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Re: [IP] Glucowatch - My Feelings

----- Original Message -----
From: "Brian Mozisek" <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: Monday, March 26, 2001 7:00 PM
Subject: [IP] Glucowatch - My Feelings

> WARNING: Below is my feelings on the glucowatch. It is negative in
> towards the glucowatch.  While I believe that the glucowatch is a
step in
> the right direction, I don't believe it deserves all of the glowing
praise I
> have seen in the media and in this news group. It is intended to
vent some
> frustration that I have and is not intended to insult anyone.
> YMMV.  This is just my feelings that I needed to get out.  This
> intended to be a flame and please don't flame me for my opinions.
> While I am just like everyone else and want an easier to test my
> then multiple fingerpricks each day, I don't think the glucowatch is
the way
> for ME to go.
> First of all,  I can't stand wearing a small watch on my wrist, The
size of
> the glucowatch is just too big for me to wear continuously.
> Second, The three hour warm up period is a joke.  Reading the FDA
> release, the glucowatch must warm up for three hours whenever you
> the sensor. At the end of the warm up period, you calibrate it by
> your current blood sugar obtained through a finger stick.  The
> will then record glucose values every 20 minutes for the next 12
hours.  So
> if I plan on going to sleep a 10:00pm I must remember to put the
sensor in
> at 7:00pm.  Then in order to maximize the cost-effectiveness, I will
wear it
> until 10:00am the next morning.  At which time I will replace the
> and it will be ready at 1:00pm and will last until 1:00am.  So it is
> cost effective to wear it continuously.  It would be great to wear
> overnight to catch hypo's in the sleep, but not really at other
> Third, The FDA news release stated that mild to moderate skin
> occurs in at least 50% of the patients in the clinical test.  I, for
> would rather deal with the instantaneous fingerprick irritation
versus a
> continuous skin irritation caused by the glucowatch.
> Fourth,  The FDA news release stated that the glucowatch differed by
30% in
> 25% of the test that were taken. And the glucowatch won't work at
all if the
> arm is too sweaty.  It also states that insulin dosages (read
> should not be done on the results of glucowatch only.  In short, it
is not
> designed to replace finger pricks only to supplement them. Say you
> glucowatch says that you BG is 150. but it is off by 30%  and your
BG is
> really 105.   I would normally give my self one-unit of insulin to
bring my
> BG down to 100.  But if it was really 105, it would drop to about
50.  That
> would not be good.   This backs up the reason why the FDA is saying
> that the glucowatch is not intended to replace fingersticks.
> I see the glucowatch as ideal for situations where someone suffers
> hypoglycemic unawareness, but I don't think the glucowatch is fit
> everyday wear.
> As I stated at the start of this email,  I didn't intend to insult
> I just needed to vent my feelings on a device that in my opinion is
not all
> that it is cracked up to be.   Sometimes someone has to write about
> negative aspects about a popular product.  I believe that all
viewpoints on
> a product need to be looked at.   If I did insult you, than I am
sorry.  And
> as always YMMV.
> Brian Mozisek
> (cringes while waiting for the flames to start)
YEAH Brian
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