No more needles: Diabetics might be able to stop the constant blood sugar checks thanks to ‘nano-sensor’
Pricking a finger everyday is just part of everyday life for many diabetes patients.
But now a non-invasive measurement approach could release them from the constant annoyance of pin pricks.
Researchers for a firm called Fraunhofer have designed a chip which can be placed on a patient’s body, which can then measure glucose levels via fluids such as body-sweat, meaning diabetics could say goodbye to the prick and needle approach.
For many diabetics, checking blood glucose is an everyday part of life, especially for patients with Type-1 diabetes, who always have to keep a close eye on their levels, since their bodies are incapable of producing the insulin to break down the glucose in the blood.
Several times a day, they have to place a tiny drop of blood on a test strip. It is the only way they can ascertain the blood glucose value, so they can inject the correct amount of insulin needed. And for pain-sensitive patients, the procedure is agony.
The new procedure by Fraunhofer is a bio-sensor that is located on the patient’s body.