New Glucose Measuring Device
A temporary stick on tattoo that painlessly extracts glucose and monitors its levels in the body. Scientists from the University of California, San Diego have created it. It draws glucose to the surface and is then measured by built-in sensors. The device is cheap too, costing no more than a few cents. It works just like pricked finger tests. It’s hoped to one day replace daily blood samplings. Diabetes affect people all over the world and though we have tons of remedies in this decade, it is still one of the leading causes of deaths worldwide. Many patients are reluctant to the finger pricking tests, but they have to keep measuring their glucose levels.
Another piece of technology that detected glucose levels was created more than a decade ago. It was discontinued due to the discomfort from the electrical currents involved. This new device is much more comfortable because it uses an electrical current that is much lower to attract the sodium ions. This new device involves tiny electrodes printed onto temporary tattoo paper. This can be adhered to a user’s skin. Each device is flexible and last for about a day. Most the volunteers who tested the device were between the ages of 20 and 40 with no prior diabetes history. Most of them didn’t feel anything, but some reported feeling a little tingle for a few seconds.