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Nymphaea
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Bloodless Glucose Meter

The company Grove Instruments claims to have developed a noninvasive glucometer, that uses optics instead of blood. Their web site is very convincing. (See http://www.groveinstruments.com/about.html, also http://www.groveinstruments.com/grovetechnology.html)

 

Does anyone know about this? Is it for real? I'm afraid that if it is, the companies that sell glucose meters cheap or give them away in order to clean up on expensive test strips and lancets will do their best to put them out of business.

 

Harriett

 

 

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Re: Bloodless Glucose Meter

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Nymphaea wrote:

The company Grove Instruments claims to have developed a noninvasive glucometer, that uses optics instead of blood. Their web site is very convincing. (See http://www.groveinstruments.com/about.html, also http://www.groveinstruments.com/grovetechnology.html)

 

Does anyone know about this? Is it for real? I'm afraid that if it is, the companies that sell glucose meters cheap or give them away in order to clean up on expensive test strips and lancets will do their best to put them out of business.

 

Harriett

 

 



I think it's real enough, in the sense that it is a promising kind of technology, and somebody, somewhere along the way will produce a meter that uses light to gauge blood sugar levels.  I don't know anywhere near enough to predict if it will be this company or not.  It's still in development, and even after it seems a sure thing, it has to pass through the whole complicated process of FDA approval.

 

I had a little trouble with getting the links you provided to work until I noticed that some punctuation accidentally got incorporated into the URLs where it shouldn't have.  Instead of http://www.groveinstruments.com/about.html, and http://www.groveinstruments.com/grovetechnology.html) they should be http://www.groveinstruments.com/about.html and http://www.groveinstruments.com/grovetechnology.html without the period and parenthesis tacked on at the end.

 

While I was figuring that out, I ran into this article about another company working on a similar device: http://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/health-med-fit/fitness/developing-new-glucose-test-is-high-stakes...   The article is more than a year old, and I didn't look to see how this other company is doing now, but I think eventually somebody will figure it out, and bring it to market.  Maybe one of the current test strip manufacturers will buy them out and market the device themselves, but I do think it will be available eventually.  I hope that when that day comes, it will be more reliable than current meters :smileyhappy:


"Molly" (aka mollythed)
Type 2 diabetes diagnosed in 1995, now managed with Lantus, Humalog and Metformin; diet and exercise.
My husband and three adult sons also have type 2 diabetes.





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Nymphaea
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Re: Bloodless Glucose Meter

Thanks for the link, Molly. The article was very informative, but also frustrating. If a device like this would enable diabetics to better control their blood sugar, thus lowering the nation's health care costs, its development would definitely be in the national interest. Why not launch a "Manhattan Project" (like the collaboration that developed the atom bomb during World War II) to get the job done?

 

Oh, well, just dreamin'. I suppose war is sexier than health.

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jtausch
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Re: Bloodless Glucose Meter

Wonder how much it would cost?  The price maybe to high  but the saving of buying strips could out weigh the price.

Jeff from OKC OK

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