Who Knew Silk Could Be Essential For Diabetics?Adam Greene
Test strips are a constant companion in a diabetics life, regardless of type. These necessary but expensive products may be primed for a a big change thanks to Bangalore company Achira Labs. Achira has developed a technique to create silk that can be used as test strips. Contrary to popular belief, silk is actually cheap and abundant, potentially cutting the cost of test strips by half! By embedding electrodes into the silk instead of using expensive enzyme sprays like plastic and paper strips. This is especially important for countries with large populations of diabetics that are living in poverty.
The strips roll out overseas this year, and hopefully will start appearing in other countries before the end of the year. For a more in-depth look at the strips, as well as Achira’s other incredible achievements with silk, you can head here, and we will keep you up to date on any further news and advancements!
While we anxiously await new ways to improve the lives of diabetics, there is still a lot that we can do to help keep the progress coming!