The technological world that we live in is always making advancements and moving forward, and thank goodness it isn’t leaving diabetes research behind. Over the past few years there have been some great breakthroughs in research that will help advance the tools for diabetes management.

One of the most recent breakthroughs we have seen is research conducted at North Carolina State University that has revealed a new treatment method using nanoparticles to help control blood sugar levels in those with diabetes. According to the study, nanoparticles are injected into the body and respond to blood sugar changes by releasing insulin to help balance blood sugar levels. You can read more about the study here.

Introducing nanoparticles into diabetes management is an exciting technological step forward in the world of diabetes. But don’t let yourself get too excited — this technology is still in the animal-testing phase and who knows how long it could take before we hear about the human studies. Then there will be the process of FDA approval which can drag on for what seems like eternity.

Don’t get me wrong, it is definitely worth getting excited about. But realistically, we may not see this product on the market within this decade or the next. Tools for diabetes management have made leaps and bounds in the last 30 years and today those of us living with diabetes are benefiting from the hard work of researchers decades ago.

While these many new products and advancements in technology may get us really excited, we may not actually be able to benefit from many of them in our lifetime. I suppose this is a selfish way of thinking, but in all reality I want the best tools to help me manage my diabetes right now. When it comes to a chronic disease, it can be hard to wait. I sometimes feel like a horse with a carrot being dangled in front of me that will always be just out of reach.

Again, I do want to clarify that this great news should not be ignored or pushed aside because down the road, it is possible that nanoparticles may become a regular part of diabetes management for many. However, it is also important for us to manage our expectations and understand that these things take time. While we can keep tabs on how the research on the great new tools we hear about is progressing, I would suggest to not to rush in to your doctors and request this new treatment yet.