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Non-invasive device could end daily finger pricking for people with diabetes

A new laser sensor that monitors without penetrating the skin could transform the lives of millions of people living with .

Currently, many people with to measure their blood by pricking their fingers, squeezing drops of blood onto test strips, and processing the results with portable glucometers. The process can be uncomfortable, messy and often has to be repeated several times every day.

The new technology, developed by Professor and a team at the , uses a small device with low-powered lasers to measure blood glucose levels without penetrating the skin. It could give people a simpler, pain-free alternative to finger pricking.

The technology has continuous monitoring capabilities making it ideal for development as a wearable device. This could help improve the lives of millions of people by enabling them to constantly monitor their glucose levels without the need for an implant.

Image of Glucosense monitor
Glucosense monitor


Source: University of Leeds