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Self-Monitoring All Over But The Tears?

Posted Mar 18 2011 9:23am
If research at Arizona State University and the Mayo Clinic have anything to say about it, that may be the case.

A new monitoring sensor is in development -- it will enable tear fluid from the eyes to determine a glucose level.
Glucose in tear fluid may give an indication of glucose levels in the blood as accurately as a test using a blood sample, the researchers say.

"The problem with current self-monitoring blood glucose technologies is not so much the sensor," says Jeffrey T. LaBelle, a bioengineer. "It's the painful finger prick that makes people reluctant to perform the test. This new technology might encourage patients to check their blood sugars more often, which could lead to better control of their diabetes by a simple touch to the eye."
Testing must now begin and early funding has been secured from this institution .
The major challenges are performing the test quickly, efficiently, with reproducible results, without letting the test sample evaporate and without stimulating a stress response that causes people to rub their eyes intensely, LaBelle says.

A study commissioned by the American Diabetes Association reported that in 2007 the national economic burden related to diabetes was more than $170 billion -- including about $116 billion in additional health care costs and $58 billion in lost productivity from workers debilitated by the disease.
The full Science Daily article is here .

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