The Latest Tools for a Healthy Diabetes Lifestyle

The newest issue of Diabetes Forecast, American Diabetes Association’s consumer magazine, is dedicated to its annual product guide. The editors have combed the market to provide the reliable information people with diabetes need to choose the best products—from meters and continuous glucose monitors to pumps and insulin pens—to make managing their diabetes easier, faster and more accurate.

Every year the January issue takes an opinion-free approach to reviewing more than 100 diabetes-related items, as the Association’s policy is to endorse no products. It uses a friendly question-and-answer format to help you find the products that will best suit your needs.

On the Horizon: Be on the lookout for future products such as breath glucose testers; sleeker, wireless-capable accessories; and even a USB-sized device that transforms an iPhone or iPod Touch into a blood glucose meter.

Blood Glucose Meters: This most basic of tools is also among the most powerful. Diabetes Forecast sorts through the more than 60 options available on the U.S. market, drawing attention to specific features and deciphering technical terms so consumers can know what to look for in a meter.

Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGMs): The guide offers a side-by-side comparison of the three models on the market, plus questions to ask when determining whether a CGM fits your lifestyle.

Insulin Pumps and Infusion Sets: A pump can offer people with diabetes flexibility and protection against hypoglycemia (abnormally low blood glucose levels). This article compares five pump models in terms of battery requirements, reservoir capacity, basal and bolus insulin dose ranges and more. It also lists all the accompanying infusion sets by brand.

Insulin Pens: Insulin pens provide a convenient way of injecting insulin, but not all of them are the same. Diabetes Forecast takes a look at eight options, describes the differences between reusable and disposable varieties and underscores important pen-related safety tips.

Aids for Insulin Users: A rundown of products to help those with dexterity problems, vision problems or needle anxiety.

Products for Treating Lows: This section features products designed to treat lows, such as tablets and drinks.

If you’re searching for a new product to help you manage your diabetes, be sure to check out Diabetes Forecast’s 2012 Consumer Guide for its thorough review of all the options on the market today.

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5 Responses to The Latest Tools for a Healthy Diabetes Lifestyle

  1. Jennifer says:

    My husband was just diagnosed with Type 2. Which blood glucose monitor should he get?

    • ADA says:

      Hi Jennifer, we believe that selecting a product such as a blood glucose monitor is a personal decision. So our policy is to put forth detailed information about the options but to endorse no specific products, so consumers can choose for themselves. You may want to ask other people with diabetes which brands they like. Best of luck to you and your husband.

    • Christina says:

      I recommend any of the one touch ultras simply because they have the cheapest co-pay on test strips. I am a t1, and have been using this brand for 7yrs. 🙂

  2. Jon says:

    Jennifer,
    I have also just this week been diagnosed with type two and my doctor gave me the one touch ultra mini. I have found out to be very user friendly it has adjustable depth so the finger prick does not hurt so bad the test strips are a little pricy compared to others but It really seems to be a good meter

  3. samantha l says:

    I have been using one touch meters for 16 years and if you ever have a promblem with it the company will send u out another meter if it breaks

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