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New Diabetes Device to Use Lasers to Measure Blood Glucose Levels

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Published on : Dec 21, 2015

While several research and development initiatives are underway to develop the most convenient modality ensuring an easy way of keeping diabetes on check, the medical device manufacturers have potentially walked a step ahead. The advent of this new technology could mean diabetes patients may finally do away the need to prick their fingers every time they wanted to check their blood glucose levels. 

What is touted as an engineering breakthrough, originating from the University of Leeds has led to the innovation of a small device. This device uses lasers of lower power to test blood sugar levels. Hence, it doesn’t require penetrating the skin, which is a common thing that a diabetes patient often has to endure. Some even have to go through this multiple times in a day. 

Technology Used by the Device 

The innovation of the latest device can actually relieve diabetes patients from pricking their finger every time they want to check their blood glucose levels. The device will be integrated with a nano-engineered silica glass, which will enable to instrument to measure the blood glucose levels through fluorescence created by the lasers. Irrespective of how complicated it may sound, the process according to the researchers will not take more than 30 seconds. 

Developed with the intent of making healthcare more convenient, the device once launched in the market is likely to revolutionize the way diabetic patients monitored their health. 

Furthermore, the device is integrated with the technology that enables to it to continuously monitor the blood glucose level. This easily connotes the innovation of a novel wearable technology. 

The researchers hope, once the trials are completed and the device is formally launched in the market, it will be available to customers in wearable and portable designs. 

Speaking about what the device is capable of offering, Professor Gin Jose from the University of Leeds said that it is designed to allow people monitor their blood glucose levels by themselves and significantly bring down the emergency hospital treatment.  

According to experts this wearable device is only a step away from the development of a device which sends alerts or readings directly to doctor’s smartphones.