By Sola Ogundipe
After many months, the world’s only device that accurately reads glucose without drawing blood is now in Nigeria.
Information made available by Kainico Ltd, noted that the egm1000 is suitable for type2 diabetics to monitor their blood glucose.
Manufactured by Evia Medical Technologies from the United Kingdom, the egm1000 non-invasive glucose monitor, offers pain-free monitoring of glucose levels. The device has the European CE mark certification, and now also NAFDAC certified. Kainico Ltd is the distributor in Nigeria. It combines ultrasonic, electromagnetic and thermal technologies by using a patented algorithm. It includes a small clip placed onto the user’s earlobe.
Placing the clip on the earlobe activates measurements and an algorithm. Within one minute, the user’s glucose level is calculated, promptly displayed and verbally announced.
When monitoring the device calculates and presents an estimated HbA1c level, the average level of blood sugar over the past 2-3 months.
No bigger than a smartphone, the device is calibrated to each user and there can be up to three users per device. With about 97 percent accuracy, readings are clinically accepted when compared with a laboratory reference device. Clinical trials have confirmed that it is as accurate as the finger pricking. However when the finger pricking does not clean the finger prior to sticking the egm1000 is more accurate. When the finger pricking wrongly takes the first drop of blood instead of the second, then the egm1000 is also more accurate.
The desire to develop a non-invasive glucose monitor came from a Founder of Evia, the late Dr. David Freger.
David had diabetes and like many who suffer from the life-long debilitating disease, was sick and tired of pricking his fingers to draw blood several times each day.
Together with two of his trusted colleagues, they set out to develop a non-invasive glucose monitor that could provide pain-free measurements. The device measures tissue/skin glucose and not blood glucose. So it is an indirect measurement. The glucose in the blood can be detected from the tissue/skin after some minutes.