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[IP] Glucose test without the finger-prick

Well, this might be just the thing, if it works.  Here is some more
information on how it works.  It measures glucose in the interstitial
fluid, NOT in the blood, so it might lag the changes in BG.  And for some
reason they say it  is not for kids.

                        The GlucoWatch monitor is a wrist-worn device
intended to provide frequent,
                        automatic and non-invasive monitoring of glucose
levels. The device is intended for
                        home and clinical use in adults (age 18 and older)
with diabetes. The monitor
                        provides up to three glucose readings per hour for
12 hours (36 total readings) after
                        a single point calibration with the results from a
traditional finger-stick meter.
                        GlucoWatch monitor readings can be obtained even
when patients would otherwise
                        be unable to test (e.g., during sleep). In
addition, the device is expected to offer the
                        capability of sounding an alert if glucose levels
get too high or too low. The
                        GlucoWatch monitor will store the most recent 4,000
glucose readings.

                        The GlucoWatch monitor works through a process
called reverse ionophoresis.
                        This process allows the monitor to collect glucose
samples through intact skin. The
                        glucose molecules are collected in gel collection
discs that are part of a single-use
                        AutoSensor. The gel collection discs contain the
enzyme glucose oxidase. As
                        glucose enters the discs, it reacts with the
glucose oxidase in the gel to form
                        hydrogen peroxide. A biosensor in contact with each
gel collection disc detects the
                        hydrogen peroxide, generating an electronic signal.
The monitor uses the calibration
                        value previously entered by the patient to convert
the signal into a glucose
                        measurement. The glucose measurement is then
displayed on the monitor and stored
                        in memory.

   <<<<<  http://www.msnbc.com/news/282477.asp#BODY

     June 21 - A watch-like device that allows diabetics to painlessly
     check their blood sugar levels works as well as finger-prick blood
     tests done at home, according to a new study. <<<<<<<<<<
    <<<<<<<<<The device, powered by a small AAA battery, is expected to
sell for
                               about $300, or three times as much as
standard monitors. The sensors
                                which are changed everyday cost about $4,
or twice as much as test strips
                                used in traditional monitors.<<<<<<<<<

Seems a whole lot cheaper than test strips to me.  36 readings in 12 h at
$4 per strip is $.11 per test, as opposed to my current $.70 per test.

* Wayne *

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