This revolutionary new technology has been proven to be 96.8% accurate in testing glucose levels in the clinical studies performed, as of this writing. There is still more tests to be conducted, and then government authorization requirement needs to be achieved before you will see this product available to the public.
The implantable glucose sensor has been designed to measure interstitial glucose levels every two minutes. During clinical studies, the device was implanted in a volunteer’s wrist, but the design should be able to accommodate implant sites to include the upper arm and the abdomen area.
The implant is inserted by a trained professional health care provider via a small incision after a local anesthetic is administered, and should last between 6 and 12 hours before it needs to be replaced.
The main purpose of the senor is to monitor glucose levels by the ISF (Interstitial Fluid), instead of the blood. In studies conducted thus far, the numbers match.
The entire glucose measurement process is to be performed automatically, every few minutes, without any prompting or reminder from the user. Results are also automatically sent to the “transmitter”.
The transmitter is designed to work with the Sensor and the Application. The transmitter receives the glucose information from the Sensor, and then the glucose recorded history is then transferred to a smartphone or uploaded to a personal computer.
It is forecasted that this new technology by Senseonics will be reliable in accuracy and stability.
A constant observation of glucose can help a diabetic patient monitor how levels may change with certain foods, daily exercise, insulin and other contributing factors.
The benefits of an implantable glucose sensor include, but are not limited to:
- No battery necessary.
- Accurate monitoring of glucose levels.
- Long time implantation.
- No physical interaction with the implanted device.
- Able to detect any abnormality in glucose levels early.
- The implantable glucose sensor is also a prime component with the ongoing research for the artificial pancreas.
Another great advantage is that glucose levels are checked/monitored while sleeping. An alarm may be connected to some devices to alert the patient to take immediate corrective action(s), even before they begin to feel symptoms of a drop or rise in blood sugar.
Diabetes is a medical condition that affects over 370 million individuals worldwide. Closely monitoring the levels of glucose is a very important aspect of managing this disease, and avoiding some potentially life threatening complications.