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Re: [IPk] New way to test BG (rumour)

Sounds the biz!
A consultant paediatrician here at a workshop for parents in September
recommended not testing more than three times a day as "it just confuses
I wonder what obstacles those who earn serious bucks from strips might put
in the way? Our house is full of empty one touch ultra strip containers ( am
trying to think of a way of recycling them). A visitor to the door who
presumably has Type 2, commented with great pride that she still had half a
container after a year!!
It does my heart the power of good here to have access to what the team
called "great advances are being made..." at diagnosis. Thanks.
All the best
Mum to Grace 5yrs dx 10.03

----- Original Message -----
From: "Eleanor Joslin" <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: 05 January 2005 17:39
Subject: [IPk] New way to test BG (rumour)

> If you could test your BG without pain, without using up any significant
> material resources or producing any waste, without your doctor telling
> you you were doing it too often and wasting NHS money, and without
> having to wash your hands or do any other preparation, how often would
> you do it?
> A company called Lein Applied Diagnostics is working on a device that
> uses "optical techniques" to measure the glucose content of the aqueous
> humour in the eye.  I work in the Oxford Centre for Innovation, an
> "incubator" for new technology companies (I work for one of said
> companies, not for the centre), and one of their functions is to help
> companies find funding.  Whenever they have a success that gets reported
> somewhere, a newspaper clipping appears on the centre notice board, and
> that's how I know about this company, which is based in Berkshire.
> There's a picture of their prototype meter accompanying the article.  It
> looks like something you might find in an optician's office.  Hopefully
> they will eventually (in a few years, I suppose - no need to get excited
> yet) produce a version comparable in size to our current glucose meters.
>   And then - just think! - once we have one, we'll be able to test as
> often as we like for no extra cost, with no need to carry spare strips
> around or pick up new batches from the pharmacy.  And no pain.  And no
> blood.
> The article talks about how the device will encourage people who don't
> test often enough to do so more often.  But what about us?  We already
> test "often enough".  What will this do to our testing habits?
> If the NHS start prescribing them, will they also start telling us to
> test more often, since it won't cost them anything extra?
> And what's the next step - a non-intrusive CGMS system attached to your
> glasses?
> Incidentally, there's also a company in the Centre that does glycaemic
> index testing, the results being used on food labels.  They're always
> looking for volunteers - as a diabetic, I am disqualified, but a couple
> of my colleagues have volunteered and have been fed strange things for
> breakfast followed by regular BG tests for the next few hours.
> Eleanor
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