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?
Apple is secretly working on a breakthrough for diabetes patients—something Steve Jobs originally set out to do.According to CNBC, Apple has hired a small team of biomedical engineers to develop sensors that can continuously monitor blood sugar levels without breaking the skin. If Apple’s team is successful, such technology would be implemented in future models of the Apple Watch.Furthermore, the report claims that Apple has been secretly working on this initiative for at least five years. The company is currently conducting feasibility trials in clinics near Cupertino. Apple has also reportedly been in conversations with consultants to figure out “regulatory pathways.”The technology involves optical sensors that can shine a light through the skin to measure glucose, according to one of CNBC’s unnamed sources. As per usual, Apple declined to comment.Before his death, Steve Jobs envisioned this type of optical sensors in wearable technology that could … [Read more...] about Future Apple Watch could help treat diabetes with sensors that monitor blood sugar levels
According to a trio of sources, Apple has a secret team working on a project that was actually an initiative started by the late Steve Jobs. Is it an amazing new smartphone design? A VR or AR device? Some technology that we can't even fathom? No. Actually, it is a project to develop sensors that would allow diabetics to continuously and non-invasively monitor their blood sugars, which would allow them to have better control of the disease.Currently, diabetics use a glucometer to test their blood sugar level. The machines are sold using the ol' razor and blades method. The machines are relatively cheap and some are given away. But each time a test is performed, it requires the insertion of a very expensive test strip that must be discarded after each use.Developing a way to track blood sugars without having to draw a small amount of blood has been the goal of many pharmaceutical firms. Apple has been working on the project since 2010. Jobs had a plan to sell a smartwatch that would … [Read more...] about Apple has a secret team working on a non-invasive way to monitor a diabetic’s blood sugar