Non-invasive blood glucose monitor debuts


After many months, the world’s only device that accurately reads glucose without drawing blood is now in Nigeria. Information made available by Kainico Limited, noted that the egm 1000 is suitable for types 2 diabetics to monitor their blood glucose.

Manufactured by Evia Medical Technologies from the United Kingdom, the egm 1000 non-invasive glucose monitor, offers pain-free monitoring of glucose levels. The device has the European CE mark certification, and now also NAFDAC certified. Kainico Ltd is the distributor in Nigeria. It combines ultrasonic, electromagnetic and thermal technologies by using a patented algorithm. It includes a small clip placed onto the user’s earlobe.

Placing the clip on the earlobe activities measurements and an algorithm. Within one minute, the users glucose level is calculated, promptly displayed and verbally announced.When monitored the device calculates and presents an estimated HbA/c level, the average level of blood sugar over the past two-three months.

No bigger than a smartphone, the device is calibrated to each user and there can be up to three users per device. With about 97 per cent accuracy, readings are clinically accepted when compared with a laboratory reference device. Clinical trials have confirmed that it is as accurate as the finger pricking. However, when the finger pricking does not clean the finger prior to sticking the egm 1000 is more accurate. When the finger pricking wrongly takes the first drop of blood instead of the second, then the egm 1000 is also more accurate.

The desire to develop a non-invasive glucose monitor came from a founder of Evia, the late Dr. David Freger. David had diabetes and like many who suffer from the life-long debilitating disease, was sick and tired of pricking his fingers to draw blood several times each day.

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