Improved Circulation for Diabetics
“More than 100 million Americans now live with diabetes, and many are afflicted with neuropathy.”
More than 100 million Americans now live with diabetes, and many are afflicted with neuropathy – a symptom of the disease that causes nerve damage in the body’s extremities. Although the condition cannot be treated, RMU engineering students found a way to mitigate its symptoms: An adjustable band that adjusts blood flow to the affected body part – such as a foot – in order to trigger the body’s own autoimmune response, which can improve blood circulation.
The band, made of a flexible substance called thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), also can monitor blood pressure to ensure patient safety. RMU students created a testable prototype on a budget of only $250.