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New patch offers new way to measure blood sugar levels without sticking your finger

New patch offers new way to measure blood sugar levels without sticking your finger (Courtesy University of Bath)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - People with diabetes may soon have a new way to measure blood sugar levels without having to do “finger sticks”.

Usually “finger sticks” are done to test how high or low sugar is in the blood so you can know how to adjust insulin or medication.

Researchers at the University of Bath have come up with something that might eliminate the need for all those finger-sticks. It's a patch.

The patch doesn't pierce the skin, instead, it draws glucose out from fluid between cells across hair follicles.

According to researchers, the fluid then is individually assessed by an array of miniature sensors using a small electrical current.

The glucose, or sugar, collects in tiny reservoirs and is measured.

Early studies show it works accurately in those who are healthy and don't have diabetes.

Apparently, it will take readings every ten to fifteen minutes, over several hours.

Inventors say that it does not require calibration because of the design of the sensors.

Researchers say they need to now refine the design for 24-hour wear and continue clinical trials.

There is no word yet on how soon the patch will be available on the market.

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