Tear Drops: A new way of measuring Diabetes
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on February 27th, 2016 | Comments
Diabetes has become a common word in Indian households. Statistics show that more than 61.3 million people in India are suffering from diabetes. According to World Health Organization (WHO), 11.8 percent of the males and 10.8 percent of the females, in India have raised fasting blood glucose levels. Why is Diabetes taken so seriously?Diabetes is a metabolic disease, which affects every system of our body. It is the complications of diabetes which actually proves fatal. The best indicator for diabetes is a rise in blood glucose levels. A level less than 100 mg/dl while fasting and less than 140mg/dl two hours after meal is considered normal. If the level rises beyond this then, it is regarded unhealthy, and is regarded as a predisposing factor, for some of the most debilitating diseases.Types of DiabetesDiabetes occurs in 3 forms; Type I, Type II, and Gestational Diabetes. In Type I Diabetes, body fails to produce insulin, whereas in Type II diabetes, body becomes resistant to insulin. Gestational Diabetes occurs, when a women not previously predisposed to diabetes, develops it during pregnancy.Measuring Blood Glucose LevelsKeeping a track of blood glucose levels is very important for a diabetic. Specially, the patients with Type I Diabetes have to measure the blood glucose levels daily before meals. Till now the easiest way of measuring diabetes was with the help of a ‘Diabetic Home Kit'. This requires a pin prick to collect the blood sample, and then this sample is put in a device which measures the blood glucose levels.
‘Linchpin': A promising solution to all the inconvenience Till now, the diabetic patients had to go through the pin prick pain every time they measure the glucose levels. But now, scientists have come up with a very innovative and effortless technique for measuring the blood glucose levels. This new technique is absolutely non-invasive. The device named ‘linchpin' is a biosensor, which combines measurement and digital analysis. This devise is well equipped to transmit data into a mobile via a wireless interface, hence measurement becomes hassle free. The device is capable of measuring the glucose levels even from tears! Testing done from tears has an advantage of comfort over testing done from blood, as it does not involve a prick onto the skin. Hence this device looks very promising, and would soon make the use of needles, for glucose monitoring, a thing from the past.