According to data from 2019, in Portugal there are three million people with diabetes or pre-diabetes, which represents 40% of the Portuguese population. About 200 people are diagnosed daily with this disease, which kills one person in the world every eight seconds.
This is a disease that can be controlled and, recently, a gadget that monitors glucose in a non-invasive way was announced.
Tokyo-based health IoT startup Quantum Operation Inc. unveiled the “world’s first non-invasive glucose monitor that is capable of truly continuous measurement”, said the company in a press release.
The new wearable uses spectrum technology that has already been patented by the company to accurately measure glucose in a person’s bloodstream through the skin, without the need to use a needle.
Using the technology, diabetic patients will be able to replace the daily routine of using a measuring needle with the simple fixation of a wearable device similar to a wristwatch.
Wearables help patients assess glucose
Big data platforms and the elimination of need for needles are not the only way in which technology promises to change the lives of diabetic patients: wearables can also allow remote monitoring by doctors to keep an eye on their patients.
“Until now, putting a needle in your finger or arm was the only method available to accurately measure your glucose level. Our bracelet will change that, making the painful daily routine unnecessary for all diabetic patients, ”said Quantum Operation CEO Kazuma Kato.