Sponge Implants May Lower Blood Sugar Says New Diabetes Research
Research into diabetes treatment is heading towards a new direction. A study by Michael Gower, an assistant professor of chemical engineering and biomedical, Michael Hendley, an engineering doctoral student, and their colleagues at the University of South Carolina in Columbia made a breakthrough discovery on how to improve the condition of Type 2 Diabetes patients. They discovered sponge implants in fat tissues, which were observed to lower sugar level in the blood and reduce weight gain. The experiment involved implanting polymer sponge in mice with symptoms of type 2 diabetes and giving them a high-fat diet. After three weeks, they were shown to have gained less body fat, lower blood sugar, and higher protein that helps absorbs sugar into the muscle cells than untreated mice.