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  1. Scott
    Scott June 19, 2008 at 7:43 am | | Reply

    For what it’s worth, Battelle is the company who also developed Eli Lilly and Company’s fairly new Humapen Memoir, which has a memory of previous dosages with the time and date all contained in a convenient pen dosage device. Whether they’ll be successful remains to be seen, but innovation is always a good thing.

  2. Titos
    Titos June 19, 2008 at 9:24 am | | Reply

    This might be good to avoid fingersticks. But the key to BG management is knowing status all the time as well as trends, direction and speed of change. And the CGMS devices out now (Dexcom, Abbott, Minimed) are excellent in that in spite of some accuracy problems and in spite of being first generation. Knowing how to use them and understanding how to react or in fact pre-act to an indication should be properly trained, because it is perhaps the single most important limiting factor (apart from reimbursement). Combined with ultra-fast acting insulin (biodel, generex etc) they will be the state of the art of BG management over the next couple of years and with these tools it should be possible to consistently achieve A1c’s of 6.5 or less with considerably less hypoglycemic attacks over long periods of time.

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  6. Michelle
    Michelle June 19, 2008 at 2:40 pm | | Reply

    I think (apart from the squeemish issue) that if it can get people to test more often without worry of test strips, then that’s a good thing. I’d test my son 20 times a day to get a better picture if I didn’t have to poke him or spend money on 20 test strips.

    But I just wonder how safe it would be to stick this into your eye 20 times a day, or even 10 times a day. I agree with Titos. The future will be the continuous monitors that show trends. We all know now that it’s not good enough to know that at 4pm my son’s bg was 98. What’s more important is knowing which direction is it heading. Unfortunately, this won’t help. This only solves the problem of sore fingers.

  7. wschaf
    wschaf June 19, 2008 at 6:39 pm | | Reply

    The best things about this device seems to be the fact that it is reusable – no need for strips, but for how long? Will there be any calibration issues? This kind of system could be very valuable in showing trends, just as CBGM. Another problem could be the time that it takes for the aqueous humor to equilibrate with blood glucose. If, for instance, if your blood sugar is rapidly dropping, will the ocular monitor gives a value of 80 while a fingerstick shows 60? The abstract referenced mentioned a lag in the changes in the aqueous humor relative to blood glucose, so the user would have to be educated about the lag and then apply the knowledge. This might be tough if one is going hypoglycemic.

    And, I think you mean 65 million eye exams per year, not 65 thousand.

  8. Lauren
    Lauren June 19, 2008 at 6:45 pm | | Reply

    I’d be interested to know where the statistic “21% of people diagnosed with diabetes already have early retinopathy” comes from. Are we talking about type 2 or type 1? I’d be very surprised if a few months or weeks of high BGs prior to type 1 dx could achieve retinopathy.

    As for the comment above about the Humapen Memoir, I have had plenty of trouble with that device as well as the Humapen Luxura. I’m on my third Luxura in less than a year, the plunger broke on the other two. As for the Memoir, it was so cumbersome I downgraded to the memory-less Luxura. I’m all for diabetes technology, but I don’t intend to try these things until I actually have the time to endlessly calibrate, fiddle with, and troubleshoot them.

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  11. Andy Rozman
    Andy Rozman June 26, 2008 at 4:50 pm | | Reply

    This is interesting invention, but even if they manage to make a working prototype in next few months, I don’t know if this is the future… I would bet it would be CGMs, but not in the way we know them today… Since current sensors have “lag” time (15-30 minutes) and they are very expensive, this must evolve too… I am still vaiting for implantable sensors, that will last for some time. I hope Verichip and DigitalAngel are on track with their project… if yes we could have some prototype of that in 2-3 years. Who comes out with this kind of technology first, will be the winner… It would be great step towards better diabetes control and to making closed circle tehnology, that pump companies are aiming for.

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    Patti Mierzwa July 11, 2008 at 6:55 am | | Reply

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  17. AC
    AC January 18, 2009 at 5:36 am | | Reply

    With the rate at which this technology is advancing, I challenge everyone who reads this message to donate to a good cause in 2009, and get at least 2 others to do the same. Please pass this on.

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