Whether you’re satisfied with your diabetes regimen or feel stuck in a rut, learning about new tools and how they can fit into your treatment plan can put you in control of your health. Every January, Diabetes Forecast, the Healthy Living Magazine of the American Diabetes Association, publishes its annual Consumer Guide, a catalog of reliable information people with diabetes can use to choose the devices and products that best meet their needs.
Highlights from the January 2014 Consumer Guide include:
Top Tech on the Horizon: Take a peek into the future of diabetes care with seven in-development products poised to make waves in the diabetes world.
Blood Glucose Meters: The magazine provides information about features to help people with diabetes make an educated decision, as the best meter is one you’ll actually use. The article also explains the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) current accuracy standards for meters and new requirements recently announced by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), which would narrow the range for acceptable blood glucose readings.
Insulin Pumps: These devices are the closest thing to a pancreas—so far. Diabetes Forecast outlines the top factors to consider when buying a pump, including the new MiniMed 530G With Enlite’s threshold suspend feature, which automatically shuts off insulin delivery for up to two hours to prevent severe hypoglycemia.
Favorite Apps: Readers share their favorite smartphone apps for logging blood glucose results, counting carbs, recording exercise and losing weight.
Ketone Test Strips: These products offer a quick and easy way to determine if you are at risk for diabetic ketoacidosis, a serious complication.
Aids for Insulin Users: A list of products that can help insulin users with dexterity problems, vision impairment and needle anxiety—and profiles of some of the clever entrepreneurs behind them.
So if you’re searching for a new product to help you manage your diabetes, be sure to check out Diabetes Forecast’s 2014 Consumer Guide for its thorough review of all the options on the market today.