Did you see the news article about the non-invasive glucose monitor?

John Crowley
By John CrowleyCA Latest Reply 2013-06-03 19:51:19 -0500
Started 2011-03-30 17:53:53 -0500

Pretty exciting news about a new kind of glucose monitor that detects blood sugar by shining an infrared light through the skin. I know I've heard of other attempts at this.

This particular meter is coming out of the University of Missouri St. Louis and sounds pretty promising.

Check out the article: http://www.news-medical.net/news/20110330/Non...

35 replies

Flustrated 2011-04-19 14:53:34 -0300 Report

It will be a good thing, I hope medical insurance will cover it. Maybe it will tell you when to eat and stop eating.

jayabee52 2011-04-19 15:12:05 -0300 Report

I think that's best left to the "computer" between your ears!

Flustrated 2011-04-19 13:14:35 -0500 Report

Darn! lol

Flustrated 2011-04-19 13:30:58 -0500 Report

Wow! I saw that new gadget. Hey! what about the Ultra smart meter you connect to the computer and see your highs and lows, activities, and carbs. It's just like the computer between the ears (only good for what you put in it.) lol

Hopieland 2011-04-19 13:21:56 -0500 Report

The little computer between my ears only helps when I mind the alarm. Maybe something like a bark collar that would zap me when I open mouth to insert bad food would help.

paparoo 2011-04-19 14:16:37 -0300 Report

Hi folks

Work is also being done on continuous monitoring of blood glucose. It consists of an implant and a wireless transceiver system. Pretty cool, made by a company called Dexcom. Their product is called Seven Plus.

TamaraW 2011-04-19 16:12:34 -0300 Report

The Dexcom is great!

I actually used the very first one that came on the market about 4 years ago. I believe it's still minimally invasive (not an actual implant quite yet, right?). It's an easy insert process, and it is now approved by the FDA to be left in for 7 days (rather than the original 3 days).

I unfortunately reacted poorly to the insert itself, but would recommend it to anyone as most people don't react badly. It's great to see the trends of ups and downs charted for you (especially while exercising and sleeping, when it can give you alerts of too fast a change or hitting a low or high threshold). Of course, it's measuring interstitial fluid, so a finger stick test should be done before any corrective measures are taken due to the time lag between I.F. glucose levels and blood glucose levels.

Their web site is www.dexcom.com.

TamaraW 2011-04-19 11:45:25 -0300 Report

Hi all,
I work at the University of Missouri St. Louis and am in charge of the commercialization of this device for the university (i.e., licensing it to the startup company that will take it from here into clinical trials and marketing). With regulatory approvals, it's still a couple years out, but we're very excited about it. I particularly am as a Type 1 diabetic for almost 32 years! The company that has licensed it is working hard to get it onto the market. We will definitely send out press releases as they reach the various development milestones. -Tamara

Hopieland 2011-04-19 13:26:54 -0500 Report

How exciting to be on THAT cutting edge! Something we can all look toward with anticipation with you. Would you be willing to share some of your experiences w/D (diabetes) w/this community? Yes or no, please do keep us up-to-date on this exciting breakthrough…and welcome to our family!

John Crowley
John CrowleyCA 2011-04-19 12:45:58 -0300 Report

Welcome! and how exciting to get the "inside scoop" from you.

That's fantastic that you get to be a part of trying to bring the meter to market. Please do keep us posted. (And we hope you'll enjoy sticking around in the community too.)

gms123 2011-04-09 15:04:16 -0500 Report

Hi John, I just joined DC and was delighted to discover your posting on CGMs, which I'm considering purchasing. I'm a late-onset Type I, diagnosed age 33, now 58. I use the Medtronic Paradigm 515 but my A1Cs run slightly too high, so need improvement. Feeling quite uncertain about the second site, cost, etc.
Are there further discussions on CGMs? Thanks for your thoughts.
PS Thanks for the link to the article on the infared monitor!

Connie Cahalin
Connie Cahalin 2011-04-19 10:03:54 -0500 Report

I have a CGM and I love it. You can just look at your insulin pump and it tells you exactly what your sugars are doing at the time. It's too expensive to use all the time but it's great when things are going wrong and you don't know why. Worth every penny of what it costs.

GabbyPA 2011-03-31 20:40:57 -0300 Report

That is so neat. Just think, the things we used to do as kids with a flash light might be our new meters. Who knew we were so smart back then? LOL.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-04-01 02:17:32 -0300 Report

The kid in me still plays with the flash light.One night a few years ago at work while I was with a resident who was waiting to go for her dialysis treatment I placed a flashlight against her fingers. I was startled when the familar red glow was yellow.

GabbyPA 2011-04-01 08:05:44 -0300 Report

Wow, that is incredible. I never knew. I wonder if you did it after the dialysis, if it would be red again? My husband's doctor tells him that his cholesterol is so high he is surprised he doesn't bleed white.

jayabee52 2011-03-31 19:11:01 -0300 Report

That's fantastic! I suspected it would be something like the portable Oxcymeter which gets one's O2 readings through the use of the red light on the finger.

I wonder how expensive it will be, and if the ins cos. will adopt or resist it.
I would think that if it's not extremely expensive and it reduces costs for meter supplies, they'd be foolish to resist its use. But then again, the bean-counters at the ins. cos can tend to be pretty anal about some things.

I wonder when it will be available for general use?

I expect Michelle (Blind Blues Momma) will love this news!

jajonesrn 2011-03-31 09:53:05 -0300 Report

How exciting! I just joined this website and am so happy that I found it. I will let all of my diabetic friends know about it.

kimod1013 2011-03-31 02:50:21 -0300 Report

Wow…wouldn't that be great! Sure hope it comes out in my lifetime! Thanks so much for all you do here at DC. It's only my third day but I have gotten so much out of this site!

Mizzgreenjeanz 2011-03-31 02:12:23 -0300 Report

How fantastic! I was just thinking today that there has to be a better way than all these pokes! :) That would be an investment I'd be happy to make!

CatLady34 2011-03-31 00:26:04 -0300 Report

Thanks John.
I sure hope they get something like this out on the market soon. It would sure save the finger tips, etc. Enjoyed reading the article.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-03-30 21:27:35 -0300 Report

Sounds very good indeed. Seems like it should work. After all they use a light frequency to measure your O2 level.

sandysparke 2011-03-30 21:09:59 -0300 Report

Thank you for welcoming me here. Are you the head guy? I can't find how to get back to the diabetic cookbook that I think was downloaded to my computer or maybe it wasn't downloaded to my computer. I dunno. Can u give me some advice on how to find it in here again? Thank you, Sandy Sparke

re1ndeer 2011-03-30 20:31:28 -0300 Report

Very interesting article, don't know how it will be inexpensive, as they will have to make millions of them. As we diabetics can then look forward to never have to draw blood again. This monitor has to run on something, maybe batteries?