BodyMedia, the parent company of SenseWear, specializes in devices that monitor the body and provides information about the health and behavior of the person wearing the device. Their devices help patients take a more proactive approach to preventing the onset of health issues like obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and more by tracking a person's calorie burn, nutrition, sleep, weight, and a host of other health and lifestyle parameters.
Meters & Monitors
DiagnOptics is the inventor of a diagnostic device that can non-invasively diagnose one form of damage caused by high glucose levels and relate this to the risk of diabetes and its complications. Headquarted in the Netherlands. Dr. Andries J. Smit and his co-workers found increased autofluorescence of the skin in many diabetes patients when they were performing fluorescein capillary leakage studies in diabetes.
A few years ago, when real-time continuous glucose monitors (CGMs) were introduced, my opinion was less than enthusiastic. I kept going back to the issue of accuracy. If blood glucose meters are within 15% of lab values, and CGMs are within about 15% of the meters, how useful could they possibly be? In my personal experience, I have seen plenty of CGM inaccuracies. And a day does not go by without a call or e-mail from a concerned client doubting the usefulness of their CGM system.
The following links explore new methods in non-invasive, semi-invasive, and subcutaneous, measuring of blood glucose. We will examine the research behind these new technologies, how each new technique works, FDA status, and the companies involved with the funding of each project.
A continuous glucose monitor, also called CGMs, reveals short-term trends in the blood sugar as they happen. You can see the direction your blood sugar is taking in the last 1, 3, 6, 9, 12, or 24 hours, depending on what times the monitor offers. Various companies have already released continuous monitors, with more companies developing theirs every day.
A continuous glucose monitor reveals short-term trends in the blood sugar as they happen. The monitor reads out a constant stream of glucose data every 1 to 5 minutes. You can see the direction your blood sugar is taking in the last 1, 3, 6, 9, 12, or 24 hours, depending on what times your specific monitor offers. This gives 288 to 1440 readings a day compared to the 4 to 8 fingerstick readings you rely on with a meter.
Improving Today's Meters: