A diagnosis of diabetes can be scary, but science is making great strides to help patients manage their condition. There are several exciting innovations in diabetes management available today — and many more on the horizon.
Researchers are developing a glucose monitoring system with an insulin delivery pump, one that works like your natural pancreas. Worn externally, this device will monitor blood glucose level and stop pumping insulin if the glucose level is too low.
Computer-Based Diabetes Management
Bayer’s CONTOUR® USB is the first plug-in blood glucose meter that opens diabetes management software on your computer. Simply plug it into your computer to track your blood glucose levels at a glance – you can even print out reports to take to your doctor. Better diabetes management means doing more than just testing. Bayer’s CONTOUR® USB meter helps you transform results into meaningful insights that you and your healthcare provider can use to modify your routine and better manage your diabetes.
Stem Cell Transplant
In a 2007 study1, a small number of newly diagnosed patients were able to stop using insulin after treatment with stem cells made from their own blood. Although stem cell transplants pose certain risks, the technique may one day provide an additional treatment option for type 1 diabetes.
Diabetes Apps For Smartphones
Today’s mobile devices are shaping up to be valuable tools for managing diabetes. Keep an eye out for downloadable apps that track your blood glucose levels, as well as food intake and exercise. Also, there are some meal planning apps out there that are specifically tailored to diabetics.
The future of diabetes management is constantly evolving. New treatment options and management tools are being developed all the time, and many — like the Bayer CONTOUR® USB meter — can simplify your life today.