GlucoDay and the “Semi-Invasive” Dream

Who’s ever heard of the GlucoDay® S semi-invasive continuous glucose monitor?

I didn’t think so. I picked up a hint from a medblogger’s footnote. Then I found it described over at DiabetesMall, although the link to the product on the manufacturer’s site doesn’t seem to be working.

Glucoday That manufacturer would be A.Menarini Diagnostics, Italy’s largest pharmaceutical R&D company, which released the GlucoDay across Europe a year ago (or two? — I’ve had no luck getting hold of them despite attempted introductions). The GlucoDay is apparently the first system in the world based on a “microdialysis” technique to obtain the CE marking for the Medical Device Directive, required to market any product in the European Union. But don’t get too excited; I read the fine print, and it’s only designated for clinical use, “worn by the subject for a 48-hour period.”

So why am I bringing this up? Well, I happen to love innovation, and like Kerri, I’m finding the Guardian MiniLink sensor to be rather uncomfortable. Meanwhile, I didn’t like using the DexCom much at all. I’m feeling ready for something less invasive. So these guys had me at semi-invasive. But what the heck does that mean?

Apparently the only thing going in your body with the GlucoDay is a “microfiber” inserted under the skin, as part of a small “biosensor.”

The description is a bit cryptic, but it appears to be a two-part wireless system where the controller unit is sort of Walkman-sized. Granted, in this day of micro-devices that’s not too exciting, but maybe that’s the current trade-off for less invasive. I love the data I was get from the Guardian. But I don’t love that long cannula and the mobility of the sensor that often makes your skin sore.

So I’m thinking, maybe we’ve all been too ambitious expecting a jump straight from needles & cannulas to the non-invasive dream. Maybe there’s a step in between — something semi-invasive that will help us with the comfort imperative. Then again, the data on that last link is at least two years old. And then I found this neat overview which is, oh… just about 10 YEARS OLD.



One Response

  1. Tony Day
    Tony Day April 18, 2008 at 3:59 pm | | Reply

    i am 47 years old and still not sure weather i have diabetes, keep putting off going to the doctors as not sure if i want to know, i know if it is its type 2 diabetes as of the slow onset of problems over the last few years!

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