Research in the field of science and medicine has opened new avenues for scientists and doctors. People suffering from diabetes no longer have to prick their finger to check their sugar level.
The mobile app “Epic Health” does the work for you and gives you accurate results. Designed by British scientists, it lets the user place a fingertip over the camera lens and capture information about his/her heart rate, temperature, blood pressure and blood oxygen saturation.
Finger-prick tests to monitor blood glucose levels can be the bane of a diabetic’s life.
The app is suitable for both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics, and works by placing a fingertip over the camera lens of a smartphone and capturing a series of close-up images.
Dominic Wood, founder of the app says,
The app uses a simple protocol which prompts the user to take a noninvasive test and this allows us to capture the vital information in a systematic way which produces the most consistent results.
“This is a massive driver of prevention,” and even targets, “everyone yet to be diagnosed with or in the general risk of diabetes when it’s still preventable”, Wood added.
Importantly, the Epic app can measure insulin resistance levels – a key way of determining whether someone is pre-diabetic. It does this by measuring the variation in the patient’s pulse which is related to blood glucose concentration.
This would allow someone to alter their lifestyle to avoid developing full-blown Type 2 diabetes, researchers said.
“The prospect of a non-invasive app that monitors blood glucose levels without a drop of blood and without even an accompanying piece of technology is an exciting one,” said Dan Howarth from Diabetes UK.
The app, which has been in development for three years, will undergo clinical trials in the coming months. It will be available to download, free of charge, by the end of the year, the researchers said.
As the world is expanding, the revolution in technology is bringing humans closer and making them take precautions at the right time.
This mobile app will be a huge breakthrough and will relieve people from daily pricking their fingers to find out their blood glucose levels.