implantable blood sugar reading chip

Jeanette Terry
By Jeanette Terry Latest Reply 2012-10-02 21:16:48 -0500
Started 2012-09-18 23:06:59 -0500

How many of you have heard about this? I just ran across it on pinterest. It isn't even to the trial stages yet, but man this is a cool idea.

technology is great isn't it? If we could just get it geared in the right direction, life with diabetes could be a lot different.

6 replies

draco59 2012-10-02 21:16:48 -0500 Report

As an MLT for about 30 yrs., they have been talking about this since the mid 80's. The problem then was miniaturization and with accuracy… The miniaturization problem has mostly been solved; the long term reliability issue stills need to answer and the various methods of measuring the sugars, also the question of accuracy with the method because not everybody reacts the same way. So some long term testing still need to be done on a variety of people of various age groups, gender, and race. But the strides that have been made in this area are tremendous; I can see them ready for the public by 2020…
A side story popped up while read this article; it was about the use of tattoo ink to monitor BS. With tattoos going main stream with more and more people a sporting them and as the younger generation taking over from the aged baby boomers, there have been more work in this area, even though this area has very limited funding, there are some very dedicated diabetic’s that are professional tattoo art’s ink companies and even MIT are doing some very interesting work in this area. So I can’t wait to see the results of these different methods of monitoring our sugars in the next couple of years…..

Libra1969 2012-10-02 11:05:52 -0500 Report

awesome, too bad that we still have to wait for it to be available to the public, I for one am excited for it.

MoeGig 2012-10-01 18:02:42 -0500 Report

If this is for real, I'm buying it at almost any price. Have had many bad (nearly fatal) experiences with lows, and constant highs kill you the long and painful way.

jaf76 2012-10-01 16:15:06 -0500 Report

I think this is a very good idea. I also liked the nano particle tattoo that I also read about from your post on inhabit. Thank you for the info

Nick1962 2012-09-20 10:17:22 -0500 Report

I ran across this in a technology blog when I was first diagnosed in 2007. I was new to diabetes and really didn’t understand its full potential (or need). Back then it was estimated that it would last 4-6 months, which is kind of handy since most diabetics should see their doctor at that interval anyway. Just 5 years later now I have a “watch” that I wear when exercising that I simply lay down on a pad hooked up to my computer and it downloads my weekly activity to my health and wellness program through my insurance company. As much as I hate some of it, technology is very helpful sometimes.

This specific implant device has the potential of eliminating test strips and meters, and I would think be a godsend for any T1. Managed care would be greatly simplified since your progress could easily be transmitted to your PCP for evaluation prior to an appointment or even while waiting in the waiting room. There is so much potential here.

Having a good degree of control now myself, I could see this as being temporary for some, but for those who are chronically out of control, T1’s, MODY, LADA, and such, I’m sure insurance would pick up some cost if it meant better patient health – a healthy patient is less strain on the system.
Sign me up for trial testing!

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-09-18 23:47:27 -0500 Report

That is so awsome, I would so use it and even volunteer for trial if I lived there. I'm all for anything that makes diabetes care easier. I'll bet it will be expensive, but considering how much strips cost, it would be worth it.

Thanks for the link, I will be looking for it once available.

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