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Australian researchers develop saliva based bg test

Discussion in 'Diabetes News' started by EllieM, Jul 14, 2021.

  1. EllieM

    EllieM Type 1 · Moderator
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    Newcastle team develops world-first lickable diabetes test, rendering finger pricks obsolete - ABC News

    Interesting article here, on how researchers have developed a saliva test for blood sugars.

    Not sure how well it would work, would you have to rinse your mouth out before testing?

    The Australian government has announced $6.3million in funding to build a manufacturing facility for the tests in the Hunter region by the end of 2023.

    So sounds like they may be quite close to a workable product....

    They are talking about using it for insulin users, so presumably is accurate? Interesting development.
     
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    Hmm. I'm no scientist. But I wonder if it works on the same principle as to why anyone hypoglycieminc can also fail a breathalizer test?
     
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    I didn't know that. That's scary, making it way too easy for police to assume hypoglycemics are drunk.....
     
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    They can think that if they are not clued up? "Sober up in the morning after a night in the slammer???"

    Long story, I was once breathalized whilst treating a hypo? They'd intially thought I was stealing or robbing my own car.. (It was stionary & parked in a dark area..) it was raiding the glove box after eating the contents of my jacket pocket.
    I was breathalised on a handheld, failed & took down the "nick." Then had to blow in a bigger machine at the station & passed...
    I'd come back up by then... The cops let me go.. They even drove me back to my vehicle?
    I read years later you can fail a breath test whilst low.. ( i felt at the time the device they used needed calibrating.)

    This was a long time ago in my youth when the DVLC rules were actually A little unclear regarding diabetes..

    I learned the hard way.
     
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    Having used the libre now for over 2 years I’m wondering how this would work in practicality , I know when I didn’t take my blood sugar for years was that it was difficult and almost impossible in the job I was doing , the Libre is far more “ work friendly” in my humble opinion .
     
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    Hi,
    I wouldn't dissagree.. With the CGM setups it's never been easier regarding keeping an eye on the ball?
    The work I'm doing these days, I'm pretty much up to my elbows in dust & muck.
    The job I'm currently on (landscaping.) has no working outside tap. So even a simple hand rinse for the classic BG test is not an option. Lol, I suppose I could use my bottled drinking water... :banghead:

    It would be fascinating to see how this saliva tech fairs as a "back up" though?
     
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