Here's my take on diabetes technology, my hope for the future, my complaints about current D-tech, etc.
First, let me say that we have come quite a long way since I was first diagnosed. I was diagnosed in 1993, when you still had to wipe the blood off of your test strip before you stuck it in your meter, and then had to wait FIVE minutes to see what your blood sugar was. Insulin pumps were not the norm, and CGMs were a pipe dream. I remember when I got my first One Touch meter that ONLY took 45 seconds, and it was a dream come true! Oh, how I loved that One Touch. So, before I continue, please know that I am truly grateful for the technology I have today, because I know what things could be like.
That being said, I want to make one thing clear. Yes, 5 second glucose meters, home A1C test kits, insulin pumps, CGMs and and iPod apps galore are all great and fun and helpful to a certain extent. But, they do me a crap load of good if they're not accurate.
Did you know glucose meters are still FDA allowed to be +/- 20% off? We all know CGM technology is far from being perfectly accurate, and it's relatively new, so I'll give it a bit of a break. But, I get really frustrated when I hear all these reports from people who attend diabetes conferences where D-tech companies are touting their new and improved whatever-the-heck-product- they-are-selling, and their focus is not on accuracy but on making the design sleeker, or the interface more user friendly, or whatever. Sure, I'd love for my iPod to be able to test my blood sugar, count my carbs, bolus my insulin, e-mail my doctor, pay my pharmacy bill, and julienne my french fries all at the same time. But, if the blood test is still +/- 20% off, than it doesn't actually help me that much. And, if my insulin still might not start working until 15 -30 minutes after I inject, than it still isn't helping me gain the control I want and need.
We can drive a freaking remote control car on Mars, people, so someone PLEASE tell me why we can't have better accuracy than +/- 20%?
So, here is my dream and hope for the future. I want patients, doctors, the FDA, and the ADA and everyone else to not be satisfied with +/- 20% accuracy. I want the D-tech world to listen up and realize that while fancy apps and sleeker designs are nice, what I really want is better accuracy in measurement and insulin that acts faster. Maybe someone should call up the NASA scientists who are all getting laid off soon, and hire them to figure this +/- 20% thing out.