Implanted Blood Glucose Sensor

By azrollin Latest Reply 2010-08-01 18:47:40 -0500
Started 2010-08-01 12:20:05 -0500

Implantable Glucose Sensor Successful in Pigs, Diabetic Humans Next
by Caleb Johnson — Jul 29th 2010 at 5:15PM

Thanks to new research, diabetics could one day have a long-term solution to glucose monitoring. According to Technology Review, researchers implanted glucose sensors in pigs, and have concluded that they worked successfully for two years. Now, David Gough, the bioengineer who founded the company behind the pig experiment, GlySens, is petitioning the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to approve his invention for testing in humans. If approved, this device, which has a diameter of 3 centimeters and is about 1-centimeter thick, could change the lives of diabetics.

There are other implantable glucose-monitoring devices available to diabetics, but each one must be connected via a wire to a processing unit, which has to be carried by the person and replaced every week or so. Gough's model is unique. The sensor, which would be implanted in the chest, measures glucose levels in tissue, and sends the data to a wireless receiver (like a cell phone or compute), thereby eliminating the need to continually test blood sugar. If the human trials are permitted and yield similarly successful results, this sensor could be a long-term solution for diabetes sufferers.

We've seen our diabetic friends prick their fingers enough times to know a small implant would be a major improvement. Also, a device that continuously measures blood-sugar levels and gives accurate readings will allow users to see trends in their health (e.g., spikes in sugar during times of stress). That may mean longer, healthier and happier lives for those that currently invest large amounts of time and energy into insulin management. [From: Technology Review]

3 replies

Elrond 2010-08-01 18:47:40 -0500 Report

Also, this could be another step towards the artificial pancreas. If they can be sure this device is reliable and responds quickly enough to changes in blood glucose, it could be connected directly to an insulin pump. This could virtually free many diabetics. The sensor would measure the glucose in the blood and automatically administer the correct amount of insulin through the pump. The patient would only need to use reasonable care in meal selection along with tending the insulin pump.

GabbyPA 2010-08-01 18:37:03 -0500 Report

This is great news. My husband has a pump that is implanted into his body that delivers medicines directly to his spine. I always wondered when something like that would be available to us. What a great step in the right direction.

monkeymama 2010-08-01 18:16:35 -0500 Report

I am so thrilled to hear about this. It would be nice to have something like this in conjunction to my insulin pump. The finger poking can be a pain and time consuming if you are a VERY BUSY person. I'll have to keep my eyes and ears open in the future for more info on this. Thank you!

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