncomfortable.
The researchers hope the new dots they create can soon raise the awareness of the parents and health care providers to routinely monitor the condition of blood sugar levels in babies. The researcher added the tool might not only function as a toddler diabetes test because it can be modified for other disease biomarkers.