3 New Diabetes Products on the Market
Dress Up Your Device
Tired of wearing a plain insulin pump or continuous glucose monitor (CGM) sensor? Emily Imblum—who has type 1 diabetes—was, too. Seven years ago, she and her boyfriend (now husband), Scott, created Pump Peelz (above), a collection of adhesive covers that add vibrant color to pumps, meters, CGMs, and lancing devices. Each Peelz is precut to fit a dozen or so specific devices. They’re made of medical tape or eco-friendly, PVC-free vinyl and are designed to peel away from your device so you can change designs without any mess. There are 14 to 20 patterns to choose from, with new designs each season. Don’t see one you like? Create your own—an online tool makes that easy to do—and have it shipped to your door within a week. Peelz go for $2 to $10 each, at pumppeelz.com.
Rhymes With Precise
Good news for people with type 2 diabetes: AstraZeneca recently released Bydureon BCise, an easier-to-use formulation of the long-acting GLP-1 receptor agonist Bydureon. Like its older sibling, Bydureon BCise is a once-weekly injection for blood glucose management for people with type 2 diabetes. But this new version of Bydureon uses a much simpler resuspension process before injecting—shake for 15 seconds, and it’s ready to use—and comes in a single-dose “auto-injection” device that hides the needle from view. Bydureon BCise is available by prescription only. Learn more at bydureonbcise.com.
If you don’t know where to start with type 2 diabetes, pick up Managing Type 2 Diabetes for Dummies, published by the American Diabetes Association in partnership with John Wiley & Sons, for a crash course in diabetes management. Find out whom to add to your diabetes care team, why exercise helps you manage your diabetes, and how to get started on a Mediterranean or low-carb meal plan. The book is aimed at people with diabetes, along with their loved ones and caregivers. The book ($19.99), as well as its companions Diabetes & Keeping Fit for Dummies and Quick Diabetic Recipes for Dummies ($22.99 each), is available at shopdiabetes.org and wherever books and e-books are sold.