Hundreds of millions of people suffer from diabetes worldwide, putting them at risk for a creeping blindness, or diabetic retinopathy, that comes with the disease in its more advanced stages. Existing treatments, though effective, are painful and invasive, involving lasers and injections into the eyeball. Caltech graduate student Colin Cook (MS ’16) thinks there’s a better way.
Scientists have created a non-invasive, adhesive patch, which promises the measurement of glucose levels through the skin without a finger-prick blood test, potentially removing the need for millions of diabetics to frequently carry out the painful and unpopular tests.
The patch does not pierce the skin, instead, it draws glucose out from fluid between cells across hair follicles, which are individually accessed via an array of miniature sensors using a small electric current. The glucose collects in tiny reservoirs and is measured. Readings can be taken every 10 to 15 minutes over several hours.
I just read an article that proclaimed scientists have discovered “something” in the blood of overweight people that isn’t there for those who are not overweight. Apparently, it prevents overweight people from ever losing weight “even when they do everything right.” Snacking, stress eating, food addictions, binging, willpower, and other eating patterns have nothing to do with their overweight, or so they say.
Several paragraphs later, we get the big reveal – the “something” is C-Reactive Protein (CRP), which, in excess, may indicate inflammation, common to overweight people. CRP is a normal part of our blood and can be measured to see if we have excess amounts, indicating internal inflammation. The article, however, dramatically blames this for total inability to lose weight.
Trying to reboot your health? Not making the progress you expected?
If you’re going by all the hype from ads, you’ve been set up to fail!
Let’s look at a couple reasons that might be frustrating you and how to change that.
If you already have a plan, and you’re following the steps, but still frustrated, maybe you’re just comparing your progress to others. Your starting point is unique to you. Your metabolism, health, current food choices and activity level are crucial factors.
How would it feel to be able to resolve challenges with greater ease, increase career and family success, and gain the respect of others? Or even reverse health issues?
Brain training can be the answer. You can train your brain much like a bodybuilder trains their muscles, increasing your intelligence, focus, and memory. Your mind is limitless, and the potential hasn’t even been fully explored.
Have you ever had this happen to you?
I decided to make some lifestyle changes and immediately started recognizing pushback, procrastination, and just plain resistance.
In my case, it showed up after I started research for a new book about what stops people from making changes. I thought about diabetics who don’t make the type of changes that result in better health. I’m more aware of this since my husband has Type 2 diabetes.
But it’s more than just the diabetes issue.
I researched brain health, sleep habits, willpower, nutrition, exercise, triggers that welcome inertia or create changes, and more. Scientific answers… empathetic answers… more questions.