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This Tattoo Could Change Diabetes Forever | Food Interrupted

October 8, 2019

[Music] my name is Sam Talbot I’m a chef and an author I really think that sugar consumption is an epidemic for all of us without it we would have less obesity we would have less metabolic health issues we would have less dental issues by the end of the day it’s really easy to see how it all adds up it’s sugar-filled soft drinks and drinks in general it’s everywhere [Music] I started cooking at a really young age by the time I was 14 I was getting paid to cook cooking is cooking is my life and it’s my love you know the rest of my life and very chill I don’t take things too seriously but what I do take seriously is sugar I learned about sugar the hard way I got diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at 11 years old and sugar is my number one enemy if you’re a diabetic at a young age and I’m having to check your blood sugar there was a lot of uncertainty behind it you know it’s tricky right because in the United States they measure sugar with grams you know what does that mean with these manufacturers there is no transparency it’s hidden through Gramps disease is a heavy word when you’re a kid going out to eat with my with my friends at a younger age you felt awkward you know they were eating pizzas and I was eating Greek salads I became very responsible with knowing what goes into your body matters and white sugar is a toxin you just don’t need it diabetics never get a break I check my blood sugar religiously maybe five maybe ten times a day to manage my diabetes I wear a CGM which is a continuous glucose monitor but when I go to the beach and I take off my shirt and I have the sensor here it’s that level of like awkwardness I’m really passionate about finding alternatives that are out there to be able to help measure my glucose I’m here at UC Davis I’m about to meet Katya Vega I’m very excited because she’s an expert in wearable technologies I have been working with wearable technologies and more specifically with the skin on how we can create different devices could be on the body surface so imagine that you call blink and turn the lights or with your fingernail you could pay the metro katia this is your lab this is not what I expected it’s very different from my lab you know my love has knifes and bowls and blenders I see mannequins and fingernails you know walking into Katya slab for the first time looked like a movie set so this project is called the dermal apiece and when we start this project we were asking this question of how we could read information that is inside of your body and usually don’t have access to for example when you wanted to know your cholesterol levels or your glucose levels you have to go to the hospital and wait until you have the results and that’s how we start to think about these biosensors biosensors are these chemicals that they react and they change color so that’s the bio sensor delivers the biosensor English so that’s why we start to think about the tools they change color depending of the changes that are inside of your body so imagine that Sun well for example with diabetes their glucose levels go up and down and if they can see the earth to that it’s changing they could know when they will need more insulin this would help measure my blood glucose levels that’s a whole thing we have the fact that I might be able to get a new tattoo in my collection in the future that can really help check my blood sugar you know keep me healthy right I love that idea this is this is huge I’m really excited because we’re going to the tattoo parlor the artists there is gonna do a prototype of the biosensor tattoo [Music] so we have a challenge for you today we have this project called thermal of ease and this project works with the tools but also in biosensors that’s basically like a new brain of like a mood ring of tattoos right so the tattoo is changing color based on if my blood Sugar’s too high my blood sugar is too low of my pH balance can you I mean that’s like crazy technology right my mom has type 2 diabetes and um you know I thought about her immediately and how you know something that I could do could help pen for her in the long run I am a type 1 diabetic retinal Evan so 3 years ago I started this foundation with 3 other co-founders called V on type 1 and we advocate we educate and we support the path to a cure so this is our logo right that’s a blood drop diabetics don’t go throughout a day without checking their blood sugar this blood drop represents a lot and there’s millions and millions and millions of people that are affected worldwide so um got a big task on you dude Tony you can take my blood drop and put a little heart in there and that could be the sensor for the dermal abyss you know with Katya’s technology and Sam’s inspiration this could take tattooing to a forefront of something that’s new it’s awesome yeah tell me I think this is beautiful man yeah let’s try it let’s do this so what’s the weirdest a to request that you’ve ever done this is this is up there I’m gonna do the dogs first on the outside yeah you start when your darkness coming first yeah the black came out solid we Co imagining for people to have day of eating of course the glucose biosensor will be reading your Google’s levels and changing it’s cooler here during each drugs and violence sort of the hoople’s see how this goes in goes do it brother [Music] perfect ready let’s see if this works yeah so what’s happening now is that it’s going from pink to yellow simulating the sting reacting as you go you’re reacting with what’s happening inside a little body there it goes it’s amazing to see anything like that no we really need this I mean to be honest I’m just completely blown away right I mean to see the prototype go into action I mean this is a type 1 diabetics dream no more devices no more wires no more finger pretty exciting for me to show whether we have been working for a long time she’s going to end up bettering millions and millions of lives when this technology really just available to us not all sugar is created equal when I say sugar is a toxin I’m talking about white processed granulated milled sugar the food industry needs to step up and be more transparent how much sugar they’re putting in their food and that starts with correct labeling Panera is the first and only US restaurant chain that labels added sugars and teaspoons which is great because we all have to be very diligent about our sugar intake not just people living with diabetes all of us [Music] egg [Music]

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  • Reply PTNRD GAMER October 29, 2018 at 2:30 pm


  • Reply Fred C October 29, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    Sugar Gang

  • Reply Vardhanam Daga October 29, 2018 at 2:39 pm

    I want a tattoo that tells me when it's time to get off YouTube

  • Reply Victor Ibarra October 29, 2018 at 2:41 pm

    Sugar is a toxin like moat things.moderationg and genetis play a huge roll. Its unfair how some people seem to eat so much sugar but never get any illnesses

  • Reply Melina Müller October 29, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    That sounds cool

  • Reply Rebekah Bridges-Tervydis October 29, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    Love it. I don’t have diabetes but, I know plenty of loved ones that who do. And, it seems he is Sacto/Davis boy, yea!

  • Reply G. Cosper October 29, 2018 at 3:03 pm

    Yay Panera ! I'm one of those people who wants salt labeled as well so hooray for progress!

  • Reply Aaron Robertson October 29, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    I’m a type 1 diabetic, how can I keep updated on the progress of this technology?

  • Reply John Gonzalez October 29, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    Great video! 👍🏻

  • Reply Oh flan October 29, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    Hmmm… I wonder how this will pan out.

  • Reply Elle Sea October 29, 2018 at 3:51 pm

    I have the beyond type 1 blood drop tattoo on my forearm for my two Type 1 diabetic children. I love the idea of this.

  • Reply Maya. A October 29, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    You can get diabetes and still be healthy. It could run from the Family also.

  • Reply Conor McMenamin October 29, 2018 at 5:01 pm

    Did he never think in all his time with diabetes to maybe figure out a ratio for grams and tsps, cuz the rest of the world understands grams so it's him that has to conform in that sense, not the companies

  • Reply Shazam Bam October 29, 2018 at 5:43 pm

    I am all for the message that this video tries to convey, but honestly how unintelligent can your host be, saying "companies aren't transparent because they use GRAMS as their measurement." like yeah, why would you want measure the amount of sugar in an actually well-designed scale instead of vague "tea spoons". honestly it blows my mind how some people are just oblivious to the way science works and just stick to old fashioned and uneducated ways of measurement. A kilogram, and therefor also a gram (=1/1000th of a kilogram) is defined as the mass of a litre (cubic decimetre) of water at its freezing point. and what is a teaspoon? when I have one teaspoon of sugar, it will be 4.2 grams. but what if i'm not measuring sugar? what if i'm measuring something like, for example, a teaspoon of water? that would be 4.93 grams of water.
    your body doesnt measure its needs in teaspoons, your body measures its needs in grams, because grams are connected to the weight of the molecules that actually enter your body.
    why have so many people lost the ability of critical thinking?
    thank you. 🙂

  • Reply Kai Kunstmann October 29, 2018 at 5:47 pm

    There are 4 gramms of sugar in a teaspoon. A can of soda has about 40g of sugar, which is the same as 10 teaspoons.

  • Reply Dina Zikopoulos October 29, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    i disliked cause i have to pay to watch 😑

  • Reply Rahul Sawant October 29, 2018 at 7:06 pm


  • Reply xFuzzyLove October 29, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    Meat causes diabetes… not sugar.

  • Reply Braxton Smith October 29, 2018 at 8:36 pm

    Diabetes sucks. I know because I have it.

  • Reply Rebecca Hall October 29, 2018 at 11:31 pm

    Contrary to popular belief, eating too much sugar does not cause Type 1 Diabetes. I wish that SoulPancake had done a better job of combatting this misconception.

  • Reply XYAH October 30, 2018 at 12:20 am

    Theres a lot of questions here…like how immediate are the readings, how do different people react to the tattoo. Plus the blood isnt directly flowing through the skin so it would be faster to use your glucose reader than wait who knows how long for a reading. And the biosensor of course worked because it is synthetic in the sense that is produced a predicatable response. Overall the idea is nice but we dont have the tech to do this just yet.

  • Reply Scott DeGasperis October 30, 2018 at 12:32 am

    This seems like a simulation of something that does not yet exist. That looked like a phenolphthalein "tattoo" that they dripped some vinegar on. That's middle school science! Really? Maybe I could mock up a volcano eruption early warning system with some baking soda and vinegar!

  • Reply Jonathan Gauchat October 30, 2018 at 2:13 am

    I don't fully understand the mechanism of how a tattoo could read blood sugar levels if it's just below the skin. Wouldn't it also react if there was glucose outside of the body on the surface?

  • Reply J P October 30, 2018 at 2:21 am

    isn’t sugar in everything?

  • Reply Viviana Pizarro October 30, 2018 at 2:59 am

    I thought for sure he was going to get the tattoo. Why didn't he. It doesn't make any sense

  • Reply Dawn Ehret October 30, 2018 at 4:00 am

    if this is what my first tattoo is to be .then let it be this.sign me up !! i suffer everyday with being diabetic mind and body 🙁 im so tired of living in a constant worry .thank you for your incredible technology and ideas!!!

  • Reply Chronic Butterfly October 30, 2018 at 4:55 am

    The idea is an amazing one! My mom, sister and aunt are type 2 diabetics. My sister would be the only one to go for a tattoo.
    From my understanding of science, food, and metabolism.. pure cane sugar isn't the devil. Processed corn syrup and other processed sugars are the issue. Artificial sweeteners are another issue. Our liver and pancreas weren't designed to break down and digest these types of "sugars". Our kidneys weren't designed to process the byproducts from these processed "sugars" either. People who consume a high amount of diet drinks have a higher risk of developing fatty liver disease, kidney stones, renal failure, wood alcohol poisoning. Aspartame is a known carcinogenic, yet it is continued to be used in thousands of food and drink products because the FDA says it's still safe. Processed corn syrup has been proven to cause obesity because the body doesn't know how to break the molecules down properly. And as for HOW people BECOME diabetic has very little to do with sugar and more about genetics, heredity, medications, overall diet, weight, and general health.

  • Reply Veronika Hutch October 30, 2018 at 7:28 am

    Type 1 diabetes is genetic, NOT caused by sugar

  • Reply Alexandra M. October 30, 2018 at 11:24 pm

    This is all sorts of weird seeing this happening in my home town of Sacramento…

  • Reply canaisis October 31, 2018 at 7:51 am

    Keto all the way

  • Reply The Pits Project October 31, 2018 at 8:56 am

    I want a tattoo that tells me I'm about to have diarrhea 💩

  • Reply Tialisa Chapman October 31, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    you gotta include salt in this as well we eat & drink it WAYYYY more than sugar & both cause problems also sugars are the same their just in more concentrated from,,at least that was the way it was explained to me even honey will cause a bg increase

  • Reply From Singing To Soccer November 1, 2018 at 12:14 am

    Teaspoons are just as obscure of a measurement as grams. You just need to know how much you should be eating in a day and stay within those limits. The measurement doesn't make a difference. For example, I like to think as calories as dollars. Once I've used them up, I can't "purchase" more food.

  • Reply faithlovesbands November 1, 2018 at 1:17 am

    I work at a Panera AND I have type one diabetes!

  • Reply faithlovesbands November 1, 2018 at 1:26 am

    My only problem is that you need to know exactly what your blood sugar is in order to properly correct it.

  • Reply Shirley pilger November 1, 2018 at 2:43 am

    A large number of comments in this feed are so stupid. Clearly they just want to be trolls and criticize everything. It is so stupid to make disparaging remarks when the video was clearly transparent.

  • Reply Chris Hansen November 1, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    cute latina lady!

  • Reply George Smietana November 1, 2018 at 5:18 pm

    Panera has no glutton-free and no dairy free items on it's menu. Their menu is all about bread.

  • Reply stephen hart November 2, 2018 at 12:07 am

    Have had type 1 since birth and after 45 years my body has been through the mill so something like this would be amazing if anyone is working on it in the UK.

  • Reply Frances Brooks November 2, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    Good morning everyone!

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  • Reply Merritt White November 14, 2018 at 5:07 pm

    I think the idea behind this video is really amazing and innovative, but as a Type 1 Diabetic myself some of the content frustrated me. First, there is a really important distinction to draw between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. All of the talk about sugar in the intro to the video is much more closely connected to discussion about Type 2 diabetes than Type 1, and they only kind of clarified what they meant at the very end of the video. So if someone was watching and didn't finish the whole thing, they're left with the same old Diabetes + Sugar = bad misconception. Type 1 diabetes is not caused by consumption of sugar. It involves an autoimmune reaction that your body undergoes when it is in contact with a virus. It can have a genetic component to it as well, but does not always. Also, Type 1 diabetics can definitely eat sugar and pizza. In fact, I know many Type 1's who eat candy to treat lows. As long as Type 1's give insulin to counteract the carbs they ingest (that's another thing, we count carbs, not sugar), and their hemoglobin A1c (a number that corresponds to average blood sugar levels) is within target, they can eat pretty freely. Every diabetic is different though, and can handle what they eat in different ways. Don't get me wrong, I'm really glad to see content on YouTube that discusses diabetes, but it would also be great if that content were accurate and didn't play into some common misconceptions.

    Also, side note: I have a lot of trouble seeing how the tattoo would be more effective than a CGM sensor. If the changing color is what is alerting you to blood sugar fluctuations, how are you meant to translate that into a specific blood sugar number? I feel like it would really only be able to tell you if you're high or low, but my CGM gives me an exact number and tells me which direction my blood sugar is trending every five minutes. It's a cool idea, but I'm not sure how much value it would hold (for me personally).

  • Reply Pray Suguitan November 24, 2018 at 8:05 am

    White sugar white flour are the scourge of human health

  • Reply John Michael Silvestre December 2, 2018 at 11:30 am

    Is that our Guam Seal on his ring finger? 👀

  • Reply tahliah December 3, 2018 at 6:32 am

    i’m type one diabetic, i am twelve nearly thirteen. and this is relatable, the awkwardness of wearing your cgm and everyone asking and touching. plus going out to eat and only being able to eat a small amount because i don’t have a lump and i’m on pens. i would love to meet more diabetics, :

  • Reply Abigail Miller May 2, 2019 at 10:33 pm

    type 1 diabetes is not "sugar related" you CAN'T possibly get it from eating sugar omfg do some simple research before putting out something so ignorant wow.

  • Reply karmiña vittilly July 5, 2019 at 11:10 pm

    what good information thank you. 🙎‍♀👍❤ I use natural remedies to stop my diabetes, you can see the method here and in about 2 weeks my blood sugar went down to normal levels.

  • Reply PacoAU101 July 20, 2019 at 12:05 am

    Who goes to the hospital to check their glucose levels? Glucometers have been in use at home for decades!

  • Reply Enrico Gura August 14, 2019 at 3:57 pm

    1. The biosensor should stay in the skin. White blood cells would "attempt" flushing it out. Tattoo pigments(made up of metallic oxides) have way bigger particles than our white blood cells that's why it takes 5 years or more for ink to "fade", unless when exposed to UV or other types of radiation which "break down" the pigment particles. If the biosensor is just liquid with small pigment particles it would just be washed away in weeks or less.
    2. I'm not so sure about this one but it's worth mentioning. Maybe for this one, we might consider hitting the subcutaneous layer, that is, deeper than what a normal tattoo would be which is approximately 1mm. Fat and blood vessels are on that layer so though it would be "technically wrong" (but scientifically correct) to punch a little deeper (which would lead to blowouts), there is better access to sugar contact when the biosensor is injected that deep. If the biosensor is injected as deep as standard tattoos are injected, it would be trapped in an envelope in between the dermis and epidermis. The con to hitting the subcutaneous layer is that the image would not be that sharp either with lines or fill-ins. That layer is "blow-out" layer.

    I hope this biosensor idea would succeed. My father was a diabetic.(rest in peace)

  • Reply 00sevensargent August 21, 2019 at 8:10 am

    as a T1D I have a BMI of 33 and an A1c of 5.3 so you can eat the flippen pizza, cool info on the ratio tho man.

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