Western New England University professors Dr. Ronny Priefer and Dr. Michael Rust have developed a hand-held breathalyzer that allows individuals to painlessly check their blood glucose levels. Instead of using the traditional finger-stick testing, patients blow into a breathalyzer to detect the acetone levels in their breath, which have been linked to high blood glucose. With this information, patients can determine if they need to take insulin.
Priefer’s goal is to create a device by the end of 2017 that allows patients to track their blood glucose levels. The new device is currently the size of a small book, but the team is working to make the device even smaller.
Source: Western New England University