Diabetes Forecast

3 Products on Our Radar This Fall

Photography by Jessica Dean; styled by Haleigh Eason

Spot On

Continuing education is essential when it comes to diabetes, but there’s something to be said for supplementing your health care provider’s instructions with insight from someone who deals with diabetes day in and day out. That’s why we’re fans of Adam Brown’s Bright Spots & Landmines: The Diabetes Guide I Wish Someone Had Handed Me (above). It’s a guideline for managing diabetes, packed with practical tips from Brown’s experiences living with type 1. Concrete examples—such as how Brown manages blood glucose while exercising—help simplify complex topics such as food, fitness, mindset, and sleep. And the setup of bright spots (positive behaviors to follow) and landmines (stumbling blocks to overcome) makes it easy to apply Brown’s tips to your own life. But keep in mind: These are one man’s tactics for managing diabetes—your mileage may vary. Get the paperback for $6.29, the e-book for $1.99, and a PDF as a name-your-price download. Learn more at brightspotsandlandmines.org. —Tracey Neithercott

Clutter Buster

Looking for a good way to store your insulin pens? Enter the HangTite, a device that sticks to the inside of your refrigerator and securely holds up to five unopened insulin pens—most brands of reusable and disposable pens will fit. Invented by Tony Fontecchio after his type 1 diabetes diagnosis in 2006, the HangTite keeps your insulin pen inventory in one place, and allows you to easily see how many you have left. Plus, it saves more shelf space for your favorite healthy foods. It comes in blue ($12.95) or white ($14.95) and is available at thehangtite.com. (Image courtesy of HangTite.) —Benjamin Hubbert

One for All

So long, one-trick-pony health apps. DiabNext is developing an all-in-one system that collects diabetes data from six sources—a blood glucose meter attachment, insulin pen clip, app that calculates carbs based on food photos you snap, pill bottle cap, activity tracker, and scale—and displays it in a single app. In the future, the platform will even include a diabetes personal assistant—complete with artificial intelligence that will learn from your data and offer tips. The full system is not yet available, but you can preorder the devices and carb-counting app for delivery this fall. Look for further advances in artificial intelligence in late 2018. Find out more at diabnext.com. (Image courtesy of DiabNext.) —Allison Tsai



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