A painless new method for detecting diabetes, utilizing saliva has been developed by a research team, including an Indian-origin boffin.
While searching for biomarkers that may indicate diabetes, doctors examined the saliva of 40 different patients.
Through salivary analysis, they managed to devise a new 'non-invasive' method for detecting diabetes that forgoes the uncomfortable prick of a needle, patients need only to spit into a cup.
The spit test could be performed for little cost in a doctor's office or at a patient's home.
"Our goal was to characterize proteins in human saliva that may indicate prediabetes and type-2. Analysis of these proteins allowed us to develop a new method for screening, detecting and monitoring the diabetic state," said Srinivasa R. Nagalla, MD a member of the research team.
The method will be revealed Friday, May 15, at the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) 18th Annual Meeting and Clinical Congress in Houston, Texas.