Season 2, Episode 11: Pain-Free Glucose Testing For Diabetes Is Here – An Interview With the Creator of Genteel Lancing Devices: Painless, Stress-Free Blood Sugar Testing

We talk to the inventor of the Genteel Lancing Device, and the President of Genteel LLC, Dr Chris Jacobs. This broad discussion spans the history of diabetes, the research and development that goes into diabetes innovation, even the psychology of pain!

In early 2006, Dr Jacob’s friend, who has Type 2 diabetes, called to say he was at his “wit’s end” with the pain of lancing his fingertips. He begged Dr Jacobs to help.

Over the next ten years, Dr Jacobs analyzed the interconnection between blood capillaries and pain nerves, limitations of current devices, and existing technologies that could bring painless lancing to reality, until Genteel finally evolved into the precision instrument it is today, with the ability to optimize blood draw with absolutely no discomfort.

The Genteel Lancing Device is the world’s only lancing device that uses vacuum suction to draw blood. It is reliable, pain-free and FDA cleared for alternate site testing. Glucose testing with the Genteel Lancing Device can be done on other areas of the body, including palms, forearms, and thighs, giving fingers a break! And it can be used with almost any blood glucose meter or test strip.

Diabetes is most likely not going away any time soon, despite the intensity of research time and dollars put into finding a cure, but we have the ability to make it less traumatic, more hopeful, and less financially burdensome. Genteel can make that difference. Its technology simply has to be experienced to be believed!

Enjoy the incredible story of how innovation and friendship resulted in a device that has changed so many lives.

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Dr Chris Jacobs, PhD, is the President of Genteel and the inventor of Genteel Lancing Devices.

Dr Jacobs has been a Biomedical Engineer for 40 years, holding patents on the variable rate cardiac pacemaker, heart-lung machine, and many medical devices still in use today in hospitals around the world.

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