Diabetes is a debilitating and difficult disease to manage. Years ago, there were very few supplies available to help manage the condition. However, with today’s technology there have been advances designed to help patients manage their disease safely and conveniently. As 2014 marches on, here’s what’s new in diabetic care for Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.
A breakthrough in insulin pumps, the MiniMed 530G is the first pump that automatically stops delivering insulin to a person if their blood sugar goes too low. Using a predetermined blood glucose level between 60-90, the pump will shut off for up to two hours, enabling the person to take steps to get their levels back up to acceptable results.
Designed for people with Type 2 diabetes who want to take insulin but don’t want the hassle of several shots each day, the PaQ is an insulin pump that can hold 330 units of insulin and be worn for up to three days. As an added bonus, it’s waterproof and can be worn under water.
Designed for kids who need the convenience of an insulin pen, these come in many cool colors, allow for half-unit injections and record the date, time and amount of the previous dose.
Considered a potential breakthrough in insulin delivery; this powdered insulin is taken by inhaling it through a specially-designed inhaler containing a cartridge that has a premeasured, single-dose amount.
Able to monitor a person’s skin temperature and perspiration levels, it will sound an alarm to a sleeping person to alert them to a possible drop in blood glucose levels.
Made for smart phones and designed to appeal to kids, this mobile app lets kids record their blood glucose levels in a game-like atmosphere.