Diabetes Forecast

Bayer Releases Didget Meter

By Tracey Neithercott ,

Getting kids to test their blood glucose might get easier, thanks to a new meter that connects to the Nintendo DS and DS Lite gaming systems. Bayer Diabetes Care released the Didget meter this week with hopes that video games can make testing fun.

"One of the biggest challenges facing parents of kids with diabetes is motivating their kids to develop good testing habits," says Larry Deeb, MD, a pediatric endocrinologist, medical director at the Diabetes Center at Tallahassee (Fla.) Memorial Hospital, and a consultant for Bayer. "[The] Didget meter adds an element of fun and rewards the routine of testing."

Here's how it works: The Didget hooks up to the handheld DS or DS Lite (but not the DSi or DSi XL) and works with the game Knock 'Em Downs: World's Fair. The device rewards children (or adults with childlike tastes in video games) with points for testing often and meeting blood glucose targets. Kids can use points on the Nintendo DS or DS Lite to unlock gaming levels and customize the game, or they can spend points on Bayer's soon-to-be-launched Web community, Bayer Didget World.

The Didget works like Bayer's Contour meter, uses Contour test strips, and can be used without the gaming system.

It retails at outlets like CVS, Walgreens, and Drugstore.com for $74.99, a price that includes the meter, lancing device, lancets, a tube of test strips, the video game Knock 'Em Downs: World's Fair, and an "arcade" with 12 mini games. The Nintendo DS and DS Lite systems are sold separately.



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