It seems like there’s always a new gadget to make diabetes management easier. While it’s great that we have so much technology available to us, it can be overwhelming trying to sort through it all and determine what’s best for you. Let us help.
For the tech savvy.
Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGMs)
- Constant monitoring of blood glucose level and alerts mean that you don’t have to remember to check your blood sugar very often.
- CGMs will alert you when your blood sugar is low, alleviating the fear of going low if living alone.
- CGMs are small and easily concealed/transported.
- Because they are always attached to you, CGMs can identify trends in your blood sugar patterns – making it much easier for you or your doctor to make adjustments that help you feel your best.
These are small devices that deliver insulin subcutaneously (via a small catheder in your skin, that is changed every few days). They are almost always attached to your body. Here are a few things you may want to consider when choosing a pump:
For the tech savvy.
Built in CGM.
They are a more accurate and convenient way of injecting insulin into the body (compared to syringes). You may want to consider using pens instead of syringes because they are easier to carry, less conspicuous, and more accurate. To learn more about insulin pens and how they work, click here. Most insulin is now available in pen form.
RapidSOS Haven App - The College Diabetes Network (CDN) partners with RapidSOS, an advanced emergency technology start-up revolutionizing personal safety and connectivity. The partnership offers free access to the RapidSOS Haven app while CDN student members are in college and for one additional year afterwards, providing individuals with type one diabetes enhanced access to emergency services.
There are a lot of diabetes management apps out there. Want to add one to your phone? You can find a list of some of the more popular apps here. For more help, check out the American Diabetes Association Diabetes Forecast Consumer Guide.
Still can’t decide if a product is right for you?
Check out reviews on specific products from all around the Diabetes Online Community. Try starting with our friends at DiaTribe, Diabetes Mine, and A Sweet Life. Just type the name of the product you want to learn more about into the search bar. Diabetes Mine recently launched a platform where PWDs review products for other PWDs called the “Diabetes Mine Test Kitchen.”