I promise I heard it referred to in an advertisement on television, but I’ve searched for it for days…Here is where my search took me. I had hoped to purchase one for my husband.
One of the things a diabetic dreads is their constant need for finger pricks but Echo Therapeutics designed the Symphony System which is designed to monitor blood sugar without a prick and without drawing blood. It is designed to read glucose levels through the skin and transmit the information wirelessly to a computer or hand meter. FDA approval is/was being sought.
There is a short article written May 13, 2007 by Kendra James, RN. It gives us just four short paragraphs about this prick-less wonder. In James’ article we are informed that the device which is about the size of a cell phone uses infrared beams which penetrate the skin to read the blood sugar levels. Within 10 seconds glucose levels are reads and displayed on the instrument. – blisstree.com
Careful diet, exercise, medication, a doctor’s care and monitoring are needed to keep diabetes under control. Prick-less monitoring could mean a lot to those who have to test once, twice or more daily, but so far the testing is not complete and the funding low. – Tech.mit.edu
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Testing is one of the most important tools a diabetic has.
Testing is one of the most important things a diabetic does to feel their best and to prevent long-term complications to their health. Your doctor will work with you and advise you when and how often to test. Blood sugar levels may vary and are dependent upon many factors.
Much research has been done on diabetes.
Todd Wallack in the March 14, 2008 edition of the Boston Globe; Franklin Company’s Bloodless Glucose Monitor Passes Test lists other strategies which were tested and scrapped:
· In 2001 Cygnus gained FDA approval to market a blood-sugar meter worn similarly to a watch. Not only did it prove to be inaccurate but also irritated the skin of some of the wearers.
· An inhalable form of insulin marketed by Pfizer and Eli Lilly & Co.
· A glucose sensor placed directly under the skin to allow the patient to monitor glucose levels. It worked for up to a week and then had to be replaced.
This monitor, pictured above, is the size of a half dollar..
Some facts about diabetes as listed at Diabetes.org:
· There are approximately 5.7 million people with diabetes which have not yet been diagnosed
· There are approximately 57 million people with pre-diabetes
· 1.6 million new cases are diagnosed yearly in those 20 or older
· Diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death listed on U.S. death certificates in 2006
· Diabetes increases risks resulting in high blood pressure, stroke, blindness, kidney disease, amputation, and neuropathy
· Diabetes costs Americans $174 billion in 2007
In 2008 Echo Therapeutics, Inc. tested their prick-less glucose meter in the intensive care unit at Tufts Medical Center in Boston using about two dozen patients… and there the story ends…
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