Pain free device to benefit millions of diabetic patients in UAE

Pain free device to benefit millions of diabetic patients in UAE
Jacob Tharakan, Prof Dr Andreas Pfützner and Paz Tuval at the launch of egm1000 device in the UAE.

Dubai - The newly launched glucose monitoring device is named egm1000 which is needle free and strip free so it's also pain free testing of glucose



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Published: Sat 7 May 2016, 2:12 PM

Last updated: Sat 7 May 2016, 6:19 PM

Atlas Medical has launched a new device in the UAE for glucose monitoring, which is pain free and strip free and it will benefit millions of diabetes patients in the country and other Gulf nations.
Established in 1975, Atlas Medical's provides best of solutions by importing and distributing medical equipment, medical devices and instrumentations, pharmaceutical formulations, training and education to the UAE healthcare sector. The company represents more than 70 world's leading manufacturers.
The newly launched glucose monitoring device is named egm1000 which is needle free and strip free so it's also pain free testing of glucose.
"A lot of people were asking for this device and finally it's here," Atlas Medical chief executive officer Jacob Tharakan said at a recent news conference and workshop which was conducted to introduce the emg1000.
Egm1000 enables the users to perform a virtually unlimited number of measurements, without pain and without incremental cost.
Tharakansaid its priced $2,300 and it's available in the UAE. "Now it's in the UAE but we will go and work with other Gulf countries soon," he informed.
According to a recent study, 66 per cent of men and 60 per cent of women in the UAE are considered overweight or obese and as a result, as much as 19 per cent of the population suffers from Type 2 diabetes; this can be attributed to a sedentary lifestyle and bad food habits.
Last year, the UAE was home to one million diabetes patients, according to the International Diabetes Federation. As of now it is estimated that 13 per cent of the UAE population has diabetes.
UK's Evia Medical Technologies developed the egm1000 non-invasive glucose monitor. In his presentation, Evia Medical Technologies executive director Paz Tuval said: "We are pleased to introduce the egm1000, which offers pain free monitoring of glucose levels. After short and simple calibration process, there is no test strips required, so there is no additional cost per measurement."
Egm1000 combines ultrasonic, electromagnetic and thermal technologies by using a special algorithm. The device includes a small clip that fits easily onto the user's earlobe.
In addition to taking noninvasive readings, egm1000 can be used by up to three users, making it the ideal solution for families.
It is estimated that there are around 415 million of world population with diabetes and it will increase to 642 million by 2040. Every six seconds a person dies of diabetes related causes. Now 1 in 11 has diabetes and it will be 1 in 10 by 2040.
At the workshop Prof Dr Andreas Pfützner, chief executive officer and medical director, PfütznerScience & Health Institute GmbH, Germany, discussed challenges and solutions in the development of a non-invasive glucose monitoring device.
Dr Pfützner said measurement of blood glucose is still the most painful procedure in the daily routine of patients with type 2 diabetes.
He said that no one can expect that patients at risk of type 2 diabetes perform blood glucose measurements on a regular basis to detect disease manifestation or monitor their efforts to delay disease onset.
"The solution is a completely pain-free and non-invasive device for monitoring of blood glucose on a frequent basis," he emphasised.
He said that egm1000 is safe for use and performs according to the device's intended use." The device can be a suitable solution for both patients and health care systems, he added.
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