sugarBEAT continuous glucose monitoring from Nemaura Medical for Type 2 diabetes

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THE POINT OF THE POINT

Sue Marshall chats with Nemaura Medical's Chris

Avery about reporting blood glucose levels and HbA1c.

I

was five when I was diagnosed

with Type 1 diabetes but didn't

get a take-home blood test

meter until I was 17 years old.

Prior to that, there had been

trips to hospital to get blood drawn, once

before breakfast, once before lunch, then

once before teatime. Later, there was the

(relatively) fun chemistry set that involved

plopping tablets into a test tube with

some of your urine and it fizzed up and

changed colour. You'd compare that to a

chart to see if it went blue it was good, it

meant you were low. Looking back, I hate

to think HOW low, these were rough old

tools, if there was no glucose at all, isn't

that a hypo? Or it could go as far as dark

orange which was bad, this meant you

were high.

It got a lot posher with Diastix, a strip

that you'd pee on and the tip changed

colour; the chart had a wider colour range.

Then one day my dad turned up from a

business trip to the US with a blood test

monitor. It was the size of a brick, was

kept in the sock drawer, and took about

five minutes to count down and give you

a reading. Of course, it also meant fingerpricking and all that involved.

After that, there were relatively slow

changes but vast improvements in size,

ability and design of blood glucose meters.

Oh, the utter joy of a colour screen! Of

adjustable lancing depths! Of meters with

memories! That could be downloaded!

That could advise you on dosing!

Don't ask me how many blood tests

I've done. Rough calculation - a lot. Five

a day for a few decades before going on

a sensor. Even so, sometimes it's quite

nice to look back at how things evolved

and improved. I caught up with Chris

Avery, who's spent all of his career in

healthcare and in particular diabetes care,

specifically developing, distributing and

educating about blood test meters - now

called blood glucose monitors, or BGMs.

Another frequently used term is SMBG -

self-monitoring of blood glucose, i.e. what

those of us with diabetes do.

We reminisced about the way things

have moved on, and shared tales of our

experiences along the way, I used the

meters and he promoted them. A topic

cropped up about why we measure blood

glucose the way we do. Why to one

decimal point? Why not a round figure, or

a more detailed one?

Avery, now with Nemaura Medical

which is soon to launch the sugarBEAT

sensor for people with Type 2 diabetes,

said, "Looking back at history and

considering what was available in the

1970/80s, we still had test strips which

could be visually read with colour charts

and also used in reflectance meters.

The colour chart continued to provide a

double check that the meter was reading

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