Diabetes is a diseases that ails millions of people all over the world. There is no known cure for it, and managing it’s symptoms can be a full time job.
Half of the battle is often trying to keep tabs on your daily glucose levels. This becomes a hassle because the only prevalent method of measuring glucose is through blood tests.
However, this doesn’t have to be the only source of detection, as even our sweat contains information that can be used to deduce correct levels of blood glucose.
The problem with this method is that current devices aren’t sensitive enough to form correct guesses on our blood glucose levels based off just our sweat.
Now, researchers are working on a new kind of microchip that will solve that problem by measuring sweat glucose levels with high accuracy in real time.
This team of researchers comes from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Zhejiang University in China, where they are already conducting experiments on fiber optic glucose sensors for diabetic monitoring.
These sensors are then placed onto a microfluidic chip to create portable, high-performance glucose measuring devices. The great thing about these devices is that they are very low cost to make and maintain.
Once created, all you would need to do is place said chip onto your skin, where it will constantly monitor your glucose levels through sweat secretion.
Tests conducted so far have proven quite promising, with hopes that with future research, this will become a permanent non invasive solution for easy diabetic management.