Diabetics who are unhappy with the frequent pricks on the fingers to monitor glucose levels will find the new Flash Glucose Monitoring system (FGMS) device a painless way to manage the condition.
On Wednesday, India became the first country globally where the professional version of wearable FGMS was launched. FGMS consists of a small, round sensor — slightly larger than Rs10 coin.
The sensor, held in place with a self-adhesive pad, is placed on the back of the upper arm where it remains for 14 days.
After this period, the patient is required to go back to the doctor, who uses a flash glucose monitoring reader to scan the sensor and download the glucose results that are stored in it — in as quickly as five seconds.
“The beauty of device isn’t just that it does away with the finger pricks, but also the fact that it reads the glucose levels 24 hours a day for 14 days,” said Dr Shashank Joshi, endocrinologist, diabetologist and president of Association of Physicians of India. “It gives the doctor valuable insight into the pattern of sugar levels in the patient and accordingly design the care that a patient may need,” added Dr Joshi.
The device records glucose levels every 15 minutes, capturing up to 130 glucose reading over the 14 days, thus giving a doctor comprehensive data of the patient.
“The other glucose monitoring tools that are available right now provides glucose information for only points in real time glucose readings. Even when testing 6 times a day can miss high sugar attacks or low sugar attacks,” said Dr Joshi.
The FGMS device has been manufactured by a pharmaceutical company in the United Kingdom. The device is currently available with endocrinologists and diabetologists in India. The reader, however, stays with the doctor, which is used for reading the data that has been captured by the wearable sensor.