A bloodless revolution in diabetes monitoring from the University of Bath
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A bloodless revolution in diabetes monitoring from the University of Bath

December 3, 2019


It’s quite painful to use the
conventional glucose monitoring systems. People prick their finger to collect a drop
of blood and put in the sensor. I thought that developing a non-invasive sensor
could help them in monitoring their disease. My project aims to create and
develop this transdermal patch that is able to extract glucose through
preferential pathways – so the hair follicles – by applying a small current on
the top of the surface of the skin and this current is able to go into the
interstitial fluid and extract glucose that will be collected in a gel and
analyzed by the sensor. The final product will be a sort of patch that people can
apply in their forearms and it will run in a semi-continuous way so
during the day you can have several glucose monitoring points. This will
have a huge impact for the future of diabetes because, by constantly
monitoring the glucose, practitioners can then actually
personalise their therapy so giving the right amount of medicine. Diabetes is a
disease that is increasing day by day and it is always good to have something that can help people to to deal with this disease in terms of
checking their blood glucose level.

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