Management tools are just a click away with the availability of smartphone apps that can help diabetics track trends and stay connected to data. From dLife to Glucose Buddy, apps offer an easy way to log glucose levels and keep an eye on fluctuations as well as monitor meals and record exercise sessions.
“It’s convenient. You always have your phone with you nowadays—that’s how we are,” says Julie Mantis, diabetes educator at Community Hospital in Munster.
She says the iBGStar Blood Glucose Monitoring System is part of the movement toward technology. The blood glucose meter attaches directly to an iPhone or iPod touch. “It connects right to the app and you can upload information quickly to the phone or device. It can do basic monitoring or if you want, you can get more involved,” she says. “You can look and see trends and text a message to your doctor.
“Children with diabetes can text Mom or Dad [their levels]. When they’re out and about, parents can actually see the results. It’s peace of mind for a lot of parents.”
While the IBGStar is the first monitor capable of attaching to a phone or device, Mantis says technological advances continue to emerge and build on a pattern of innovation.
“This opens up opportunities and I am sure this will take off and others will follow suit,” she says. “There is a trend with technology. A couple of years ago it took 30 seconds to see results on meters, and now you can have them within four seconds.
“There are companies who make devices for dexterity or visual issues. With children, adults and seniors with diabetes, companies are trying to meet everyone’s needs.”
Beyond the technology, tools are not one-size-fits-all. As a diabetes educator, Mantis strives to connect diabetics with the right monitors and management programs.
“The meter has to meet the patient’s needs. We want to train you on the one that you feel most comfortable with.”
For more information on diabetes management tools, contact Mantis at 219.836.7714 or visit the American Diabetes Association's mobile site at m.diabetes.org.