Diabetes Just Got A New Enemy

January 6, 2016


As you probably know, diabetes is a serious illness. The more common type II diabetes can cause insulin resistance, a hormone which is necessary in order for the body to maintain healthy blood sugar levels, while the type II is responsible for completely destroying the insulin secreting cells.

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The problems diabetes can cause are much more severe than an inconvenience, which makes scientists and experts work day and night in the goal of finding a way to treat the dreadful disease. Speaking of which, there has been a certain discovery that might just make this process easier.

Help From The Bottom Of The Ocean

So far, the most efficient method of helping diabetes patients was the pancreatic islet transplantation.

However, it requires a whole lot of collecting, preserving, and transporting, all which remain challenging tasks to this day.

On the other hand, we have the recent finding from the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST), which invented not one, but two new methods of helping people who are suffering from diabetes.

First off, the research group successfully developed an innovative cryopreservation method for the transplantation process. This new method will both protect the pancreatic islet from ice damage as well as allow us to see real-time status of cell viability.

The other method proposed by the group includes using fluorescent oxygen-sensitive dye in hydrogel capsules. The hydrogel mass is directly extracted from seaweed, which makes the process cheap, simple, and time-efficient.

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