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    Description: Diabetes has been on the increase for the past decades due to the changing lifestyles of the Mauritian people and the lack of exercise and improper nutrition. It is reported that over 22% of the adult population are already diabetic and another 19% are prediabetics. Moreover, the national tendency is that all of the 19% prediabetics will be diabetics in about 2 years. Thus altogether, there could be around 40% of diabetics in the adult population if the status quo prevails. This could lead to an extreme national concern with regards to huge health expenditure and significant loss of productivity in our organizations and services. In other countries, it has been demonstrated that most of the 19% prediabetics, with proper monitoring, guidance and follow-ups actions, can be reversed to normal conditions. Likewise, those already with diabetics can lead more comfortable lives if their health diagnosis can be regularly monitored. There exist a number of devices that monitor blood sugar levels, but generally these are expensive and not regularly used.

    Potential Solutions (if any):

    (a) To design a small pocket size IT based blood sugar measuring device that can be connected to a mobile phone to accurately record and optionally transmit the glucose level of a person to a database which can be made available to medical specialist for advice. The device should not cost more that Rs 500.

    (b) To design an electronic wrist strap that regularly displays and stores the blood sugar levels, with the option of automatically transmitting the information to a database. The device should not cost more that Rs1000.

    Benefits: Such devices will enable widescale monitoring of blood sugar level for any persons, including prediabetics and diabetics. The information may be linked to specialist advice and as the database is built over time, this will be a valuable resource for the management of the disease as well as for further research and development. Most importantly, it will lead to a healthier and more productive nation. Companies could sponsor their employees to acquire such devices.

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    Very good idea.

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    I like the possible solutions but can implant technology be considered for transmitting the blood glucose level to the monitors. One problem faced by diabetic patient is the constant pricking of their fingers for blood sample and I guess no one wants to get their finger pricked daily.

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