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Diabetes Forecast

The Healthy Living Magazine

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By Tracey Neithercott , ,

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Cool Runnings

Keeping insulin cool is a must for summer travel. In sweltering temps, the medication can get too hot, and in a hotel refrigerator, it risks freezing. In both cases, insulin won’t work properly. How can you make sure your vials or pens stay within the manufacturer’s recommended temperature range? Enter MedAngel (above). The waterproof sensor—about 1 inch wide and 1.5 inches long—is stored with your meds and continuously monitors the temp of the environment. It wirelessly sends that information to an app on your phone (Android for now, but an Apple version is coming soon), so you know how cool your meds are, even when you aren’t around. The app also sends alerts when the temperature nears or goes beyond the safe high or low temperature range. Visit medangel.co for details.

All Connected

The developers of a new diabetes app have set their sights on more-streamlined diabetes care. When the entire GlucoMe system is available, users will be able to check their blood glucose on a device that wirelessly sends data to a smartphone app; automatically transfer dosing information from any insulin pen to a smartphone using the insulin pen monitor; and view data, track progress, get alerts, and connect with a caregiver via the mobile app. The Digital Diabetes Clinic monitors user data and provides treatment recommendations for health care providers, who can view real-time data. Currently, only the app—which as of now requires manual blood glucose and medication dose logging—is available. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for the meter is expected this year, with the pen monitor to follow. Find out more at glucome.com.

Get & Give

Pricey test strips can put a strain on your budget, but subscription programs aim to help. The latest company to offer bulk test strips on a monthly basis is Good Glucos. Founder Elliot Gatt, who’s lived with type 1 diabetes for 16 years, set out to create a low-cost test strip alternative, plus a way for those in need to get free supplies. Each subscription comes with a Good Glucos meter and test strips, lancing device, lancets, control solution, and carry case. New strips are delivered either monthly, every three months, or every six months. Prices vary based on test strip amount and frequency (100 strips go for $35 a month, for instance). You’ll have to pay out of pocket, though the company hopes to begin accepting insurance later this year. What sets Good Glucos apart from other test strip subscriptions, however, is its pledge that for every 12 subscribers, it’ll donate a 12-month subscription to a person with diabetes in need. Learn more at goodglucos.com.

 
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