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Lessening the pain of blood testing

The New Scientist reported yesterday on research into a new device which monitors blood glucose without the need for regular finger pricking.

The device, 0.5mm in diameter and 10mm in length, is implanted under the skin and reflects light to varying degrees depending on the level of glucose (sugar) in the blood. The light is then measured using a meter held over the skin. Diabetes UK stresses that this research is in the very early stages – and is unlikely to be available for some years.

“There are a number of new developments in blood testing currently in development which will hopefully make the process easier for people with diabetes,” said Simon O'Neill, Head of Care Developments at Diabetes UK. “Regular blood glucose monitoring is an important feature in the self–management of diabetes both in terms of day to day control and preventing long term complications such as heart disease and blindness.”

Diabetes UK welcomes progress towards a pain–free and reliable alternative to finger pricking.

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