A new device for measuring glucose levels has been developed, increasing ease of use and reducing cost associated with current glucose meters.
A new device has been developed to measure glucose levels in the urine, called Glucosalarm. The device sits in the toilet. After activating the sensor via Bluetooth signal from a smartphone, the patient urinates. A few drops of urine are collected on the device where it interacts with enzymes to form a colored compound. The sensor present in the device then measures the intensity of the color, giving a final calculated concentration of glucose. Glucosalarm then signals the result back to the smartphone. If necessary, an alarm is sent to either the patient’s physician or to an emergency number, if the glucose concentration is too high. Readings can also be sent to physicians to monitor control of blood glucose over time.
Glucosalarm provides benefit to patients with diabetes who regularly test blood glucose levels via pricking a finger. The ease of use would suggest that compliance with regular monitoring and control of blood glucose would also improve. Glucosalarm also reduces the cost of expensive test strips used in a glucose meter.
Glucosalarm has been praised by the MIT Tech Review, and has won the Global Innovation Competition for Science and Technology for the Benefit of Mankind (GIST Tech-I). The expected release date for Glucosalarm in the United States is late 2016 to early2017.
Glucosalarm News Release: http://www.alphagalileo.org/ViewItem.aspx?ItemId=158363&CultureCode=en
Glucosalarm Website http://www.glucosalarm.com/
Written by Deborah Tallarigo, PhD