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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:

The Ninjabetic blog turns eight (8!!!) years old.

When my non-betic friends have no idea what I’m talking about.”

“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.

Diabetes Art Day is coming (February 3rd!!) and Lee Ann has asked if we could take a pre-event survey.  Please take the survey, and start thinking about what you’d like to create come February!

Shannon is saving all her test strips from 2014.  I wonder how that jar will smell in November?  😉

The Verio Sync is now available for purchase (and you can check out my first, and then second, impressions of the meter.)

“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.

On boundaries and space in the DOC.

There have been lots of great recaps of the Medtronic forum, starting with Kim’s detailed write-up at Texting My Pancreas.

Mean Scott.

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!

6 Comments Post a comment
  1. I was interested in what Brian Otis told Amy about using this “Project Iris” (gotta love that name!) kind of like we do with CGMs today…

    “So not surprisingly, the lenses will likely be another form of “adjunct therapy” like current CGMs (i.e. not approved by FDA for stand-alone use for treatment decisions).

    Hypothetically, assuming there’s no big accuracy issues at play, I’d toss in my own observations about how often I use CGMs to dose without poking my finger. Sure, even though I KNOW I shouldn’t, I do sometimes. Could see this playing out the same way.

    Then there’s the whole “EWWW, that’s gotta go in my eye” and “I don’t want my contact’s LED to start flashing in the middle of the night”… not sure I’d want, even if it were available. But, it’s still really cool of an idea!!!

    Great stuff in the rest of the Friday Six, Kerri, and I wonder what Mean Scott would say about all of this tech stuff… 🙂

    01/17/14; 9:58 am
  2. Tim Steinert #

    The idea that I have to stick my finger in my eye (I last wore contacts in the ’80s) to have a “CGM” fills my eyes with tears. …and not the happy kind!

    01/17/14; 3:38 pm
  3. kassie #

    Nearly 18 years ago I enrolled in a Medtronic sponsored study at the Joslin pregnancy clinic to see if insulin pumps could improve control in women with T1D who are pregnant or planning pregnancy without substantially increasing the rate of hypoglycemia 🙂 They had this wacky theory that pumps could help women avoid lows associated with morning sickness. Worked out pretty well 🙂

    01/17/14; 9:11 pm
  4. Mean Scott can’t believe you wrote a post about balls. This is a family blog!

    01/19/14; 4:09 pm
  5. June S. #

    As an extremely myopic Type I diabetic who was diagnosed in 1972, and got her first pair of contact lenses i 1976, I know that there is a myriad of restrictions concerning Type I diabetes and contact lens wear. We must wear soft lenses (not hard nor gas-permeable) and 24-hour-wear has always been strictly forbidden. What would be the use of a CGM that could only be worn for 12 hours per day? Considering all the money Google has at its disposal, I wish they would jump on the invasive CGM bandwagon and give us something spectacular. Maybe they could even make a new pump with built-in CGM. Wouldn’t that be cool?!!!

    01/20/14; 10:08 am
  6. Matt #

    My son is three and a half, diagnosed at two. That diagnosis hit us like a truck a year and a half ago. What keeps me going is how lucky is he to be born now in 2010 ! Imagine what technology is going to be available to him by 2030 when he will be just 20 years old! Really we live in amazing times.

    01/26/14; 5:07 pm

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