Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 5 pm / Marib Press – Agencies
A new device placed on the skin may allow diabetics to measure and control blood sugar levels without having to finger their finger or get blood samples in other ways.
The new technology “may become the first method without needles, including completely avoiding finger prick, to monitor blood sugar levels throughout the day,” Dr Adlina Elay of Britain’s Bath University told Reuters Health by e-mail.
People with diabetes have to follow blood glucose levels regularly to determine doses of medicine and food. There is no way to do this without a blood sample.
Dr. Elay’s team developed a device that can measure sugar levels in the fluid just below the skin.
The researchers reported in the study, published in the journal Nature Nanotechnology, that the device presented results close to the levels recorded in the blood when tested on volunteers who are not diabetic.
The researchers stressed that the device still needs to be further developed before it becomes a wearable and simple way to measure blood sugar levels without a sample.
“This result is very important not only for type 1 diabetics who need to monitor blood sugar levels accurately and repeatedly every day, but also for Type II patients, who are growing rapidly, as a device such as ours can maintain the concentration of sugar in the blood at Natural level in a comfortable and easy way. “