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New Diabetes Test Uses Tears (Not Blood) To Measure Glucose Levels

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Tears instead of blood

This should be a relief to diabetes patients tired of pricking their finger up to 10 times a day for blood sugar tests.

University of Michigan scientists have developed a sensor that detects diluted levels of sugar in tears!

So far they've only tested rabbits, but researchers were able to discover the glucose level in tears correlated with the rabbits' blood sugar levels.

Similarly, a biomedical engineer at Arizona State University has developed a device to monitor tear glucose levels by pressing it into the white of your eye for 5 seconds.

Now instead of forcing blood out of their fingers, diabetes patients can either force themselves to cry or force an object into their eyeball. Much better! Ha!

In all seriousness, it sounds like this will eventually be a much more convenient way for diabetics to check blood sugar levels, so we hope it works out!

[Image via WENN.]

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