Diabetes risk: Exercise can cause sufferers to have a SEIZURE - but this can prevent it

Scientists have created a new patch that helps diabetes sufferers exercise safely.

People with diabetes are encouraged to workout regularly to help them better control their blood sugar.

Doing so can also reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease.

This is because muscles which are working are using more glucose than muscles when resting.

But physical activity for diabetics can also risk hypoglycaemia.

This is where the sugar levels in your blood are too low, potentially leading to a seizure and loss of consciousness.

Until now, it has been difficult to monitor glucose levels in the blood during exercise.

However, researchers have designed a patch that could effectively measure glucose levels mid-workout.

The patch - which is like plaster - is wearable and disposable and allows for non-invasive monitoring of glucose in human sweat.

"The paper-based device attaches directly to skin, wicks sweat to a reservoir where chemical energy is converted to electrical energy, and monitors glucose without external power and sophisticated readout instruments," said Professor Seokheun Choi, from Binghamton University in New York. 

It is designed for glucose to be measured during or immediately after exercise when there is enough sweat to obtain enough of a sample.

This avoids a key flaw in current standard non-invasive sweat sensors.

They often struggle to collect enough sweat to analyse.

Additionally, the sample risks evaporating and a relatively long time can be needed to collect the sample in the first place.

"The sensing platform holds considerable promise for efficient diabetes management, and a fully integrated system with a simple readout can be realised toward continuous non-invasive glucose monitoring," wrote the researchers.

In the UK, there are approximately four million people suffering diabetes, and the total is expected to reach five million by 2025.



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