SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Western New England University professors Dr. Ronny Priefer and Dr. Michael Rust have developed a hand-held breathalyzer that allows individuals to check their blood glucose levels. Instead of using finger-stick testing, patients blow into a breathalyzer to detect acetone levels in their breath. “We believe it is a necessary alternative to the finger-stick approach for people living with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes,” said Priefer in a statement. “Necessary because as many as 66% of people with diabetes currently avoid doing the finger-stick testing due to the invasive and painful nature that patients must endure between 4-12 times a day.” Priefer hopes to have the device ready for sale by the end of next year.
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