DIABETES symptoms could be spotted earlier with a new, non-invasive blood glucose level checker that doesn’t require any “painful and annoying” finger pricking.
The device checks the amount of glucose in diabetes patients’ bloodstream by measure their temperature.
Patients simply places their fingertips on a sensor, wait for about 10 seconds, and the device analyses the amount of glucose in their blood.
The warmer the fingertip, the more glucose, the manufacturer, DiaMonTech, said.
It uses infrared technology, and is about the size of a shoebox. But, the device will be made into pocket and wristband sizes soon.
“Pricking your fingers can be painful and annoying, and it raises the risk of infection,” DiaMonTech’s ceo, Thorsten Lubinski, told Express.co.uk.
“You’re only pricking one exact spot, too, about three times a day. You don’t know what your blood glucose levels are doing in between those times.
“Our device measures glucose specifically, so it’s more accurate.”
Diabetes patients could benefit from the shoebox-sized device as early as next year, Lubinski said. It has already received clearance for sale as a medical device.
It will then be made smaller to easily fit into patients’ pockets – similar to the size of a muffin.
The pocket device – which should be available to buy in 2019 – will send readings directly to the patient’s smartphone, to track blood glucose levels live.
A wristband version of the device will also be available in 2012, Lubinski said.
There are about 4.5 million diabetes sufferers in the UK, including 1.1 million undiagnosed patients.
One person every two minutes is diagnosed with the condition in the UK.
Type 1 diabetes is diagnosed when the body’s immune system attacks insulin-producing cells.
If the body isn’t producing enough insulin, it could be a sign of Type 2 diabetes.