These Biosensing Tattoos Change Color When Your Health Is at Risk. Tattoos are on trend now a days. Mostly people like tattoos , you’ll have to admit—these are pretty cool.
In this modern world our Scientists have developed something called a “biosensing” tattoo . Yes you heard it right its biosensing tattoos, they could help change the lives of people living with types 1 or 2 diabetes. How could a tattoo do this, you ask?
Well, by changing color along with the person’s blood sugar levels.
This new tattoo is the hard work of a team of researchers from Harvard and MIT who call the project Dermal Abyss. The researchers replaced traditional tattoo ink with color-changing “biosensors” that react to variations in the interstitial fluid, which surrounds tissue cells in the human body.“It blends advances in biotechnology with traditional methods in tattoo artistry,” the team writes on their website. “Currently… diabetics need to monitor their glucose levels by piercing the skin, 3 to 10 times per day. With Dermal Abyss, we imagine the future where the painful procedure is replaced with a tattoo. Thus, the user could monitor the color changes and the need of insulin.”
Our scientist focuses on four different biosensors that react to three different pieces of biochemical information that are evident in that interstitial fluid.The pH (or acidity) of the fluid changes between purple and pink, the glucose (sugar) sensor changes between blue and brown and the sodium and another pH sensor “fluoresce at a higher intensity under UV light.”
Mostly doctors suggested that taking a hot bath can help regulate blood sugar and inflammation (in addition to burning the same amount of calories as a half-hour of walking!).“We also showed changes to the inflammatory response similar to that following exercise,” wrote Steve Faulkner, lead author of the study, in The Conversation. “The anti-inflammatory response to exercise is important as it helps to protect us against infection and illness, but chronic inflammation is associated with a reduced ability to fight off diseases. This suggests that repeated passive heating may contribute to reducing chronic inflammation, which is often present with long-term diseases, such as type 2 diabetes.”
Taking a hot bath, getting a tattoo—who knew these things would both be able to help diabetics?
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