Bloodless glucose monitoring could be the future, and if so – it’s a game changer.
Daily skin pricks are routine for a person with diabetes. My sister, a Type 1 diabetic since childhood, undoubtedly has done this tens of thousands of times. Newer technology led her to an insulin pump with continuous readings. Although calibration still requires two finger sticks daily, it’s an improvement from 4-8 times a day.
Rumor has it that Apple has been working on a continuous and non-invasive glucose monitoring device.
(April 12th, 2017), a CNBC article discusses Apple’s secret intentions:
“They are part of a super secret initiative, initially envisioned by the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, to develop sensors that can noninvasively and continuously monitor blood sugar levels to better treat diabetes, according to three people familiar with the matter. Such a breakthrough would be a “holy grail” for life sciences. Many life sciences companies have tried and failed, as it’s highly challenging to track glucose levels accurately without piercing the skin.”
Imagine if the rumors are true.
The relationship between diabetes and cardiovascular disease is clear. Having diabetes means you’re more likely to develop heart disease and other secondary conditions. When diabetes is controlled, the risk of developing those complications lessens. Until there’s a cure, this device could potentially impact so many lives – including my sister’s.