Selecting a Diabetes Device

David Mendosa Health Guide July 16, 2012
  • All of us who have diabetes need some devices to help us manage. But each of us needs different devices.

     

    Every one of us needs a blood glucose meter. Some of us need continuous glucose monitors, insulin pens, and insulin pumps. But, depending on our individual differences, we need different makes and models of these devices. 

     

    That one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to picking a diabetes device is the main message of a great article by Gary Scheiner. He is a Certified Diabetes Educator who helps his clients through Integrated Diabetes Services in Wynnewood, PA, near Philadelphia. 

     

    Many people who have never had the opportunity to work with Gary at his clinic know him as the author of Think Like a Pancreas, published in 2004. My review of the first edition started like this:

     

    “I laughed out loud when I opened the package containing Think Like a Pancreas. With a title that flip, I didn’t expect much. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Actually, the title makes sense, because it clearly reflects the author’s breezy style. Further, the style is paired with a greater depth of information on taking insulin than anything else I have ever read. There is a lot that I didn’t know, and even more that I knew but not the reasons why.”

     

    Gary’s article in Clinical Diabetes about diabetes devices can help even more people than those of us who take insulin injections. It’s both professional and clearly written. You can read the full-text of his article at “Matching Patients to Devices: Diabetes Products Are Not One-Size-Fits-All.” 

     

    After you read it, my guess is that you will decide to get a new blood glucose meter or other diabetes device. That would be a good thing.