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Wednesday, December 03, 2003

New Diabetic Testing Technology Eliminates Blood Draws

This is outstanding news -- a new diabetes meter will be introduced in January which will eliminate the need for finger sticks and test strips, eliminated a major quality-of-life issue for diabetics. My wife, who has been diabetic for 40 years, told me about this a few minutes ago, and I found this incomplete site on the Internet:

The first TRULY Non-invasive Glucose Monitor.

* Pain Free
* Blood Free
* Strip Free

Easy to use, SugarTrac IX3000 is a glucose monitoring system that, with no discomfort and no sensation, uses light waves to measure glucose levels.

A one step process involves using a small, lightweight earpiece attached by a cord to a monitor. When the earpiece is simply placed on the earlobe, and the "TEST" button is pushed, the monitor screen displays the glucose result in 30 seconds or less... without blood or fluid of any kind.



Here's a picture of the meter:

Note that all links on this site are non-functional; the site will be made operational in January. However, the Fall 2003 edition of The Voice of the Diabetic, which my wife gets on tape, has this to say about the new meter:

In FDA Phase III clinicals, the device appeared acceptably accurate: 88 percent of standard (80 percent is required minimum accuracy), and the prototype has held up well in a hospital environment. ... Big news: LifeTrac intends to include speech capability in this meter. A company representative said the speech chip had already been chosen, and would be present in version 2 of the SugarTrac -- which would appear three to six months after the initial production. This machine will talk, they promise.

The speech function is very, very welcome (my wife is blind). Most meter manufacturers don't integrate voice capabilities into their meters; they rely on third-party technology to allow blind diabetics to self-test. This gets pretty expensive for everyone and never works very well. The First Mate's current meter system often has timing problems between the meter and the voice module. Beyond that, the issue of getting the blood properly on the strip will be eliminated by this system, which is another chronic issue for blind diabetics. Also, no more messy used blood strips to get all over the place!

Very exciting! We'll be looking for the meter next month, and we'll get the voice one later on and use the first as the "traveling" meter. (We do the same thing now.) I'll post later on as more news comes in.

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I'm a type two and looking for a tester with no needles or pin pricks

Posted by: Charles Screeton at Oct 10, 2004 12:23:04 PM

thank you for your info on the sugar trac- I have been looking for info on it for awhile now!!!

Posted by: angi at Oct 20, 2004 3:46:09 PM

Any update on the Sugar Trac? I sent them a few e-mails and have not heard back. What is the hold up. I have a 4 year old with diabetes and her fingers are so sore. I can't wait for this to be available. Thanks for all you do.

Posted by: Barbara at Dec 26, 2004 10:50:44 AM

Dear,

Known that company SugarTrac (LifeTrac) uses a technology of Noninvasive monitor of glucose blood on way of complicating an instrument. As a source infrared radiant company uses a laser diode, which it is necessary to change each three months. This enlarges a price of instrument and its use. Certainly, company advantageously to update their own financial facility, getting from this additional profit. Needed this sick diabetes?
Company was offered development without using a laser diode: the whole only infrared LED, but more sensitive photoreceiver, which register weak flows of light. However we did not get nor one answer to our offer.
Yours sincerely

Dr. P.Bobonich
e-mail: bobonich_p@rambler.ru
Post address: PoBox A-3, Uzgorod, Ukraine, 88000

Posted by: Bobonich Peter at Feb 25, 2005 8:54:49 AM

Dear,

Known that company SugarTrac (LifeTrac) uses a technology of Noninvasive monitor of glucose blood on way of complicating an instrument. As a source infrared radiant company uses a laser diode, which it is necessary to change each three months. This enlarges a price of instrument and its use. Certainly, company advantageously to update their own financial facility, getting from this additional profit. Needed this sick diabetes?
Company was offered development without using a laser diode: the whole only infrared LED, but more sensitive photoreceiver, which register weak flows of light. However we did not get nor one answer to our offer.
Yours sincerely
Dr. P. Bobonich

e-mail: bobonich_p@rambler.ru
post address: PoBox A-3, Uzgorod, 88000, Ukraine

Posted by: Bobonich Peter at Feb 25, 2005 8:59:30 AM

All patients on diabetes: I am a developer of noninvasive blood glucose meters in Ukraine. I appeal to those who bought (acquired) firm glucometer SugarTrak. As the company ceased to exist, but released a glucometer, then perhaps someone can send me a glucometer this company. I need it for comparison with data from my meter, glucometer Firms SugarTrak. Help me. I can give some information for diabetics to use my glucometer.
Sincerely, Peter Bobonich.
My address: Dr. Bobonich P.P. PoBox A-3, Post Office, Uzhgorod, 88000, Ukraine
E-mail: bobonich_p@rambler.ru


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