Those who suffer with diabetes on a day-to-day basis know that monitoring their diet can be a struggle, especially for those with Type 1 who have to monitor blood sugar levels multiple times a day. This requires pricking your fingers and drawing out your own blood for a reading of glucose levels. That can get very old very fast.
Luckily, there is good news on the horizon, as a team of researchers at the Cardiff University's School of Engineering is working on developing a breakthrough device that helps diabetic patients monitor their glucose levels, without having to break their skin. In fact, it doesn't even require blood.
The device is an adhesive patch that uses microwaves to keep track of glucose levels. Once the information is gathered, the data are sent to an accompanying app. One of the device's creators, Adrian Porch, a professor at the university, told BBC that its microwave levels are very low and safe. "Think about a mobile phone," he said, "we're about a thousand times less than that level."
The device is designed to stick directly to the skin with an adhesive, and because it doesn't use chemicals it has a longer shelf life. The testing and research of the device may still take at least five more years before it becomes available to the public. At least 50 patients at the Swansea University College of Medicine have been tested with the new technology and more tests are scheduled to follow during the summer.
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