A year or so ago when I was diagnosed with diabetes, I was told I could control it with diet and exercise. Since then, Iâ€™ve completely eliminated desserts, walk the dog more often and have dropped 40 pounds.
My sugar levels were a lot better this last time they were checked, but even so, the â€œdiabetes educatorâ€ gave me a finger prick gizmo to keep track of my levels â€“ four times a day!!!!
Somehow, right off the bat, I managed to break the gizmo. Not reading the directions may have been a factor. Not wanting to jam a needle into the tip of my finger (especially after experiencing how bad it hurt when I experimented with stabbing the fatty tissue under my thumb) was probably, at least subconsciously, another.
Years ago, I invested in a company called Biocontrol Technologies, because they had something called a â€œNon-Invasive Glucose Sensorâ€ in the works. With diabetes running so strongly in my family, I hoped maybe, by the time I got it, this company would perfect an alternative to the finger stick. Instead, the company went bankrupt. Sigh.
Now, though, thereâ€™s new hope on the horizon!!
According to Health Day News, two new devices are proving accurate using light to test for sugar levels. One, trade name GlucoLight, focuses a beam of light on diabeticsâ€™ skin. Over four days, the device proved accurate.
Israeli researchers have developed a device called the NBM-100. Using red near-infrared light to measure blood sugar, it, too, proved accurate.
Both devices have been presented to the American Diabetes Association (http://www.diabetes.org/).
Iâ€™m hoping that long before I become insulin dependent (dad controlled his diabetes without finger sticks for almost 20 years), these new, non-invasive gizmos will be on the market for scaredy-cat diabetics like me.