Giving Thanks for Diabetes Technology and Drugs
Over the past few weeks there has been a great deal of debate over whether patients with diabetes have benefited from the all the technology that is available. Looking at the history of conventional blood glucose monitors it’s difficult to argue that technology hasn’t helped the millions of patients with diabetes. There are some of us who remember that it all started in 1969 with the Ames Reflectance Meter, or A.R.M. (now Bayer). The blood sample size was 50microliters.
Today patients can choose from over 40 different meters, many which use less than 0.5 microliters for a blood sample, offer results in 5 seconds, can download results to a PC, offer alternate site testing and some meters now don’t require any coding. Patients also have easy to use insulin pens, advanced insulin pumps, smaller, thinner needles which makes injections less painful and a host of excellent drugs.
As we approach the Thanksgiving Holiday let’s give thanks to those who truly deserve our appreciation – the many researchers, physicians and companies who have dedicated their lives to improving the lives of the millions of patients with diabetes.