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Blood glucose measurement: Laser instead of lancet

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About 40 million people worldwide – that is the number of type 1 diabetics who have to prick their fingers several times a day. To determine the glucose level in the blood, the unpleasant spades are still unavoidable today. According to Sven Delbeck, PhD student at the South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences, this spades could soon be replaced by a non-invasive method. You can find out more about blood glucose measurement using laser spectrometers in our interview.

I wish you a pleasant week

Elena Blume
Editorial team MEDICA-tradefair.com

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Topic of the Month: COPD management
Interview: Blood glucose measurement via laser spectrometers
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Blood Sugar Monitoring: Using Infrared Instead of Invasive Techniques

Interview

Image: Ellipsoid of revolution with a gold coating to detect backscattered photons from the skin tissue; Copyright: Sven Delbeck/Fachhochschule Südwestfalen
Over six million people in Germany have diabetes. It is estimated that almost 400 million people are affected by this disease worldwide. Diabetes sufferers must prick their fingers several times a day to monitor their blood sugar.
Read the interview here:
Blood Sugar Monitoring: Using Infrared Instead of Invasive Techniques
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