New technology is changing the way those affected with diabetes measure glucose levels. Epic Health is the first tech of its kind that works by a user placing a fingertip over the camera lens of their smartphone to monitor health status. This revolutionary app will have a major impact on the one in three Canadians who currently live with diabetes or prediabetes.
The app uses a smartphone’s camera to take a number of close-up photos that can accurately display information about their blood flow. Pictures are sent to an online ‘cloud’ for analysis before providing the user with information about their vitals, including glucose levels, blood pressure, heart rate, and respiration rate.
The app is currently undergoing clinical trials involving over 2,000 people across the UK, US, and China. Testing has revealed that this non-invasive method of measuring blood glucose levels is just as accurate as the traditional finger-prick method.
In Canada, diabetes is the leading cause of blindness. Those with the disease are more likely to develop cataracts at a younger than average age, are twice as likely to develop glaucoma, and are at risk of losing vision due to diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy is the most common cause of blindness in people under the age of 65. It is estimated that approximately 2 million Canadians (nearly all people with diagnosed diabetes) have some form of diabetic retinopathy.
The app is also useful for people without diabetes, especially the pre-diabetic and those who want to monitor their overall health. One’s blood glucose level is an indicator of a lot of things — when is the right time to eat, which foods affect you positively, and how much to eat.
More information about the effects of diabetic retinopathy can be found on our blog.