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National Diabetes Month – “You Are the Center of Your Diabetes”

November is National Diabetes Month and this year’s theme is “You Are the Center of Your Diabetes.”  This theme highlights the importance Logo with "November is National Diabetes Awareness Month"of managing your diabetes to prevent diabetes-related health issues and that you are vital to the process.  You must be your own advocate.

According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases website, “An estimated 30.3 million people in the United States, or 9.4 percent of the population, have diabetes. About one in four people with diabetes don’t know they have the disease. An estimated 84.1 million Americans aged 18 years or older have prediabetes.”

Currently there are many ways to properly monitor your blood glucose levels, but there is a new one on the market that makes checking your levels even easier.  The Dario Blood Glucose Monitoring System is an all-in-one pocket-sized meter that works with an app on your smartphone.

 

Here is what I like about the system:

  • The device is small and can fit in a pants pocket or small purse. It has a lancing device, a meter, and strips all in a small system.  The meter plugs into your smartphone in the headphones jack.
  • Dario automatically keeps a record of your diabetes history, and you can send this information directly to your healthcare team.
  • There is an emergency alert feature where Dario will send a text message to up to four people when your levels are too low or too high. Not only will it warn them of your emergency but also uses the location of your smartphone to tell them your GPS coordinates.
  • There are other options of this device such as a carb counting tool and activities tracking tool.
  • The device is relatively inexpensive at $39.99 with special promotions.
  • Once you have put your blood on the test strip, the meter will read the level in a short period of time and displays it as a large number on your smartphone. I called the company and they told me that the app can also be used with VoiceOver.
  • The price of test strips is as low as $.25/strip.

 

Here is what could be improved:

  • Right now they do not have a connector for the newer iPhones without a headphone jack. The company is working on a connector right now and it should be available in the near future.
  • The logbook information is very small and a little hard to read, but you can enlarge it.
  • The test strips can be difficult to separate for someone with dexterity issues.

 

Photo of glucose meter connected to smart phone

There are so many apps today for almost anything you want to do and this app and Dario device can make monitoring your diabetes a breeze.  But even more importantly, it can give extremely accurate information as to blood sugar level, time of day, activity, and food intake to your healthcare team to help make future decisions as to how to manage your health.

 

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