Diabetes patients may no longer have to prick their finger to monitor the levels of glucose in the blood thanks to new technologies found in South Korea.
Samsung Electronics said Wednesday that its research center developed non-invasive alternatives to check the glucose level, which is a long-standing dream in diabetes management.
The tech giant collaborated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) of the United States to utilize a laser-based technique known as Raman spectroscopy. The findings were featured at Science Advances on Jan. 24.
Scientists have tried to take advantage of Raman spectroscopy to monitor the glucose level, but up until now, its effectiveness and accuracy have not been satisfactory.
Samsung and MIT members tried to deal with the limitations through coming up with a breakthrough, which it calls an off-axis Raman spectroscopy.
Based on the direct observation of glucose Raman peaks from the skin, Samsung said that it could overcome the conventional problem of failing to show direct evidence for glucose sensing.
“Non-invasive blood glucose monitoring has been a topic of great discussion for decades, and I believe that our findings will help guide the direction of future studies for non-invasive glucose sensing,” Samsung researcher Nam Sung-hyun said.
“We will continue to solve challenging problems with the belief that this will lead to the commercialization of non-invasive blood glucose sensors, and ultimately help make life easier for people with diabetes.”
The number of diabetes patients and the related costs are on the steady rise across the world.
According to the International Diabetes Federation, one in 11 adults is estimated to be living with diabetes, approaching 465 million people worldwide.
This article is provided by UPI News Korea. _ ED.