Hope or Hooey? Two Non-Invasive Blood Glucose Meters On the Horizon

The UFIT non-invasive meter from Biosign Technologies of Canada

| May 30, 2007

Two new meters that purport to measure your blood glucose without a fingerstick are currently in the works–again.  The road to a non-invasive meter is one that many have traveled before, but no one, thus far, has ever reached the market. 

As a matter of fact, we’ve been hopefully reporting on such devices since the failed “Dream Beam” was being touted in 1993.  The long trail of failed predecessors doesn’t faze these new contenders, however, as both of them optimistically expect their meters to be available within a couple of years.

The NRI (Near-Infrared) Meter uses a weak form of infrared light that penetrates the skin when a finger is placed over the sensor; the meter analyzes glucose concentrations by measuring the amount of light reflected back onto the sensor by glucose molecules. Developed by a Hong Kong team after four years of work, the prototype won a gold medal at the Geneva Invention Expo in April. Blood sugar readings appears within ten seconds, and they’ve allegedly proven to be at least 85 percent accurate in clinical tests.

The second non-invasive meter, the UFIT from Biosign Technologies of Canada, uses a completely different technology to measure glucose.  Worn on the wrist, it inflates like a blood pressure cuff in order to sense blood sugar by means of sound waves emanating from the pulse. In order to read the result, the meter must be plugged into the web, where the algorithms that produce the reading are accessed. The UFIT has already been approved in several countries as a blood pressure and heart rhythm monitor, and the company hopes to market it as a comprehensive testing device. Recent tests have indicated that the meter’s blood glucose readings are not significantly different from those produced by lab analysis.

Sources:  Biosign Press Release
NIR Press Releasegoo

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Posted by Anonymous on 4 November 2007

How many of these devices are being crushed by the big testing supply giants that fear lossing millions in sales?

Posted by Anonymous on 18 September 2008

One of the most promising non-invasive devices is being developed and tested by an Israeli company. How about some facts about these folks?

Posted by Nidia on 9 October 2008

I would like to have this equipment for wholesaling. How can i get it. Let me know.

Posted by Anonymous on 11 March 2009

quiero saber cuanto cuesta este nuevo glucometro y si lo venden en el condado de orange xq quiero comprarcelo a mi mama mil grecias...

Posted by carlos Horacio Posada on 15 June 2009

Soy diabético y agradezco la inversión en la investigación que permita tener un estilo de vida mejor, no obstante mi grave enfermedad. Soy nacional colombiano, resido en Medellín y quisiera saber el precio y la forma de cómo disponer de él en mi ciudad.

Posted by Dee Meloche on 21 August 2009

It sure would be nice to not have to pick my finger as I test often,sometimes 12+ times a day.

Posted by Anonymous on 5 February 2010

por favor alguien me pueded decir donde encontrar este glucometro que no requiere pinchazo para mi sobrina.

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