WASHINGTON, DC (Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Twenty million Americans suffer from
diabetes, but they often don't know it for years until they get severe
complications like blindness or kidney disease. Now, a quick, painless test
could get more patients to get tested sooner.
Shirley Loo has two siblings with diabetes, so she thinks before she eats.
"You can lose a limb. You can die of diabetes. You can go blind with it," Loo
She avoids sweets, reads labels and is taking part in a study looking at a new
painless, bloodless diabetes test.
"I want to keep enjoying life and just have a great life and you need well being
for that," Loo said.
A new machine could replace the traditional diabetes testing method of fasting,
drinking a sweet glucose solution and taking a blood test.
"It did take a couple of hours while I was here for the whole test," Loo
explained of her experience with the traditional diabetes testing method.
But the VeraLight Scout system has patients in and out in a flash. It uses
fluorescent light to non-invasively measure the effects of high glucose levels
in the forearm's connective tissue.
"We don't have to stick you to be able to identify those biochemical changes
that may reflect diabetes," Robert Ratner, M.D., vice president for scientific
affairs of the MedStar Research Institute in Washington, D.C., told Ivanhoe.
The machine shines a light onto the skin's surface and the layers of tissue
immediately below. It measures how much light bounces back in very specific
"We believe the Scout measurement is as accurate, if not more so, than the
fasting glucose levels in the blood," Dr. Ratner said.
Some doctors believe the test will be the future of diabetes detection! Loo
hopes the pain-free device will get others to get tested sooner.
The Scout is only for initial diabetes detection, not daily blood glucose
testing. Traditional diabetes detection can take about two hours, but the Scout
system only takes about three minutes to produce a result. Scout measurements
can be made any time of the day because fasting is not required.
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