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Detecting Diabetes

What if you could detect deadly ketones just by breathing? Monitoring your health can be as easy as blowing a dandelion.

Your support is making way for incredible progress

June 26, 2019

We are excited to share an update about the new device which could replace pin prick testing for people living with type 1 diabetes.


Thanks to your incredible support, clinical trials will soon commence for the new non-invasive diabetes monitoring device


Leading a multidisciplinary group of health and engineering experts from the University of Sydney and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Faculty of Engineering researcher Professor Xiaoke Yi believes the device will lead to a more accurate detection of ketoacidosis, a life-threatening medical emergency that occurs when the body does not produce enough insulin and in turn, lead to a more effective management of the disease.


“The breath ketone analyser will be a less invasive and far more accurate way for people with diabetes to monitor their health, by measuring blood ketone levels in the breath,” said Professor Xiaoke Yi from the School of Electrical and Information Engineering.


“The process will be as simple as roadside breath testing – just by measuring the concentration of acetone in a patient’s breath, blood ketone levels can be calculated. “The device has been calibrated to a high sensitivity and is based on an innovative sensing technique that is not affected by alcohol or other gasses,” she explained.


The device will also have the potential to monitor and assist several other diseases such as liver disease, epilepsy, and Alzheimer’s Disease.


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