Testing Blood Sugar-Paper?

Are you finding it expensive to test your blood sugar at home? Many times we hear people Blood glucose kitcomplaining that the blood glucose monitors which are used at home are convenient, but, expensive. This has undoubtedly led to some persons not testing their blood glucose.

To Test, or Not to Test

It is, however, important for us to test our blood sugar as often as the doctor recommends. The main reasons for this are: 1) it is always good to know your reading before taking medication so that we can adjust accordingly and, 2) testing before we eat can be used to guide us as we make our food choices and to determine the quantity we consume, still bearing in mind that moderation is the key.

It is said often enough on this website that diabetics should aim to eat smaller portions of the foods which will not result in a sudden, and high spike in our blood glucose. Knowing our numbers and also what to eat is a solid foundation to help us to control diabetes, and, possibly eliminate this horrible disease.

Paper for Blood Glucose Testing Monkey and paper

What if you were offered a new and cheaper way to test your blood sugar at home? What if you were told that you can test your blood sugar using paper and that it will be cheaper than using the traditional strips?

Clemson University found a way for us to use paper to test our blood glucose and it is cheaper than using the strips. This news is accompanied by an inspiring story, one in which adversity is used creatively to solve a problem.

Oh my God! I am out of Strips!

Imagine yourself in Tanzania. You are a Ph.D. student and you have had diabetes all your life. You are on a school trip and excited to see and be in Tanzania, but, you ran out of blood glucose strips and you cannot find the correct ones for your testing machine.

It’s been six (6) days since you last tested. What do you do at this point?

Do you…….

  1. Get angry?
  2. Cry?
  3. Blame your teacher for planning this trip?
  4. Blame your husband/wife for not packing enough strips?
  5. Get upset because you were too busy to stop at home and get some additional strips?
  6. Get innovative and create something that others will have access to in the future?
It’s Time to Meet Kayla

Kayla Wilson can relate to this story. She was given the opportunity to see first-hand how difficult it is for some persons in Third World Countries to access the kits to test their blood glucose at home. Kayla realized the strips were expensive and so she decided, rather than panic and complain, it would be worth her while to network with one of her professors to solve the Tanzanian problem.

Interesting enough, is that her act will be far-reaching. Note, Tanzania is not the only place where strips are either hard to get, or they are expensive. Kayla and her professors’ hard work, will turn Kayla’s’ demise into a blessing for billions of people all over the globe.

Now, Meet Life Tab

Life Tab is a piece of paper which is coated and is used to test blood glucose. Follow the steps below to use Life Tab to get a reading:

  1. Use a piece of alcohol prep pad to wipe your finger
  2. Use a lancelet with a new needle o stick yourself
  3. Drop some blood on the Life Tab paper
  4. Wait for the color of the paper where the blood was dropped to change
  5. Use your mobile app to read the color

The blessing in having something as simple, and, as cheap as a tab of paper to do such an important task (check blood glucose) cannot be overstated. According to Dean (the professor who helped Kayla), “we’re hoping by making something relatively cheap and affordable, we will get people to better monitor.” (Clemson, 2016).

We have a little wait before the Life Tab will be made available for the general public to use. It will be released in 2018. I am sure you will agree with me that this will be worth checking out.

Man’s Best Friend is in the Loop

Yes, you probably figured out what I am about to write. Vet Tab, the counterpart to Life Tab was created to test dogs and is expected to be available by 2017. The good news is that we will not have to stick our friends, instead, we will use their saliva to obtain their blood glucose reading. I am sure pet owners and pets alike will be equally happy.

Dog and man playing

Conclusion

Technology is favoring both diabetic human and dogs, in the form of a blood glucose monitoring paper. The one for humans is called Life Tab and Vet Tab is the one for diabetic dogs. These tabs will be cheaper than the traditional strips and will be done without sticking our dogs since it uses their saliva for testing.

It is hoped that these will be made readily available for especially Third World Countries, where the cost of strips are expensive and sometimes hard to get for certain machines. The expected rollout times are 2017 for Vet Tab and 2018 for the Life Tab. Fingers crossed as we continue to make the right food choices and become more active in our determination to be diabetic-free.

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Reference

  1. Clemson, S. C. “Researchers Eye New Technology to Help People, Dogs, with Diabetes.” WBAY. Young Broadcasting of Green Bay, Inc., 27 Aug. 2016. Web. 29 Aug. 2016.
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18 Comments


  1. // Reply

    This is a great article.
    I know a few people with diabetes that would really find this interesting.
    Its a brilliant idea.
    Soon enough you will just need to hold your phone to your skin and it will be able to measure your gluc levels.


    1. // Reply

      Thank you, Tom. Yes, technology is all over, some good, some bad. I would be happy for the phone to my skin to measure my blood glucose. Some days I am tired of pricking myself. Wouldn’t that be a good option Tom? Maybe you have a business idea here. Who to tell? Please share my website with the persons you know with diabetes. Cheers.


  2. // Reply

    Wow, technology is amazing. I didn’t know you could detect your blood sugar levels so easily. It’s really important to be aware of your sugar levels especially if you are a diabetic. You really never know what could happen.


    1. // Reply

      Yes, Matt, it is getting easier and cheaper to check your blood sugar and doing so could save our lives. When was the last time you got yours checked?


  3. // Reply

    I have never heard of these testing blood sugar papers before. But it seems like a much better alternative. It perfect for someone on a tight budget. Thanks for sharing!


    1. // Reply

      Yes, they should be out in 2017 and 2018,let us wait and keep our fingers crossed that they will be cheaper and accurate.


  4. // Reply

    what a great read, my sister is a diabetic and I’m constantly telling her she is not eating the right things. it just shows that if we look after our bodies they will take care of us. You get out what you put in I guess. I think this will benefit everyone, not just people who are diabetic. Thanks for the great read


    1. // Reply

      Try telling her what to eat instead and hopefully that will be ever on her mind. Also, refer her to my site and see if she will read and act. Yes, non-diabetics can benefit as well. Emma, are you watching your portions and eating a lot of fruits and vegetables?


  5. // Reply

    That’s great news about the paper test for blood sugar levels. I had gestational diabetes with all 3 of my kids and had to test my blood sugar levels before each meal and then 2 hours after the meal to make sure it was not too high. Although my insurance covered most of the cost I was left a small co-pay. The test strips are expensive and for those who do not have coverage it can be very costly.
    The paper test seems like a good solution to the test strips making it cheaper for those who can’t afford it. Do you know how accurate the test are?


    1. // Reply

      I do not know about the accuracy of the paper. They will be out in 2017 and 2018. I am not even sure where they will be sold. However, if I get more information, I will make sure to share it on my website. Thank you for sharing your story and I pray that you are well now. Are you diabetic-free now and did the children escape diabetes?


      1. // Reply

        Hi Josephine,
        thank you for the blessings! I am well and my kids do not have diabetes. I have pre-diabetes which means my numbers are a bit high but not high enough to to classified as diabetic. So nearly being a type 2 diabetic…I try to watch what I eat and when I can fit it in I exercise.
        I am looking forward to hearing more interesting info on your site!


        1. // Reply

          Thanks for responding Dinh. The news is good and I share your joy. I am also glad to know that you are doing what you can to avoid diabetes. Girl, that’s one club I would hate to welcome anyone as new members! Please continue to read and take the necessary actions to be diabetic-free.

          Today, I had a scare. My blood sugar fell to 2.9 and I was shaking. Lucky for me, the person I was with, knew what to do, and I recovered quickly. I had some green tea and he added some sugar. That did the trick within a few minutes it climbed to a bit below four and I started feeling myself again. Let us continue to support each other on this journey. Dinh, I wish you all the best and continued success in whatever you do. Be blessed.


  6. // Reply

    I love this article. It is really interesting, I know some people who were diagnosed with hyperglycemia and even diabetes. This is very important information and I really appreciated you include the references. This prove that it this information are valid. I am going this post to others. I look forward to visit again.


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    Hi Josephine Crawford

    I love this article. It is really interesting since this is the first I have heard about it. I know some people who were diagnosed with hyperglycemia and even diabetes. This is very important information and I really appreciated you include the references. This proves that this information is valid. I am going to share this post with others if you don’t mind. Keep up the good work.


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      Saif, I am happy you love the article. The pleasure is indeed mine to share and to inform. Yes, it is amazing where we are and where we are heading. Technology just keeps exploding and there are so many smart people using their brains and time to create in order to solve our problems. We are blessed. Please feel free to share the post. That’s my reason for writing (to help others as I share my journey). Please go ahead and subscribe to our newsletter for future updates.


      1. // Reply

        Hello Josephine. I have officially subscribed your newsletter since I am very interested to know more about it.


        1. // Reply

          Saif, Thank you and I look forward to having you on my list. Please feel free to drop me a note by e-mail, if needs be. God bless.

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