Even though Dr. Stanley Kim isn’t a diabetes specialist, he had plenty of motivation to invent the thinnest and shortest lancets ever. Dr. Kim is a hematologist and oncologist who is a member of the board of trustees of San Antonio Community Hospital in Upland, California, and president-elect of the hospital’s medical staff. Stanley Kim, M.D. The story started, he told me, about three years ago when he learned that he had type 2 diabetes. "The lancets that I used hurt too much for me," he said. "I resisted whenever I had to check my blood glucose and knew that something wasn’t right." The story continued when he went to the hospital’s pediatrics and neonatal departments. "The lancets that they used were pretty thick, and the babies would cry. You could tell that the babies were suffering. So I thought that I could make a very thin and short lancet that wouldn’t hurt as much." Like firefighters who rescue people out of burning houses, this was something that he had to do. "This was my motivation." Like most people, I learned about Dr. Kim’s lancets by word of mouth. A correspondent named Ashique Iqbal recently brought them to my attention. Dr. Kim has actually been marketing them since late October of last year, he told me. "I never advertised them," he continued. He did go to the Children with Diabetes "Friends for Life" convention in late June and early July 2010 at Disney World. "We tested 200 to 300 children, and they all said it was wonderful. It is now being sold mostly for children." Dr. Kim calls his tiny lancets "tiniBoy" and says that "although the tiniBoy lancet is very beneficial for diabetic kids and babies, it still works well for adults like me, as I also do not like pain." He currently markets then through the tiniboy.com website and Amazon. A box of 100 lancets goes for $9.95, and Dr. Kim tells me that he is working to broaden his outreach through Medicare and private insurance. "We would like to be able to provide tiniBoy lancets for whatever the insurance would pay."
Comparative Lancet Sizes
The tiniBoy lancets are compatible with most of the current lancing devices. The exceptions, Dr. Kim tells me, are the Accu-Chek Multiclix and Softclix devices.
Dr. Kim’s technical review of the tiniBoy lancets appears in the January 28, 2010, issue of Clinical Medicine Insights: Endocrinology and Diabetes. You can read the abstract online at "A Pain-free Lancet with a Small Needle for Glucose Measurement."
But perhaps even more persuasive are the positive comments by people with diabetes who have purchased tiniBoy lancets from Amazon. My guess is that you have as much motivation to switch to these tiny lancets as the Amazon reviewers and Dr. Kim had.
David Mendosa is a journalist who learned in 1994 that he has type 2 diabetes, which he now writes about exclusively. He has written thousands of diabetes articles, two books about it, created one of the first diabetes websites, and publishes the monthly newsletter, “Diabetes Update.” His very low-carbohydrate diet, current A1C level of 5.3, and BMI of 19.8 keep his diabetes in remission without any drugs. He can be found on Twitter @davidmendosa and on Facebook at David Mendosa.