Other technologies that can help us to achieve better control include:
Online resources -
- BDEC’s carb counting course
- online blood glucose records/analysis (where you upload your blood glucose meter readings – and pump settings/history if you have one). Links to examples will follow.
- peer support is a great tool for better control too, by sharing of knowledge and encouragement (see our Diabetes Online Resources page for some links, and the Social get-togethers page for face-to-face peer support)
- VoyageMD is a new website dedicated to help people with diabetes who need to travel. It will generate a journey itinerary to provide info (hotels, airlines and travel insurance companies), advice on airport procedures and how to store insulin, medication and monitoring equipment; personalized blood glucose monitoring and insulin dosing schedules across time zones and in the event of unexpected delays; Carbohydrate content of airline and hotel meals and local delicacies at the destination and where to obtain medical supplies and assistance at the destination.
Telemedicine – this is where your online blood glucose/pump records are reviewed by a knowledgeable healthcare professional without you having to sit around in a waiting room! Examples include Axon T4Net
Buzzy – Taking the Sting out of Shots – a little device for children or adults, to minimize the pain of injections, infusion set changes, finger stick tests and blood drawing.
Intra-peritoneal insulin infusion port (DiaPort) – a second generation DiaPort has been launched, so watch this space for more information.
In development – the Diabetes Research Institute BioHub. Announced in March 2013, this little bit of technology could be a ‘cure’. It is a long way off at the moment – it hasn’t been tested on humans yet, and when they start in 2014 they will only be testing components, not the whole system. Find out more at www.diabetesresearch.org/BioHub