Breakout: Tracking Metabolism

There is an abundance of devices that track calories consumption.

However, calorie intake is mostly tracked “manually” by inserting in an app what you eat and how much, or by photographing it, and matching it with a database of food and calories. This is cumbersome, crude and does not work.

As a diabetic (type 1,5) I need to measure my blood sugar to prevent hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia.

Measuring blood sugar is - like measuring calorie intake - pretty cumbersome. Normally, you measure your blood sugar before of after eating, late in the night and early in the morning, and whenever you feel close to either hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia. You get the result “retroactively” and late to act “proactively”.

There are a few models available for continuous glucose metering. These are all expensive and unpractical. They are invasive in the sense that your blood sugar is measure still by taking blood sample but now with a needle constantly in your skin.

There is a relation between your glucose level and your intake of calories. Thus, not just diabetics but also QS’ers should have an interest in being able to measure glucose levels continuously without the hazzle of taking blood samples.

This breakout session will discuss continuous glucose metering.

What new techniques and devices are out there or in the pipeline?

Some examples are:

Healbe GoBe

Abbott’s Ambulatory Glucose Profile

Hunting the Deceitful Turkey is required reading for anyone interested in non-invasive glucose monitoring.

The problem with current “minimally-invasive” continuous Glucose monitoring solutions isn’t so much the needle that goes under the skin, but the need for constant calibration with blood samples and test strips.

Glucovation claims to have a solution that does not require calibration, and that is accurate enough for non-medical use.