Insulin relief hope for kids

(From left) Doctors TK Mukherjee, Richard Holt, Tirthankar Chaudhury, Andrew Boulton and Sandip Bhalla at the conference at the Oberoi Grand on Sunday. (Sanat Kr Sinha)

Esplanade: Inhalers and pills could give children suffering from diabetes freedom from daily insulin injections, if research succeeds, doctors from British universities said at a conference in the city on Sunday.

Patients can be fitted with automatic glucometers that take readings round the clock and send a message to the user’s mobile phone if the blood sugar level reaches a point where insulin intervention becomes necessary.

Children suffering from type 1 or paediatric diabetes, whose bodies stop producing insulin, have to take insulin injections every time they have a major meal.

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