Diabetes is one of the most common disorders in the world, with over 100 million cases diagnosed worldwide. And while recent technological advances have made treating it easier than before, it remains far from a walk in the park. People living with diabetes have to make about 180 decisions about food intake, insulin, sleep, and physical activity each day to keep their blood sugar levels in check. And in the severest of cases, a seemingly harmless slip-up — like skipping lunch or having an extra cup of coffee — can cause hypoglycemia, a dangerous dip in blood sugar that can lead to fainting — or death. To ease the stress somewhat, IBM and medical device company Medtronic have teamed up to develop IQcast, a predictive tool built into Metronics’ Sugar.IQ app for diabetic patients who require multiple daily injections. By applying machine learning algorithms to readings from Medtronics’ Guardian Connect continuous glucose monitoring system, IQcast … [Read more...] about IBM and Medtronics’ IQCast AI helps diabetics forecast blood sugar dips
From diagnostic fingernail sensors to the use of its Watson platform to help invent new drugs, IBM has impressively positioned itself at the forefront of medical tech. Today, January 3, it announced the latest project in this field: a new mobile app feature that’s designed to work as an early warning sign for diabetics about the perils of “going low” on their blood sugar levels. To the uninitiated, keeping these blood sugar levels in check sounds easy: Simply avoid eating food with too much sugar and you’re good to go. However, the reality is that things are more complicated than that. A person living with type 1 diabetes has to make upwards of 180 decisions every single day, all of which can affect their well being. These can range from how long to sleep or exercise to when that person should have a cup of coffee. It’s an enormous amount of data to juggle — and, should consistent wrong decisions be made, the result can be weakness, fainting and, … [Read more...] about IBM’s new A.I. warns diabetes patients of dangerous blood sugar levels
SK Telecom has launched a blood glucose meter connected to its Internet of Things (IoT) network aimed at diabetes patients. Caresens N IoT, designed by medical device maker i-sens, is connected to the telecommunications carrier's LTE Cat M1 IoT network. It will send the blood glucose level of patients wherever they are to families and hospitals. South Korea has 5 million diabetes patients, SK Telecom said, and care is vital for the incurable condition. The meter will cost 99,000 won, and have a monthly fee of 1,100 won. SK Telecom has launched a slew of services that utilises its national IoT network. Last month, the company launched a rental car management service that uses the LTE Cat M1 network. In July, it launched a lipstick-shaped IoT device that alerts the police, families, and friends in emergencies. In healthcare, the company is developing artificial intelligence (AI) tech for genome analysis.Related Coverage SK Telecom syncs Samsung, Ericsson, … [Read more...] about SK Telecom launches IoT-enabled blood sugar meter
Keith Roach To Your Health Published 9:41 p.m. UTC Jun 24, 2018 Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 71-year-old Type 2 diabetic woman, but I find the glucose monitoring systems requiring blood samples so painful to use that I don’t test. At present, I get along by taking a 500-mg metformin tablet three times a day and having bloodwork done about twice a year. My last fasting glucose test result (1/19/18) was 134 mg/dL, and my HbA1c was 6.9 percent. Should I consider a continuous glucose monitor? I am overweight, so that is a factor I am working on. C.P. Dear C.P.: A continuous glucose monitor checks and electronically records many blood sugar readings, as often as every five minutes, which can sometimes be read by the user in real time or can be downloaded by the clinician at the end of two weeks (at which point, another unit is placed). The units themselves look like large buttons and contain a very thin needle with a sensor that measures the blood sugar. CGM systems are used most … [Read more...] about Doc: Continuous glucose monitor tracks blood sugar
Blood sugar, or glucose, is the main sugar found in blood. The body gets glucose from the food we eat. This sugar is an important source of energy and provides nutrients to the body's organs, muscles and nervous system. The absorption, storage and production of glucose is regulated constantly by complex processes involving the small intestine, liver and pancreas. Glucose enters the bloodstream after a person has eaten carbohydrates. The endocrine system helps keep the bloodstream's glucose levels in check using the pancreas. This organ produces the hormone insulin, releasing it after a person consumes protein or carbohydrates. The insulin sends excess glucose in the liver as glycogen. The pancreas also produces a hormone called glucagon, which does the opposite of insulin, raising blood sugar levels when needed. According to the Johns Hopkins University Sol Goldman Pancreatic Cancer Research Center, the two hormones work together to keep glucose balanced. When the body needs … [Read more...] about What Is Blood Sugar?