The Friday Six: Eyeballs, You Balls, We All Balls for Eyeballs!
Last night, my computer started to twitch because there were so many people sharing the link about Google developing a contact lens that monitors blood sugar levels through tears. Yep.
“We’re now testing a smart contact lens that’s built to measure glucose levels in tears using a tiny wireless chip and miniaturized glucose sensor that are embedded between two layers of soft contact lens material. We’re testing prototypes that can generate a reading once per second. We’re also investigating the potential for this to serve as an early warning for the wearer, so we’re exploring integrating tiny LED lights that could light up to indicate that glucose levels have crossed above or below certain thresholds. It’s still early days for this technology, but we’ve completed multiple clinical research studies which are helping to refine our prototype. We hope this could someday lead to a new way for people with diabetes to manage their disease.” – From the Official Google blog.
I find this pretty mind-blowing, all the teeny-tiny tech, but at the same time (and after reading Amy’s write up at Diabetes Mine and a New Now Next from diaTribe), it doesn’t sound like something that can be used to make treatment decisions… yet. A PDF linked from the Diabetes Mine post included a lot of the technical specs, if you want detailed information. However, “don’t use your CGM to make treatment decisions” is still written in CGM user manuals, but I know plenty of people who have been protected, on either side of the blood sugar spectrum, by their continuous glucose monitor, so … onward in our eyeballs!
Essentially, I’m leading off this week’s Friday Six with the Google Smart Contact because, even knowing that my cornea will probably tear after a day’s worth of wear, non-invasive glucose readings would be the shit.
And now for more links:
“I don’t resolve to make foolish decisions (“I resolve to avoid seatbelts! And to hug a grizzly bear, at least once a week!”), so most of my goals involve weight management, food philosophies, or exercise achievements. Even when I’m not making diabetes-specific resolutions, they all seem to benefit my diabetes care in some way.” Talking about New Year’s Resolutions, or lack thereof, at A Sweet Life.
Sending big “get well, soon” vibes to Wil at Life After DX.
“It ends with us. All of us. Not just advocates, but everyone who is passionate about ending. That includes Big Pharma and device manufacturers and government. Us. There is no longer a “them”. Christel cuts to the core of community and advocacy.
There’s a CGM/pregnancy study taking place in Canada, and is currently recruiting participants. “The primary objective of the study is to determine if RT CGM (Real Time-Continuous Glucose Monitoring) can improve glycemic control in women with T1D who are pregnant or planning pregnancy without substantially increasing the rate of hypoglycemia.” Check out more details here.
Shannon is saving all her test strips from 2014. I wonder how that jar will smell in November?
“The FDA’s just-released draft social media guidance has been more than four years in the making but finally looks to offer industry some substantial direction on its use of digital media.” Read more from PMLive, and check out the full draft guidance here.
There have been lots of great recaps of the Medtronic forum, starting with Kim’s detailed write-up at Texting My Pancreas.
In this list of five things to tackle in efforts to lower your A1C, it’s item No. 1 that resonates most for me. That’s what did it for me.
“I’m not angry or proud or much of anything. It just is what it is . . . . . . just another day in my life as I trek onward.” Marking 34 years with type 1 diabetes at BitterSweet Diabetes.
Enjoy reading! And have a great weekend!