No More Diabetes Testing Using Blood? New Glucose Sensor

By Deborah Mitchell on August 26, 2012 – 5:33am for eMaxHealth
Diabetes Care Current News

Imagine not having to prick your finger, arm, or thigh ever again to take a reading of your sugar levels. Sound good? Purdue researchers have developed a new glucose sensor that can detect sugar concentrations in urine, tears, and saliva, which could mean no more finger sticks in the future.

Is there a better way to test glucose?
People with diabetes need to monitor their blood glucose daily as part of their standard care. For those with type 1 diabetes, at least three to four tests per day is typical, while those who have type 2 diabetes should do at least two finger pricks. Yet compliance is not good, with one study showing that up to 67 percent of patients don’t routinely monitor their sugar levels.
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