Friday Five – Diabetes Awareness Month Spotlight in Technology
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Over thirty-four million Americans are currently living with diabetes. November is American Diabetes Month, a good time to learn the latest innovations around the disease. This week’s Friday Five looks at some of the new technology being developed, devices and apps being used by those trying to manage the disease in their daily lives and also the disparities around this technology.
New Technology Can Measure Glucose Levels in Sweat, No Needles Required
Sick of painful finger pricks to test glucose levels? Verywell Health (@Verywell) reports that researchers at Penn State University have developed a new technology that can measure glucose through sweat instead of blood, eliminating the need for a needlestick. Their advancement could be valuable to individuals with diabetes, who must monitor their blood sugar several times a day.
— Verywell Health (@Verywell) November 8, 2021
16 Apps for Managing Diabetes: Blood Glucose Trackers, Food and Exercise Logs, and More
Everyday Health (@EverydayHealth) reports that if you’re living with diabetes, prioritizing your health has never been more important. People with an underlying health condition, including diabetes (whether it’s type 1 or type 2), are at a higher risk for complications from COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Research shows that using a diabetes app can improve your health.
Diabetes Technology: Disparities, Access & Equity
Tune in to hear policymakers, advocates and healthcare professionals explore how disparities in diabetes caregiving and technology access impact vulnerable communities amid evolving population demographics.
New diabetes technology expected to improve customization, availability of real-time data
Healio (@GoHealio) reports that advancements in connected insulin pens, continuous glucose monitors and insulin pumps are allowing more comprehensive and real-time data to be available to people with diabetes and their care teams, according to two speakers.
Best Apps for Managing Diabetes
Smartphone apps have become increasingly important tools for managing certain health conditions, including diabetes, by assisting with everything from diet and exercise to glucose monitoring and symptom management. Verywell Health recommends these five cleverly designed apps are useful for anyone with diabetes, from people who are newly diagnosed to those who have been living with the disease their entire lives.