Wednesday, September 22, 2010

MIT researchers work on non-invasive blood glucose monitoring

Device from MIT lab could help diabetic patients monitor their blood glucose levels without finger pricks.

People with type 1 diabetes must keep a careful eye on their blood glucose levels: Too much sugar can damage organs, while too little deprives the body of necessary fuel. Most patients must prick their fingers several times a day to draw blood for testing.

To minimize that pain and inconvenience, researchers at MIT’s Spectroscopy Laboratory are working on a noninvasive way to measure blood glucose levels using light.

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