As we are well aware, Diabetics, Type 1 and 2, require a Blood Glucose (BG) reading several times daily, usually before meals, before bedtime and any time the individual is feeling "low" or "high".
This is done with a relatively quick and almost painless prick to the finger and a drop of blood, which is applied to the glucose meter and (in our case) transmitted to the insulin pump.
Here is an exciting development from VeriChip that could eliminate yet another of the daily chores associated with close management of Diabetes.
...plans to build a prototype self-contained implantable bio-sensing device included in an RFID microchip (the “Microchip”) that for the first time will have the ability to measure glucose levels in the human body.
Millions of patients with diabetes utilize needle sticks to monitor levels of glucose on a daily basis. Through the Microchip, patients are expected to be able to track glucose levels without the constant invasive and painful effect of a needle.
Prior to the event, the Company will issue a “white paper” describing the features, benefits and technology underlying the development of its revolutionary self-contained implantable glucose-sensing device.
The described glucose-sensing RFID chip would allow for quick, painless and purportedly more accurate glucose concentration readings for diabetics who have the chip implanted.
HT Diabetes Mine:
The company has "a 20-plus-year track record in RFID systems for health care, with over 1000 infant protection systems installed and thousands more of the wander prevention systems."
Certainly there are naysayers about the core technology. See one outspoken protest site HERE. More neutral observers note that RFID technology "is either the most amazing thing to grace healthcare in decades or a civil liberties nightmare waiting to explode."