How Technology Is Changing Diabetes Management

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Technology is changing diabetes management and making many tasks less difficult. For example, advances in glucose monitoring have helped people achieve more stable blood sugar levels. Read about the different technologies that can help simplify common diabetes management tasks.


FreeStyle Libre Continuous Glucose Monitoring

Abbott Laboratory’s FreeStyle Libre monitors glucose levels through a sensor you wear on your upper arm. When you wave the hand-held reader over the sensor, you see your glucose reading. There isn’t any need to prick your fingers. You are also able to track your glucose levels over an eight-hour period, making it easier to track your progress.


Dexcom G6 Continuous Glucose Monitoring

Another option in continuous glucose monitoring is the Dexcom G6 closed loop system. This also eliminates finger sticks and gives you the option of having your readings appear on your smart device, including a smart watch. You can have five followers to let others see what is going on and you can program alerts and alarms to let you know when your glucose levels go too high or too low.


Hybrid Closed Loop Insulin Management System

The MiniMed 670G, a hybrid closed loop system is often called an artificial pancreas. This works through communication between the continuous glucose monitoring system and an insulin pump. Working together, these help to stabilize blood glucose levels. When on AutoMode, the system monitors glucose levels and adjusts insulin delivery every five minutes based on your blood sugar levels.


Smart Pens

Smart pens, such as the InPen, work with an app on your smart phone to track how many insulin units were given at the last injection. The pen can deliver anywhere from ½ to 30 units of insulin, in ½ unit increments. The InPen will last for one year without recharging.


Dario Blood Glucose Management System

The Dario Blood Glucose Management System provides information to you via your smartphone and a pocketsize meter. You can check blood glucose levels, no matter where you are and monitor your progress through the app’s logbook. Share information with your doctor or use the sharing to monitor your child’s glucose levels from a distance. It can even alert people to your levels and share your location to make sure someone can find you during an emergency.


LifeScan One Touch

The LifeScan One Touch Via 2017 is a slim, wearable device that hold’s 200 units of insulin and can be worn for three days. You can squeeze two buttons to deliver two units without anyone knowing what you are doing. The device can be activated through clothing to allow you to discreetly give yourself insulin no matter where you are.


Mini Pump

The ITCA 650, made by Intarcia Therapeutics, is a mini insulin pump, about the size of a matchstick, that continuously provides medication for three to six months. While the FDA rejected the pump in 2017, that was around manufacturing issues. The pump has performed well in trials and Intarcia is still working with the FDA.


Diabetes Management Subscription Service

The One Drop Premium service provides unlimited test strips, a Bluetooth-enabled meter, in-app diabetes coaching and a diabetes educational program.


Specialized socks

Foot care is extremely important for people with diabetes and monitoring for inflammation is one way of reducing the risk of foot ulcers and amputations. Siren socks makes this easy by monitoring foot temperature and alerting you to potential problems. The socks have sensors that measure your foot temperature in six places and send the information to your smart phone or via text message to alert you to signs of inflammation.