Approximately 26 million Americans have type 2 diabetes. People with diabetes are encouraged to check their blood sugar levels throughout the day as part of managing the disease. For many, the pain associated with pricking the finger discourages regular blood sugar testing.
Pain-free testing may be on the horizon.
Scientists reported in the American Chemical Society’s journal, Analytical Chemistry, that they are developing and testing an electrochemical sensor device that may measure blood sugar levels with tear drops.
The initial tests have been performed on laboratory rabbits.
So far, research has shown tear drops do track blood sugar levels present in the blood.
The tear drop device may be competition for the traditional glucose meters.
The question is, “What will you have to do to make yourself cry?”