People with diabetes Offered The Opportunity To Possibly End Finger Pricking For Glucose Monitoring
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Diabetes is considered a global health epidemic and causes quite a large number of people to pass
away at an early age. In the last few decades, there has been a significant increase in the prevalence
of the disease. In 1980, there were an estimated 108 million people throughout the world living with
the disease. Today, almost half a billion people have been diagnosed with the disease. This accounts
for around 8.5% of the global population.


Once diagnosed, it becomes crucial for a person to monitor their blood glucose levels frequently.
This helps the individual understand whether or not their diabetes is in a controlled state and to take
appropriate action when they have a significant spike in their blood sugar levels.


The most common method used to test blood glucose levels includes a finger prick test, which can
be done at home or by visiting a local clinic. Unfortunately, many people find finger pricking multiple
times a day to be unpleasant, and it can also cause them to experience pain.


Is Prickless Blood Glucose Monitoring Possible?
Companies have recently started to investigate the use of certain devices that can assist in
monitoring a person’s blood glucose levels without the need for finger pricking. We have already
seen various products released on the market that aims to reduce the amount of finger pricking that
is involved in monitoring a patient’s diabetes and blood sugar control. Many companies are also
developing more advanced systems that would ultimately provide a more accurate way of having an
always-on monitoring system that can alert a patient of sudden changes in their blood sugar levels.


The FreeStyle Libre Flash has recently been commercialized and is already available in more than 40
countries around the world. This device utilizes a patch that is placed on the skin and can instantly
report a patient’s blood glucose levels. A compact device comes with the patch that can provide a
reading of the patient’s sugar levels with the press of a button – without the need for a blood
sample.


Many other products have also been released, and some are currently in development. Other
popular options that diabetic patients are able to choose from include GlucoSense, NovioSense, and
GlucoWise.



Conclusion
Individuals with diabetes need to monitor their blood glucose levels to detect sudden changes continuously. This can assist in better controlling blood sugar levels and can help a person avoid potential complications that may be caused by a sudden rise or drop in their glucose levels. While finger pricking has been the default method of testing blood glucose levels for the past few decades,health care companies are now investing in products that would allow monitoring diabetes withoutthe need to prick the patient's finger frequently.


References
https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/diabetes


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