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New Blood Glucose Monitor Would Be a Breath of Fresh Air | Diabetes News Hound | January 26, 2010

A recent article from the magazine Diabetes Forecast says that scientists are trying to develop a way to measure blood sugar levels by analyzing your breath.

University of California-Irvine scientist Pietro Galassetti, MD, PHD, is working with a grant from the American Diabetes Association to try and make the breath test a reality. Before current glucose monitors were developed, smelling the breath of diabetics was one way people could informally test for blood sugar problems.

Now, Galassetti is using technology originally designed to identify chemicals in the atmosphere. He is also working to develop an algorithm to make sense of the data collected from such breath tests. Such an algorithm is needed to be able to provide blood sugar readings from the data.

However, even if everything goes as planned, breath-test monitors are still a long way off. If successful, Galassetti hopes that the private sector can refine the technology and bring it to market within the next 20 years.

via New Blood Glucose Monitor Would Be a Breath of Fresh Air | Diabetes News Hound.

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