Researchers eye new technology to help people, dogs, with diabetes

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CLEMSON, S.C. (WNCT) – New research out of Clemson University aims to provide people, and even dogs, with a new way to test their blood sugar.

The idea started after PhD student Kayla Wilson went to Tanzania on a school trip. Wilson, a lifelong diabetic, saw firsthand how big of a problem diabetes is worldwide, especially in 3rd world countries, after she couldn’t find the necessary strips.

Wilson said she went six days without testing her blood sugar.

After taking the idea to her professor, Dr. Delphine Dean, they created life tab, a coated paper tab that people can drop blood on to change its colors. Then people can use a mobile app to get a reading of that color.

“We’re hoping by making something relatively cheap and affordable, we will get people to better monitor,” said Dean.

The device also prompted researchers to look into something similar for diabetic dogs. Vet tab was created, which is similar to life tab, only it uses the pet’s saliva.

John Warner, CEO of Accessible Diagnostics, said the device will be much easier to use for pet owners.

“Instead of having to prick their animal and get a drop of blood, they get a drop of saliva, use their phone and get a number,” Warner said. “It’s a game changer for them.”

Researchers hope to have vet tab on the shelves by 2017, and life tab ready for the public by 2018.

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