Diabetes is a long term condition that causes high blood sugar levels. It is estimated there are more than 400 million people with diabetes condition in the world.
Doctors ask the diabetes patients to check often their sugar levels. Many patients have to check their sugar level several times a day. The results help the patients and doctors to manage the sugar level.
How do we check the sugar level? There are diabetic test meters available. You prick your finger with a small sharp needle and put a drop of blood on the test strip. Then you put the test strip in the meter and it shows the sugar level.
Putting a needle in your finger is painful.
diabetes people do not check their sugar level because they cannot withstand
the pain – prick your finger with a needle several times a day (for many
people). This results in their not
controlling the sugar level effectively.
Now we have a potential solution for this. There is a company called Freedom Meditech in
USA. They have developed a non-invasive, ophthalmic-based product to detect and
manage diabetes. It is called I-SugarX. The
I-SugarX is a handheld, ocular glucose measurement device that is intended to
provide people with diabetes a convenient, pain-free, and bloodless way to
monitor daily glycemic control. It will monitor changing levels of glucose
in the fluids of the eye.
Freedom Meditech will be applying for FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) approval for this product soon.
Last year, they got FDA approval for another product and it is already in the Market. It is called CLEARPATH DS-120. It is a non-invasive medical device used to detect ocular degradations that may cause blindness, cataract or other chronic disease due to elevated fluorescence in the lens of the eye measured against age related fluorescence.
I think in a few years this I-SugarX will be a welcome device for all those who are in need of checking their sugar level. It is non-invasive and painless. We all can throw away the needles and the strips.