Diabetes has always been a data‑driven disease, the more you know about your numbers, the better-equipped you are to manage your blood sugar.
But it hasn’t always been convenient to check blood sugar or keep track of results, let alone predict where your blood sugar might be headed next. Today, advances in glucose-monitoring technology and insulin-delivery systems are making all of that possible.
The devices we use to manage our personal lives are penetrating into diabetes care and allowing patients to learn more about their condition. And all that information means two things: the ability to manage your blood sugar more effectively and the freedom to worry less over highs and lows.
Most meters work the same way: the user inserts a test strip into the meter, they prick their fingertip using a lancing device to get a tiny drop of blood, and the strip is touched to the blood to produce a meter result. Many meters let you save readings and add comments to that data.
New models have Bluetooth (like the Contour Next One and the Accu-Chek Guide meter) or the capacity to sync blood glucose results wirelessly via cellular signal (like the Livongo meter).
Using the meter’s companion app, you can easily access and review your results; record food, activity, and medication events; and visually see patterns between the two.
Pumps have been around for decades, but new technology is making insulin delivery safer, sleeker, and more hands-off. These pumps mimic a healthy pancreas by delivering a small, steady trickle of rapid-acting insulin 24 hours a day.
This keeps blood sugar stable between meals and during the night without the need for long-acting insulin. Wearers also use the pump to deliver bolus doses at mealtimes and when blood sugar is elevated.
Delivering insulin in this way can make dosing more precise and easier to adjust in real-time, and reduce the risk of experiencing low or high blood sugar.
Smartpens not only calculate insulin doses, but they also track injection data. The idea: to see just how well your dosing regimen is working for you and to help you troubleshoot when needed.