New Device Could Monitor Blood Sugar In The Blink Of An Eye
Monitoring glucose levels is one of the most important and most difficult aspects of care for diabetics. The traditional pin prick method is reliable, but it is also painful and inconvenient so many people with diabetes don't check their blood sugar levels as often as they should.
A new product designed by Google X labs may make checking glucose as easy as blinking your eyes, literally. Google X recently announced the production of a tiny wearable eye device made of soft contact lens material that can safely and accurately measure blood sugar levels. The device is a wireless computer chip that contains a glucose sensor and a hair-like antenna that is put into lens material and worn on the surface of the eye. The lens taps into radio waves in the air and sends data to a smart phone or other device. The device works by measuring glucose levels in the liquids in the eye. Along with this new product designed by Google X, you can take supplements for diabetesthat are designed to help you maintain healthy blood sugar levels.
The hope is that by making glucose checks easier to achieve, diabetics will be more compliant which could help reduce the incidence of complications created by undetected spikes in blood sugar levels. Google researchers say that their device is still in the early stages of development and that more studies will be needed to confirm the precise connection between tears and blood glucose. It will also be important to understand how environmental factors, such as heat and wind, affect tears.
The prospect of an easier, painless method for checking glucose levels has great appeal for the 23.6 million people in the United States who have diabetes. More than 1.6 million new cases are diagnosed each year. There are also several million people who suffer from a condition called "prediabetes" who have higher-than-normal blood sugar levels that increase their chances of developing the disease.
Diabetes is a chronic condition in which blood glucose (sugar) levels become too high either because your body does not produce enough insulin or because it cannot use insulin properly. There are two types of diabetes. Type 1, which usually develops before the age of 40, occurs when the body's immune system attacks and destroys the cells that produce insulin. Type 2 (sometimes referred to as adult-onset diabetes) occurs when the body does not produce enough insulin or does not use insulin properly.
Type 2 diabetes typically starts in adulthood and is far more common than Type 1. In fact, more than 90% of those diagnosed with the disease have Type 2 diabetes.
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, a healthy lifestyle is crucial. Regular exercise, a proper diet, adequate rest and frequent monitoring make all the difference. While Google's proposed new device offers hope for a more convenient method of glucose testing, it could be some time before the technology is widely available. In the meantime, diabetics must continue using conventional monitoring methods so that they can deal with imbalances before they become serious health problems.?