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Re: [IPk] Re: glucowatch



Hi I am looking in to getting a watch and I was in contact with the company
Glucowatch and they told me if I continue to do the normal bg test for the
first week this will tell me how the watch is doing and give me an idea on
the watches progress
----- Original Message -----
From: Nanette Chana Freedman <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: Thursday, June 28, 2001 9:17 PM
Subject: [IPk] Re: glucowatch


> have just started reading my emails again after a week away at a
> conference in Toronto.
>
> I am very curious about the glucowatch.
> As an arch-sceptic who took part in a little trial which showed the
> less than perfect blood-glucose monitoring of the continuous glucose
> monitor (John Neale asked me to write this up for the IP web page, but
> pressure of work has prevented me from doing so so far), I can't help
> asking at least, what is known about the accuracy (or otherwise) of the
> glucowatch?  do all its low measurements correspond to real hypos?
> does it have any calibration problems?  is it generally accurate for
> high and low end readings as well as those in the middle of the blood
> glucose range?  are there reports of people walking around with two
> glucowatches checking that they agree with one another over an extended
> period?
> I am not looking to criticize, and I will be delighted to hear that all
> the answers to these questions are yes, but I just think that we need
> to be very wary about new equipment.
>
> Incidentally one paper presented at the conference (by a good friend
> with whom I talked about it afterwards) was entitled "PET imaging of
> serotonin-IA receptors in Type 2 diabetes: evidence of increased
> binding" - this research was prompted by the fact that people with
> diabetes (type 1 or 2 - not clear that the fact that the subjects in
> this study were type 2 was significant) have a higher rate of
> depression than the general population - serotonin system is involved
> in the pathophysiology of depression.  The subjects in the study were
> 'healthy' (no known diabetes complications, no clinical depression.
> Findings suggested that the hippocampus may be vulnerable to
> diabetes-induced changes that could translate into a vulnerability to
> depression - it is really just preliminary research - interesting
> though hardly cheering news, but not verified at this point.
>
> Nanette
>
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