KUALA LUMPUR, June 10 – Diabetes care company i-SENS launched a tool to help diabetics measure their blood glucose and ketones levels every day.
i-SENS’ CareSens Dual blood glucose and ß-ketones monitoring system provides results in five seconds with 99.7 per cent accuracy and requires a smaller blood sample.
High levels of ketones, which are acids in the bloodstream, can cause diabetic ketoacidosis, a serious complication of Type 1 diabetes, and lead to loss of consciousness or even death.
“We understand that having diabetes is a like a full-time job. We’re here to share how we can manage it together as a community – and help diabetics find the right balance towards a fulfilling life!” i-SENS president and co-founder Dr Hakhyun Nam said in a statement.
The CareSens Dual system was launched with TV personality Jojo Struys at her OhanaJo yoga studio.
“Practising yoga helps build strength, flexibility and balance. Similarly, we hope today’s initiative will inspire members of the public to find that balance for their physical, mental and emotional health,” she said in a statement.
According to the National Health and Morbidity Survey 2015, 3.5 million adults aged 18 and above in Malaysia had diabetes, which was 17.5 per cent of the adult population. More than half of them, about 1.8 million people, were unaware they had the disease. The 17.5 per cent prevalence in 2015 rose from 11.6 per cent in 2006.
“Very often, patients with Type 2 diabetes carry on with life without any symptoms until they experience a heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, go blind or require an amputation,” said Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) Medical Centre head of diabetes and endocrinology Professor Dr Nor Azmi Kamaruddin in a statement.
i-SENS’ blood glucose monitoring system is imported by Asian pharmaceutical distribution company DCH Auriga.