Nemaura completes study of sugarBEAT glucose monitor posted by, 12 September 2023.  

Nemaura Medical has completed a 100-patient study of the non-invasive and flexible continuous glucose monitor sugarBEAT.  Carried out in the Middle East, the study included four cohorts with an equal number of male and female subjects aged 18 to 75 years. Out of the total patients, 20 had type 1 diabetes and the remaining had type 2 diabetes. The Class IIb medical device is approved in Europe and Saudi Arabia for a wear period of 14 hours.

The study was designed to evaluate the possibility of increasing the wear period to up to 24 hours and assess different methods of device application to the skin, as well as the possibility of auto-calibration.

An overall MARD of 12.8% was observed over a 24-hour sensor wear period, based on 1,379 paired points, with 76% of the paired points within 20/20 of the reference blood serum glucose value.  These results indicate the possibility of using a single sensor for a 24-hour sensor wear period, allowing users to monitor their glucose fluctuations overnight.

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DexCom, Tandem Diabetes fall on Apple glucose monitor new team lead by Jonathan Block for, 14 September 2023.

DexCom, Tandem Diabetes Care, and Insulet all closed lower on 9/14/2023, following a report that Apple has named a new head for its project to develop a glucose monitor thatDexCom fell 3.5%, Tandem was off 4.3%, and Insulet lost 1.3%.

Bloomberg reported that VP of Platform Architecture Tim Millet is now heading the project, known as E5. The plan would be to add blood glucose monitor capability to the Apple Watch. Millet has been with Apple for 19 years.

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Life-Saving Legislation: changing the rules around rescue glucagon with Stacey Simms of DiabetesConnections, a weekly podcast, 12 September 2023.

Most of us wouldn’t think twice about using someone else’s emergency glucagon if our child or another adult needed it. But that’s something a school nurse or other health care provider could lose their license over. Now, some states are passing legislation to make it easier for anyone to use anyone’s rescue glucagon.

Stacey Simms / DiabetesConnections talks to Georgia State Rep. Doug Stoner and his wife, Trip Stoner, a long-time diabetes advocate who lives with type 1 about what they were able to get passed in their state, what you can do to take action in yours, and what they’re planning next to help people with diabetes.

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How might carb and fat consumption affect longevity in men vs women? by Robby Berman for, 10 September 2023.

A new study from Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine in Japan finds that going to extremes with carbohydrates and fats can shorten one’s lifespan. However, the hazard differed for men and women. All the study participants were in fit condition at recruitment.

The study found that men who ate too few carbohydrates significantly increased their risk of all-cause mortality. At the same time, women who consumed too little fat had a marginally higher risk of all-cause and cancer-related mortality.  The authors of the study paint a complex picture of healthy eating in terms of carbohydrates and fats, overall suggesting that going to any extreme may negatively affect longevity.  The study appears in The Journal of Nutrition.

When it came to carbohydrate consumption, the researchers found that men who got fewer than 40% of their daily calories from carbohydrates were at a significantly higher risk of all-cause mortality.  For women, by contrast, those who got more than 65% of their calories from carbohydrates were at a higher all-cause mortality risk.

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Indian start-up launches wearable smart ring by Phalguni Deswal for, 11 September 2023.

India-based startup Bonatra has launched a wearable smart ring, Smart Ring X1, which tracks various health parameters, including heart rate, blood oxygen (SpO₂), and sleep quality. The device works with the Bonatra app to report the health parameters, it also syncs with continuous glucose monitors (CGMs) to generate a metabolic score.  The wearable technology market has grown in recent years, with Covid-19 propelling market growth. GlobalData estimates the wearable technology market to grow to $156bn by 2024.

Weighing 4g, the Smart Ring X1 is waterproof and made using hypoallergenic titanium alloys to allow for long-term wear. It also connects to the Bonatra app to allow for comprehensive health tracking via a Sleep Score, Readiness Score and Movement Index. “Over the last year, we have consistently focused on introducing AI-based, IoMT-enabled and doctor-led initiatives to guide people towards achieving their health goals,” said Rahul Kishore Singh, CEO of the India-based start-up.

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Diabetes Fast Food Guide: What to Order at Starbucks by Constance Brown-Riggs for, 11 September 2023.

From Apple Crisp Oatmilk Macchiatos and Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccinos to Glazed Doughnuts and Cinnamon Coffee Cake, Starbucks is renowned for its sugary coffee drinks and pastries, but it also offers a variety of diabetes-friendly alternatives.  Toby Smithson, a dietitian, person with diabetes, and author of Diabetes Meal Planning and Nutrition for Dummies, offered some general advice for making blood sugar-friendly choices at Starbucks, as well as some of her favorite diabetes-friendly picks on the menu. 


6 Tips for Eating at Starbucks
      1. Choose your beverages wisely:  Individuals with diabetes should approach coffeehouse beverage choices with caution. Smithson’s top coffee recommendations are espresso or drip coffee blends ordered black (without any type of milk or sweetener added).  “The best choices include Americanos (iced or hot), or the Veranda Blend, Dark Roast, Medium Roast, or Clover Brewed,” she said. “It’s important to note that most coffee drinks are high in calories and carbs. The Peppermint Mocha contains approximately 500 calories – equivalent to a full meal.”  If you’re more of a tea drinker, good options are teas such as the Chai, Jade Citrus Mint, Emperor’s Clouds & Mist, or herbal teas ordered hot or cold without milk or sugar.
      2. Make whole-wheat wraps your friend:  Opt for breakfast sandwiches in whole-wheat wraps instead of biscuits, English muffins, or other bread. 
      3. Make condiment choices that don’t contain hidden sugar:  Be cautious with condiments and dressings that may add hidden sugars or carbohydrates to your order. This includes food condiments like sriracha as well as drink toppings like whipped cream and flavorings like matcha green tea powder; all of these contain added sugar.
      4. Customize for your needs:  Take advantage of Starbucks’ customization options to make your order diabetes-friendly. This includes drink customization to avoid the added sugars mentioned above, but also foods that can be ordered with or without an assortment of add-ons. “Oatmeal is also an excellent option for breakfast as it is high in fiber and can be customized,” Smithson said. 
      5. Choose protein-rich snacks – and watch the fat content:  Select protein-rich snacks like nuts, seeds, or hard-boiled eggs instead of high-carbohydrate items like pastries or cookies.
      6. Check nutritional information: You may want to familiarize yourself with Starbucks’ nutritional information on its website or in-store pamphlets and even enter in calories and carbs for what you plan to order into a meal tracker ahead of time. 

Top diabetes-friendly Starbucks menu items: Spinach, Feta, & Egg White Wrap, Plain oatmeal, Eggs & Cheddar Protein Box, Tomato & Mozzarella on Focaccia, Butter Popcorn, and Grande cold brew coffee with 2% milk

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