Monday, December 3, 2007

Under Your Skin

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.

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."
VeriChip Corp. is a subsidiary of Applied Digital Solutions and it traded on NASDAQ: ADSX

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Actually as a healthy and active type 1 diabetic I'd be wary of having an implant until any problems are figured out.

However I've just started using the Minimed contstant glucose system that uses a small insert (a tiny flexible plastic needle) to take your blood sugar every five minutes.

Based on that you have a constant accurate picture of where your blood sugar is going and what insulin is necessary.

It's completely external, but it's very cool and the closest thing TO an implant we have right now. I'd recommend that system over an implant, at least for a healthy adult who has their type 1 diabetes under control.

All the best - james...