The glucometer traces its origin to 1965, when the Ames Company marketed paper strips called Dextrostix—an invention of Ernie Adams—to physicians. To use Dextrostix, your applied a drop of blood to the paper strip and waited for one minute before washing it off. The color the blood leaves behind is then measured against a color chart, which ultimately gives the person an approximation of the level of glucose in the blood. However, Dextrostix usability was limited in that blood glucose levels were often interpreted as either of two extremes: very high or very low. Moreover, they were not particularly designed for patients; it was for doctors to use in their medical practices.
In the mid-1970s, Boehringer Mannheim produced the LifeScan bG, turning bG into standard medical shorthand for blood glucose. Ames released its Glucometer in 1975, making glucometer a generic term for blood glucose meters.
In 1979, the Dextrometer, also from Ames, became the first meter available without a prescription.
From '65 to '79: 15 years. I had one of those, went on MD I (multiple daily injections) switched to 1st pump in June '81!
really need to do a history of inventions and when became standard of care to see how fast things moving…
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