HOW TECHNOLOGY CAN HELP YOU MANAGE YOUR DIABETES
If you are dealing with diabetes, you aren’t alone. Whether you were born with type 1 diabetes or developed type 2 diabetes at some point in your life, recent technological advances can help you monitor your blood glucose level and manage your diabetes.
In this article we look at ways technology can be used to assist with managing your diabetes. Everything from apps, to fitness watches, continuous glucose monitoring systems and smart insulin pens.
MONITORING GLUCOSE AND EXERCISE LEVELS
If you have diabetes, it’s vital to monitor and track your blood glucose levels, as well as your diet and physical activity. Fooducate is an amazing free app that helps you manage your diabetes by providing information about foods that are the best for keeping your blood sugar level steady and healthy.
Of course, diabetes is more than just watching what you eat. With that in mind, MySugr is another must-have app that can sync with your glucose monitor and even send your data to your doctor. Health2Sync is also a helpful, free app that is popular among those with diabetes. In addition to its digital log for tracking your blood sugar, weight, medication, diet, and exercise, it provides human encouragement.
Regular exercise can help those with type 2 diabetes to control their weight, lower insulin resistance, and reduce blood glucose levels. Additionally, according to Harvard Health Publishing, exercise can also help lower the risk of heart disease in people with diabetes. Fitness apps can help you establish an exercise routine and stick to it. However, you can take it a step further by using a fitness tracker or smartwatch.
The Fitbit Charge 3 is a solid choice with its numerous goal-based exercise modes, as well as heart rate and blood oxygen measuring capabilities. However, the freshly launched Apple Watch Series 5 may be your best bet to not just track all your physical activity, but also extensively monitor your health.
Apple’s latest smartwatch allows you to get a quick read of your heart rate with a touch of your finger or to check your heart rhythm with its ECG app. It features advanced workout metrics for almost any exercise, and water resistance up to 50 meters. Plus, it has fall detection and emergency SOS to keep you safe while you’re exercising.
ADVANCEMENTS IN GLUCOSE METERS AND INSULIN INJECTORS
Glucose meters are essential for anyone with diabetes. The One Drop Chrome is a Bluetooth-enabled blood glucose meter that sends readings to the accompanying iPhone or Android app. The free app allows users to track and monitor blood glucose, activity, food, and medication. Users can also share their data with the healthcare providers. An optional coaching program is also available on a subscription basis for education and support from a certified diabetes coach. The coaches help users manage their diabetes, eat more healthily, become more physically active, deal with stress, and more.
A continuous glucose-monitor system such as Abbott’s FreeStyle Libre uses a sensor to measure your interstitial glucose level. The sensor wirelessly sends the data to a receiver, smartphone, smartwatch, or tablet. The system can tell users when their levels are steady, rising, or falling. DiaTribe notes continuous glucose-monitoring systems can be covered by many insurance plans, including Medicare, which typically pays 80 percent of the cost.
For people with type 1 diabetes who have been wearing insulin pumps for years, the introduction of smart insulin pens is a game changer. The recently introduced InPen uses Bluetooth technology to combine a reusable injector pen with iPhone or Android app to calculate the proper dosage of insulin and keep track of injection data.
Managing diabetes isn’t an easy task, but it's mandatory if you want to live a long and healthy life. Today, it's becoming easier than ever to manage it with the help of smartphone apps, fitness trackers, and advanced glucose monitors. By using this latest technology, you can take charge of your diabetes and improve your health.
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