According to the American Diabetes Association,
* Prevalence: In 2012, 29.1 million Americans, or 9.3% of the population, had diabetes. Approximately 1.25 million American children and adults have type 1 diabetes.
* Undiagnosed: Of the 29.1 million, 21.0 million were diagnosed, and 8.1 million were undiagnosed.
* Prevalence in Seniors: The percentage of Americans age 65 and older remains high, at 25.9%, or 11.8 million seniors (diagnosed and undiagnosed).
* New Cases: 1.4 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year.
* Prediabetes: In 2012, 86 million Americans age 20 and older had prediabetes; this is up from 79 million in 2010.
* Deaths: Diabetes remains the 7th leading cause of death in the United States in 2010, with 69,071 death certificates listing it as the underlying cause of death, and a total of 234,051 death certificates listing diabetes as an underlying or contributing cause of death.
Early detection and constant monitoring are the only way to prevent ongoing issues and to reduce tragic outcomes and budget-crippling costs.
Today's glucose monitors are not only painful, but expensive, and inaccurate. This results in few correct reading and an adverse desire, on the part of the diabetic, to properly monitor their sugar.
At GlucoSight, we addressed this problem by creating a non-invasive glucose monitoring solution that, within 8 seconds, can determine one's glucose level by simply looking at a patients eyes. The patient simply opens an app on their cellphone, holds the GlucoSight to their eyes, and in seconds we have a reading.
ABOUT THE ENTRANT
Name: Ken Steinberg
Type of entry: individual
Ken is inspired by:
Everyday struggles...the big problems!
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Patent status: pending