UNNOTICEABLE SWEAT: "Even simple mental arithmetic can have a big impact on the sweat meter," says scientist Christian Tronstad (right). Photo: Yngve Vogt
A new sweat meter developed at University of Oslo and the National Hospital of Norway may provide diabetics a non-invasive way to detect low blood sugar levels. There’s a noticeable change in sweat patterns when blood glucose approaches dangerously low levels, hence there is hope that the new technology will be sensitive enough to become a preemptive tool to avoid clinically significant hypoglycemia.
The researchers are now preparing for clinical testing of the new devices on diabetic patients, and other groups are finding use for the sweat sensors for studying kids with chronic fatigue syndrome and night sweats.