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For millions of diabetics - measuring blood sugar levels is literally A PAIN!

While glucose meters are much improved - you still have to poke yourself everyday.

But, that's about to change.

Nearly 75 million diabetics and Americans with elevated blood sugar levels will be happy to know, a new glucometer in development is not only pain free - it does away with expensive supplies.

These new meters measure the concentration of glucose in interstitial fluid which sits between the skin's surface and underlying blood vessels.

They use light in the form of IR or infrared radiation, which passes through the skin. But don't worry. This form of radiation doesn't damage cells and tissues.

Measuring glucose this way is really pretty simple. If you shine radiation through human tissue, the light that comes through is used to calculate the glucose concentration.

It sounds simple enough, but there are a few problems. The radiation going through your tissue encounters other molecules which can blur the readings. To get around this, developers created complicated mathematical signal processing and amplification schemes to isolate and quantify the glucose.

There are other pain free technologies emerging. After more testing and FDA approval, these devices may be available in the next few years.

Without painful pokes, diabetics are more likely to test regularly and that means staying healthy, longer.


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Opticsreport.com provided an article with information about the various technologies for non-invasive glucometers.
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This Web page brings together in one place descriptions of and links to only those Web pages dealing with meters for diabetes management, but is linked to the 15 other On-line Diabetes Resources pages dealing with other Web pages, other parts of the Internet, and other on-line services. It appears to updated regularly and has coverage for most meters on the market and examines future meter development.
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The American Diabetes Association is the nation's leading nonprofit health organization providing diabetes research, information and advocacy. Their website is an excellent source of information and advice for those who have diabetes or may be at risk for developing it. Diabetes often goes undiagnosed because many of its symptoms seem so harmless. Recent studies indicate that the early detection of diabetes symptoms and treatment can decrease the chance of developing the complications of diabetes.
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Early diabetes symptoms can be subtle or seemingly harmless - if you have them at all. In fact, you could have diabetes for months or even years and not even know it. In the United States alone, more than 6 million people are unaware that they have diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. But you don't need to become a statistic. Understanding possible diabetes symptoms can lead to early diagnosis and treatment - and a lifetime of better health. For some help recognizing the symptoms and when to see your doctor, see the Mayo Clinic web site.

 
 

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