While everyone still awaits a cure for diabetes (and others actually try to find one), there are many other companies working to make diabetes easier to manage. I haven’t used any of these products myself, as I don’t have diabetes… but that made me an impartial judge when choosing what products to add.
A number of items on the list are stuck in red tape, still be reviewed by our friends at the FDA. Most are available, and we provided the website for each, along with a quick description. While searching for new and useful devices for diabetes, it was tough sifting through all the nifty applications. They’re endless.
Our goal was to find the most practical and useful technology and software that provides actual value.
The Dario Glucometer
Manufactured by: LabStyle Innovations
The Dario glucose meter was created in order to implement a new technology that seeks to bring laboratory-testing capabilities to consumers through smartphones in an easy, friendly and inexpensive way.
In a nutshell, the Dario turns a smartphone into a diabetes management system. It includes a meter that connects to your smartphone, along with lancets, a lancing device, and test strips… it’s a simple way of self-monitoring blood glucose, and you can get all the results, and a variety of features from this one device.
1. SMARTPHONE DEVICES – BPMs and BGMs
Manufactured by: Philosys, Inc.
Turn this 2 oz device into a blood glucose meter by attaching it to an iPhone, iPad, or iPod. Upload the free application, attach the adapter and insert the test strip. The readings will be displayed immediately. The meter has been approved in Europe and is awaiting FDA approval.
Manufactured by: Sanofi Diabetes
The innovative iBGStar® is the first blood glucose meter that can be used on its own or connected directly to an Apple iPhone® or iPod touch® to easily display, manage and communicate your diabetes information. The iBGStar meets today’s industry standards for accuracy. While the iBGStar Connects to the charger, the GMate attaches to the headphone jack.
Smart Blood Pressure Monitor
Manufactured by: Withings
Revolutionary because of its function and design, the Withings Blood Pressure Monitor creates a new link between technology and usability. The first blood pressure monitor connected to the iPhone simplifies the daily tracking of blood pressure. It automatically saves and displays your measurements for easy tracking and evaluation. With new measurement sharing options, it becomes the ideal solution for an accompanied tracking, with accurate measurements at home.
2. INSULIN DELIVERY SYSTEMS
OmniPod Tubeless Pump
Manufactured by: Insulet Corporation
Whether you’re considering insulin pump therapy, or you already wear a traditional pump, the OmniPod insulin pump can make managing your diabetes easier – so it becomes a smaller part of daily living. With the OmniPod’s advanced technology, you can sleep in, eat, exercise and just live your life more easily. The Pod holds and delivers your insulin.
The PDM (Personal Diabetes Manager) wirelessly programs your personalized insulin delivery, calculates suggested doses and insulin on board, and has a convenient, built-in FreeStyle® blood glucose meter.
Solo Insulin Micropump
Manufactured by: Solo and Madingo
The SOLO micropump was designed by people with diabetes and their caregivers. Its small, slim, lightweight, tube-free design allows you to go about real life with just a little less hassle. If you want to know if the SOLO micropump might be right for you, ask yourself these questions.
MiniMed Paradigm® Revel™ Insulin Pump
Manufactured by: Medtronic Minimed, Inc.
The Revel Insulin Pump was first introduced in Spring of 2010 and is the second generation of the Medtronic insulin pump with built-in CGM. The Revel Insulin Pump can give you more flexibility by allowing you to customize your insulin delivery to meet your specific therapy needs.
Manufactured by: Medtronic Minimed, Inc.
The MiniMed Paradigm Veo System combines insulin pump therapy and continuous glucose monitoring with a unique new capability to automatically suspend insulin delivery for up to 2 hours if your glucose levels fall to a pre-agreed level, unlike any other pump on the market, Paradigm Veo will actively protect you against the risk of hypoglycaemia even when you are asleep.
V-Go Insulin Delivery System
Manufactured by: Valeritas, Inc.
The V-Go is a simple insulin delivery device. You place it on your skin, press a button to insert a small needle, and the V-Go delivers insulin in the same way your body is supposed to.
3. GIZMOS AND GADGETS
Cellnovo Remote Meter
Manufactured by: Cellnovo
This system’s remote-handset meter is glitzy—a thin color touch screen that also runs apps to help pumpers track blood glucose, food, and insulin. The rechargeable, buttonless pump with tubing is as bare-bones as they come. Users complete all pump functions from the handset. The device is approved in Europe but has not yet been submitted to the FDA.
Manufactured by: Neuromatrix
NeuroMetrix’s pain-management device aims to calm pain due to diabetic neuropathy. A cuff outfitted with electrodes straps to the calf and delivers electric pulses that stimulate the nerves. According to the company, the Sensus reduces pain transmissions, lessening the ouch. The company announced in January 2013 that it had put the device on the market.
Dexcom G4 Platinum
Manufactured by: Dexcom
The all-new Continuous Glucose Monitor featuring an extended 20 foot range1, glucose trends in vibrant color and a sleek and small receiver available in three colors – Classic Black, Ocean Blue, and Tickled Pink
t:slim Insulin Pump
Manufactured by: Tandem Diabetes Care
The first insulin pump with a touch screen that embodies a fresh new design approach and offers the most requested features asked for in a next-generation insulin pump for diabetes.
Unifine Pentips Plus
Manufactured by: Owen Mumford
An all-in-one pen needle remover, for both attaching and detaching needles.
Manufactured by: Diabetes Sentry
The Diabetes Sentry will address a critical gap in the tools available to achieve and maintain better glucose control. The device provides an audible alarm when detection of either or both of the two symptoms of hypoglycemia is present: Perspiration and Drop in Temperature
The Diabetes Sentry is worn like a wristwatch on the forearm. It weighs only 1.5 ounces (50 grams) and is easily secured to the wrist with a Velcro strap integrated into a case made of lightweight yet durable biocompatible plastic.
4. FAST-ACTING GLUCOSE
Manufactured by: Quicksticks
Absorption of the powder occurs upon contact due to the large surface area it covers in the mouth. The taste is far superior to Glucose Tablets or Gels on the market and is conveniently packaged for people on the go.
Level Life Gels
Manufactured by: LevelFoods
LEVEL Life Glucose Gel works quickly and accurately to raise your blood sugar. Each squeeze pack contains 15g of fast-acting glucose gel that’ll go wherever you do — and offers a low risk of overtreatment blood sugar spikes and the crashes due to overtreatment. With four delicious flavors, they’ll never get in the way of moving you forward.
Manufactured by: GlucoLift
Tired of chalky glucose tablets made with artificial colors and flavors? GlucoLift® was created by a type-1 diabetic to be safe, natural, clean-dissolving, and pleasant tasting. Since low blood sugar is a regular part of ambitious diabetes management, things like taste and texture can add up to a big impact on your quality of life.
ReliOn Glucose Tablets
Manufactured by: ReliOn
ReliOn® Glucose Tablets raise low blood sugar fast and are free of fat, caffeine, sodium and cholesterol. They are portable and easy to carry, making it easier for patients to BE PREPARED for lows.
Manufactured by: Jarrow’s Formulas
Glucose Optimizer is a comprehensive combination of ingredients that support healthy glucose levels and provide antioxidant protection.