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Non-Invasive Acetone Test Developed for Diabetes

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Scientists at Oxford Medical Diagnostics are developing a device that allows people with diabetes to monitor their condition without finger-prick testing. The device will measure the levels of acetone in breath up to one part per million, to indicate if the individual has high blood glucose levels. As diabetics cannot regulate blood-glucose levels, the body burns fat instead of glucose, and this releases acetone, and measuring acetone from patient’s breath can help identify high glucose levels. Scientists are planning to conduct clinical trials of the device and release it commercially within the next six to eight months. Scientists from the University of Newcastle are collaborating with Oxford Medical Diagnostics to develop a more affordable handheld device based on the same principle top help people to monitor diabetes at home.

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