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Research and Innovation

Leeds team help to develop new diabetes test

15 July 2015

A team from the University of Leeds working with clinical staff here at LTHT have come up with a non-invasive device which could potentially end daily finger pricking for many patients with diabetes.

Currently people with the condition often self-measure their blood glucose levels with a finger prick test which can be messy and uncomfortable.

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The new technology, developed by Professor Gin Jose and his team, uses a small device with low-powered lasers to measure blood glucose levels without penetrating the skin.

A pilot clinical study has been carried out at the Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine under the supervision of LTHT diabetes specialist Professor Peter Grant, and early indications have been positive. More clinical trials are now scheduled to take place in the hope the product can be developed commercially.