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Breath analysis test for diabetes

Breath analysis test for diabetes

A breath analysis test may one day be used as a noninvasive way to monitor blood sugar levels in children with type 1 diabetes.

Researchers from the University of California hope that a chemical analysis method developed to test air pollution could also be used in healthcare.

They found that children with type 1 diabetes exhale higher concentrations of methyl nitrates when they are hyperglycaemic.

The higher the child's glucose levels, the higher the concentrations of exhaled methyl nitrates.

Cathy Moulton Care Advisor a Diabetes UK said: "This is an interesting study as it shows that there could one day be a possibility of developing a noninvasive method for monitoring blood glucose levels in children with type 1 diabetes.

"Currently children with diabetes need to prick their fingers around four times a day to check their blood glucose levels."

He adds, however, that this research is still at an early stage, saying: "More research will be needed to prove that breath analysis testing can be an effective way of monitoring blood glucose sugar levels for people with diabetes."

Diabetes UK

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