Ronny Priefer, PhD’03, has developed a device that may allow diabetics to monitor their blood-glucose levels without actually drawing blood.
Priefer’s invention, a handheld breathalyzer, would measure the levels of acetone – which are indicative of blood-glucose levels – in a person’s breath. Currently, diabetics must prick their fingers up to seven times a day with a needle to monitor their disease.
Devices similar to Priefer’s are in development, but he believes his is more effective than other types of apparatus, in part because it takes into account humidity levels in people’s mouths – a factor that can lead to inaccurate readings.
Priefer hopes to begin testing the device in late 2014 or early 2015.