NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– Pricking a finger to test for blood sugar levels could be a distant memory for millions of people with diabetes.

This is a timely story in November for National Diabetes Awareness month.

A team of doctors in Connecticut has come up with another way to help diabetics keep their overall health in check.

Good news for patients with diabetes. Pricking their finger to monitor their blood glucose level may soon be replaced  by this latest concept.

“To make this device work, we have married proven acceptable technologies from different fields into a smaller unit,” said Dr. David Mucci, iQuickIt Co-Developer.

A patient’s saliva is used to measure the blood sugar and in two to three seconds there’s a readout.

Emergency Physician Dr. David Mucci co-developed the iQuickit saliva analyzer after treating diabetics in the emergency department.

“We have diabetics where their sugars go so low they don’t realize they have to take more food intake and they actually come in, in hypoglycemic coma,” said Mucci.

It is a welcome device for diabetics like Susan Millerick, who prick their fingers daily.

“Six to eight times a day to adequately manage my blood sugar, in combination with my insulin pump,” said Millerick.

This mother of three has type 1 diabetes and sees the potential benefits.

“Certainly you’re not poking all of your fingers on different days and seeing which one you haven’t poked lately and you’re not forcing yourself to have a cut, an open cut,” said Millerick.

More studies and FDA approval are needed before it’s available to consumers.

“Diabetes leads to many complications that are preventable if the blood sugar can be controlled,” said Dr. William Petit.

Endicronologist Dr. William Petit will take it to the next phase.

“We’ve had a very nice correlation between glucose readings and solution with our system and now we need to move into clinical trials to see if we can reproduce those same kind of numbers and saliva in real live situations,” said Petit.

Diabetes can lead to a number of complications, including nerve and kidney damage.

The device is also capable of sending the reading to a smart phone, enabling parents and doctors to monitor a diabetic in real time.

It could be available in two years.

Story and image copyright © 2013, WTNH. WTNH filed this story on November 15th, 2013.