diabetes management kit


forget-it' glucose monitoring method that

helps diabetes patients to adjust their

insulin intake in an efficient and hasslefree


Still in development, it is due to come

to market in 2017. Speaking for the

company, Matthew Khoory says, "We

want people to know about what we're

working on, sharing the story of where

we are now in the development of this

product as well as the journey ahead

of us. We're talking to the diabetes

community and asking them about their

needs and preferences. By giving us

their views they help guide us to design

a glucose monitor that people will want to

own and use. We have a few years before

we have a product on the market but we

can't do enough of this."

The GlucoWise product aims to

address the daily pain of blood testing, it

measures blood glucose using a unique

sensor and a nano-film. Says Khoory,

"Our aim is to simply eliminate the need

for finger-prickers and make testing

painless. While still in the R&D (research

and development) phase, it's formidable

technology that works by passing lowpower radio waves through

the body . It's

got the added bonuses of being relatively

affordable, and comfortable - actually


Electromagnetic waves at specific

frequencies can be used to detect blood

glucose, however, our skin acts as a

natural barrier and reflects most of these

waves. Therefore, the challenge with this

technique is having sufficient penetration

of these waves through the body to give a

reliable reading. MediWise's metamaterial

thin-film layer enables increased

penetration to overcome this issue. A

film the thickness of a human hair can be

made up of more than 40 layers - that

is the nature of the metamaterial being

developed for this sensor to be able to

measure glucose levels in the blood.

The metamaterial technology was

initially developed to enable a novel

diagnostic imaging technique, using safe

radio waves instead of ionizing x-rays.

Then, 18 months ago, new miniaturized

technology emerged that could work at

the optimal frequency range for glucose,

this made the potential for the monitor

viable in terms of portability.

Seeing the light

Used in optics, layers of metamaterials

can, for example, be used on glass to

reduce the weight of spectacles or contact

lenses, or even telescopes. If that's a bit

sci-fi, then try this… they can even lead to

'invisibility cloaks'… heard of the Invisible

Man, or Harry Potter's invisibility cloak?

Metamaterials make it possible to bend

light around an object making it seem

that it's not there, so these seemingly

preposterous sci-fi scenarios are in fact

within the realms of probability.

Cnoga* is a non-invasive system from

an Israeli tech company which is already

on the market complete with a CE mark

for use by people with Type 2 diabetes

(it's possibly not accurate enough for

gaining the tight control for T1s). It also

uses light. Your finger goes into a port on

the meter, which then beams light through

the finger, reading the glucose level in the

process. It proves you can use parts of

the electromagnetic system to read the

amount of glucose in the blood.

MediWise uses a vaguely similar

method with a different band of

frequencies to detect glucose in the

bloodstream though the skin between the

finger and thumb.

At the moment, most of the work on

the GlucoWise meter is still going on in the

lab. What is, at present, a big computer

needs to be shrunk down to a portable

size and have two sensors embedded to

beam radiowaves back and forth in order

to get readings through the skin. It is being

specifically designed to work on the skin

between the thumb and the forefinger.

Few areas on the body will do, one other

being the earlobe, as these areas of skin

*Metamaterials: For a fuller insight

as to the wonders of metamaterials,

click here.

**Cnoga Medical has developed a

system based on color image sensor

which is used as 3D-Spectrometer

and Color Distributor. Cnoga Medical

technology is based on regular color

video camera. Using the video signal,

the system calculates from the skin

tissue certain bio parameters such

as glucose levels, pulse, and skin

blood pressure. Read more here.

are thin enough to fit between the two

sensors allowing the light for the sensors

to be able to penetrate through it.

Looking ahead

The next step for GlucoWise is a trail that

is taking place in mid-2015. Although

the test subjects will be non-diabetics,

the point of the trail is to test the usability

of the prototypes as well as to gauge

their accuracy in terms of blood glucose

readings in humans. Says Khoory, "We've

still got quite some way to go, but we're

certainly on to something. It could be the

next revolution that we see in the diabetes

arena, making finger-pricking, lancets and

lancing a thing of the past. It's going to be

worth the wait."

And looking at other blood testing

systems, what seems overwhelming is

that these improvements in kit make not

only living with the condition an awful lot

easier, it means that people test more

and do more with the information gained,

which leads to a direct improvement in

the outcome of the condition in the longterm.

See this review on the JDRF website

of Accu-Chek's all-in-one Mobile blood

testing system: JDRFmobilereview


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