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If you have diabetes, you understand how critical it is to regularly monitor your blood sugar levels. However, you are aware of how painful and inconvenient it can be to prick your finger several times a day in order to obtain a blood sample. That’s why many people are excited about prickless glucose monitoring, a new technology that can measure your glucose levels without drawing blood.
Sensors that detect glucose levels in other fluids, such as tears or saliva, are used in prickless glucose monitoring. These sensors are connected to a small device worn on your body, such as your arm or ear. The data is then sent to a reader or a smartphone app, where you can view your current glucose level as well as how it changes over time.
There are several advantages to using prickless glucose monitoring, including:
There is less pain and discomfort. You no longer have to deal with needles, lancets, or strips. You can test your glucose levels at any time and from any location without risking injury.
More precision and convenience. Real-time glucose readings are available every minute, 24 hours a day. You can also see how your glucose levels change over time and how they are influenced by things like food, exercise, stress, or medication. This can assist you in adjusting your treatment plan and avoiding complications.
More freedom and assurance. You can go about your business without having to worry about carrying bulky equipment or running out of supplies. You can also avoid the embarrassment and stigma of pricking your finger in public.
There are several types of prickless glucose monitors on the market, including:
Libre Freestyle. This is a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) that employs a sensor worn on the back of your arm for up to 14 days. The sensor detects glucose in the interstitial fluid beneath the skin. Scanning the sensor with a reader device or a smartphone app yields a reading.
Eversense. Another CGM that uses a sensor implanted by a doctor under the skin of your upper arm. The sensor can be worn for up to 90 days and communicates with a transmitter worn on top of your skin. The data is sent from the transmitter to a smartphone app.
GlucoWise. This is a non-invasive glucose monitor that uses radio waves to measure glucose levels in your earlobe’s blood vessels. To get a reading on your smartphone app, you clip the device to your ear and press a button.
If you want to try prickless glucose monitoring, talk to your doctor about whether it is right for you and how to use it properly. You may still need to perform fingerprick tests from time to time to calibrate the device or confirm the results.
Prickless glucose monitoring is a groundbreaking technology that has the potential to make diabetes management easier and more comfortable. It can help you regain control of your health and live a more fulfilling life.
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