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Did you know this breakthrough tatoo ink will change colour based on your sugar level?

Published On 29 Jun 2019
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Did you know this breakthrough tatoo ink will change colour based on your sugar level?

With a growing number of Indians rapidly falling prey to the silent killer of disease – diabetes, it is unsurprising that WHO has deemed India as the diabetes capital of the world! Furthermore, if reports are to be believed, the number is only going to double by 2023. What’s alarming? The rising numbers, for sure. But, more so, the number of people fighting Type-2 diabetes. The one that is caused by obesity and other lifestyle choices. It’s a huge epidemic!

Diabetes, across the world, is changing lives in an instant. To combat its macro effect on the micro, daily things of life, scientists and health experts are working on solutions to aide help.

In the due course of the article, here is what you can expect to know more about:

  • Technological advancement like tattoo ink that changes with blood sugar levels. Could this change the landscape of the disease in the years to come?
  • How the colour changing tattoo ink for diabetes works
  • Are these tattoos advisable for diabetics?
  • Supplementing your health with Probiotics that can help you manage your lifestyle better

FIRST UP – DIABETES AT A GLANCE

Your body’s inability to process and produce glucose and sugar is the primary cause of diabetes. The pancreas produces insulin to provide glucose to your cells. But the inability to keep that up instead builds sugar in your blood. While the cases of Type-1, where the body can’t secrete insulin are fairly lesser in number, the deadly monster is Type-2 diabetes, where the body produces insulin but cannot process it.

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DEMYSTIFYING SUGAR LEVELS

For any diabetic, maintaining normal sugar levels is of key importance. Self-monitoring sugar levels throughout the day are critical in diabetes care. Commonly, the first reading of the day is done to check the fasting sugar level i.e before breakfast and subsequently, twice more in the day. Blood sugar levels are the key indicator of your overall health in diabetes. Increased sugar level calls for caution, while too low a level is not a great sign either.

Demystifying sugar levels

DEMYSTIFYING SUGAR LEVELS

For any diabetic, maintaining normal sugar levels is of key importance. Self-monitoring sugar levels throughout the day are critical in diabetes care. Commonly, the first reading of the day is done to check the fasting sugar level i.e before breakfast and subsequently, twice more in the day. Blood sugar levels are the key indicator of your overall health in diabetes. Increased sugar level calls for caution, while too low a level is not a great sign either.

COLOUR CHANGING TATTOO INK

On a normal day for a diabetes patient, individuals prick their skin every few hours to check their sugar levels. Perhaps, in years to come, a biosensing tattoo ink that changes with blood sugar levels could change the way people approach the disease. How this would work? Keeping a close tab on sugar levels has become so important that researchers at Harvard and MIT have developed a color-changing tattoos for diabetics with an ink that monitors your sugar level at all times. Your skin acts as the ‘interactive display’ on which the ink is also known as the ‘Dermal Abyss’ ink (i.e a liquid with biosensors) changes color as and when your sugar levels drop or rise. This dynamic ink tracks pH levels, as well as sodium and glucose concentrations within your bloodstream. When your glucose levels rise, the ink turns brown, while the rise of sodium causes the ink to turn green. Changing pH levels would cause the ink to turn pink or purple.

Tackling Diabetes

TACKLING DIABETES

There are a lot of diabetics in the world who have been denied the freedom of getting tattoos due to their respective problems. But with tattoos that change colour with blood sugar, a constant and convenient tab of sugar levels could be boon a for every diabetic individual. This advancement could help individuals alter their diet, change their exercise regime, take precautionary measures before the condition worsens, and more so, can manage their daily lives better. But, every diabetic patient is hounded by the constant fear and the complexity of having a tattoo. While it is true that the decision of getting a tattoo for a diabetic individual involves serious precautions and evaluation, it does not mean that they cannot have one. However, advice from your doctor about the same could be the best way to go.

REFERENCES

ndtv.com/food/world-diabetes-day-2017-number-of-diabetics-to-double-in-india-by-2023-1775180

sciencealert.com/mit-is-working-on-colour-changing-tattoo-ink-that-can-monitor-your-health-in-real-time

dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4587850/Colour-changing-tattoo-ink-help-people-diabetes.html

sciencealert.com/mit-is-working-on-colour-changing-tattoo-ink-that-can-monitor-your-health-in-real-time

iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/biosensing-tattoo-changes-color-blood-sugar-levels-change/

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