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Pain-Free Testing: Closer Than You Think?

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8:08 a.m., pin-prick to forefinger – record glucose level.

10:33a.m., pin-prick to thumb – record glucose level.

And so it goes. And so it has gone for many of us managing day to day with diabetes. But today a technology now exists that promises soon the invasive and hurtful “pin-pricks” may be a thing of the past. With the possibility of future readings in the ear using infrared technology, digital blood glucose readings are being called the “holy grail” of the diabetic industry.

One man in search of this previously elusive fusion between technology and marketing know-how has put his entire reputation and livelihood on the line to pursue this advancement.  His name is Scott Smith of Dallas, Texas.  Smith’s Device is called the Companion and is clipped to the ear.  The glucose reading is produced using infrared light and the expertise came from a former NASA scientist.

Won’t this be expensive?

The answer Smith gives is a clear and simple no in comparison to the average $788 a year a diabetic patient currently spends (D Healthcare Daily). He says his device will last on average two years and cost approximately half of that which sure sounds nice!

When will it be ready?

The short answer: early 2015 if all goes well.  FDA clinical trials would be completed in 2014 if all the funding is raised.  This would mean a MAJOR change in daily life for diabetics that rely on regular testing.  No more “pin-prick living” as it was, and a major cost savings if Smith can stick to his projected pricing.

So, if you can simply “stick” it out for a year and a half with pin-pricked fingers crossed, you may just not have to test with needles anymore.  And I think we’d all really like that quite a bit.

By: DiabeticCare editorial team; Published: 9-26-2013, 11:00 AM

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