The Weekly Roundup: Conquering Diabetes (1.11.19)

January 11, 2019 | Pamela Youngberg

From blood to sweat and tears, smart technology is changing the way diabetes is monitored and treated. Last spring, a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) that attached to the abdomen was the first of its kind approved by the FDA. Last summer, the development of a non-invasive smartwatch—which is purported to continuously and non-invasively monitor and track major chronic health risks, such as diabetes, cardiac arrhythmia, congestive heart failure, COPD, sleep apnea, and hypertension—was announced. Testing on a disposable skin patch is underway in Europe and the United States. Next up, perhaps a device that pinches the ear will make it through testing. It’s not always sunshine and rainbows, however. The afore-alluded-to smart lens that was the brainchild of a Google/Novartis team hit hard times and was abandoned late last year (see “tears” above). No one will easily forget the debacle at Theranos

Still, until we can stem the tide of lives impacted by the disease with better pharmacy-assisted approaches to prevention, the pharmacy community will need to continue to stay up to date on the tools that can help with treatment. Recently, small-scale surveys are suggesting that, though the use of CGMs is still relatively low, practitioners believe it will rise to nearly half of type-2 diabetes patients within the next five years.

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Pamela Youngberg

Before she came to Smart-Fill, Pamela developed marketing strategy and content for a range of technology start-ups and large-cap enterprises. Outside the office, she's into cycling, renaissance history, cooking, and exploring the outdoors in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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