Technology

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. 

  Meters

  Continuous Glucose Monitors

  Insulin Pumps

  Insulin Pens

  Mobile Apps 

 

Meters

The following list is by no means exhaustive. There are TONS of blood glucose meters on the market. If you’re not finding a meter specific to your needs, check out the American Diabetes Association comprehensive list of meters by feature, i.e. those that work at higher temperatures, those that have audio capability, those with a backlight, etc. The ADA also has a chart that makes it easy to compare blood glucose meters by blood sample size, cost, type of battery, etc. that can be accessed here.

 

Small.

The following meters are small, and can easily fit into a tiny purse, briefcase, or gym bag:

For the tech savvy.

The iBGStar Blood Glucose Meter plugs into your iPhone and allows you to keep all of your readings and information in the palm of your hand (literally!)

 

Cheap.

Need a meter but can’t afford anything fancy? Check out these more affordable meters from WalMart, Target, Walgreens, and CVS.
 

Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGMs)

They are exactly what they sound like – small devices that constantly monitor your blood glucose thanks to a small sensor that is inserted under the skin. Here are a few of the benefits of using a CGM while you’re away at school.
  • 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.
Currently, Medtronic and Dexcom are the only two CGMs on the market in the US. Check out this comparison guide from DiabetesNet.com to understand the differences and help decide which on is the right fit for you. Click here to learn more about how they work.
 

Insulin Pumps

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:

Waterproof.

Live in a warm place near the beach? Play a water sport? Then you might want a waterproof pump like one of these: OmniPod, Animas Vibe, OneTouch Ping

 

Tubeless.

Some people don’t like the idea of tubing on their pump. If you’re one of them, check out the OmniPod.

 

For the tech savvy.

The Tandem t:slim is the first insulin pump with a touch screen.

 

Built in CGM.

If you’re in the market for an “all-in-one” aka, an insulin pump with a built in CGM, check out the MiniMed Paradigm Revel, or the MiniMed 530G.

Click here to learn more about how insulin pumps work, and check out this article from our friends at DiaTribe outlining the advantages and disadvantages of each pump.

Insulin Pens

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.

 

Mobile Apps

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.”

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