India has become the first country to launch the professional version of wearable Flash Glucose Monitoring system (FGMS). Monitoring blood glucose levels is a basic necessity for diabetics but the frequent pricks are a constant pain. The new FGMS monitors glucose levels in a painless way to manage the condition.
FGMS consists of a small, round sensor with a self-adhesive pad which is placed on the back of the upper arm and it remains for 14 days. The device gives a comprehensive data of the patient and records blood glucose levels every 15 minutes and captures up to 130 glucose reading over the 14 days.
The patient visits the doctor to scan the sensor and download the glucose results that are stored in the flash glucose monitoring reader.
Dr Shashank Joshi, Diabetologist said, "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. It gives the doctor valuable insight into the pattern of sugar levels in the patient and accordingly designs the care that a patient may need".
The device, manufactured in UK is used in India to monitor glucose at frequent intervals especially in Type 1 diabetics. "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," added Dr Joshi.