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Medical innovation could make diabetes management easier
(StatePoint) Most people don’t think about their sugar intake, insulin, and blood glucose levels, but for those with diabetes, these are aspects of everyday life. There are more than 24 million people in the United States living with the disease, according to the American Diabetes Association, and this number is on the rise. For these individuals, managing the disease can be a stressful, time-consuming, and even painful process.
As diabetes can result in serious health complications including eye, kidney, and nerve disease, and can lead to premature death, optimal treatment is crucial. But for this to take place, frequent measuring of blood glucose levels is required.
While conventional blood glucose monitoring involves drawing a blood sample from one’s finger, hand, thigh, or forearm with a needle, medical innovations on the horizon are promising to make diabetes management easier on patients.
While at this time there are virtually no viable devices for the non-invasive measurement of glucose levels on the market, this soon will change. For example, GlucoTrack, by Integrity Applications, is a patented product in development that uses ultrasonic, electromagnetic, and thermal technologies to non-invasively measure glucose levels in the blood. The device is battery-operated and includes a main unit, which contains display and control features, as well as transmitter, receiver, and processor, and a personal ear clip, which contains sensors and calibration electronics, and is clipped to the earlobe.
If you have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, here are some things to consider about the new technology that soon may help to make life less painful and more cost-efficient:
•Convenience: About the size and weight of a smartphone, these new monitoring devices are small, light, and easy to carry. Results are given both visually and verbally
•Cost: Compared to a finger-prick device, over the long-term, GlucoTrack will have a reduced life cycle cost, saving patients money
•Data: Blood glucose readings over time give health-care providers useful data that helps determine proper treatment for patients. The new devices store up to 1,000 past readings, and have a USB port for downloading data for off-line analysis, simplifying the logging process for patients.
More information can be found at www.Integrity-App.com.
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