By BJ Reyes
Anyone with diabetes, Type 1 or 2, can tell you one of the most annoying parts about coping -- well, aside from the pancreas not functioning properly and utilizing insulin all that well -- is everything required for maintenance.
Blood glucose meters, test trips, lancets, vials, syringes, insulin pens, needles, alcohol swabs, sugar tablets even foot creme for starters. (And that's just me! =) Then there's insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors which require their own upkeep and maintenance.
Aside from being expensive, having to store and carry some or all of that stuff can be a pain.
Thankfully, at the intersection of Medical Advancement and Engineering Science comes an industry always in search of new gadgetry and technology that may help in dealing with such things.
Personal favorite that I'm looking forward to:
When you live with diabetes, you get used to carting around a ton of stuff—meters, test strips, lancing devices, and so forth. But a pocket-sized gadget may streamline all that gear. LabStyle Innovations’ Dario diabetes management system is a blood glucose meter with a built-in lancing device and a pull-out compartment that holds 25 test strips. A small piece of the Dario detaches from the meter and connects to a smartphone headphone jack, linking the meter to a Dario app.
After logging into their Dario app, users simply turn a knob to eject a single test strip from the body of the meter, insert the test strip into the connection device attached to the smartphone, add a drop of blood, and wait for the app to display the blood glucose level on the phone screen. The Dario app also allows users to log carbohydrate intake and exercise, search a food database, track insulin injected, calculate insulin doses, graph glucose data, and send reports to family and caregivers. The Dario meter-app combo is expected to be available in Europe in early 2014.
And just for good measure, here's another review of the Dario system.