Diabetes management is an enduring science experiment. People with diabetes need to monitor their food intake and its impact on blood glucose levels. Patients on insulin will need to calculate the precise amount to mitigate the carb levels eaten. Even when you exercise, blood sugar level information is a crucial factor.
Technology is a boon and offered people devices they can use to manage their diabetes, which makes a huge difference! One thing that many people with diabetes over look, is how the better their control of diabetes is, the lower their life and health insurance premiums will be.
Matt Schmidt with Diabetes Life Solutions tells us “using technology to help manage your diabetes is often times viewed extremely favorably by insurance companies. Over time, life insurance for diabetics has been tough to qualify for, but that’s no longer the case. As an example, life insurance for type 2 diabetics can be approved in a matter of days, for amounts up to $2 million in coverage. Below are a few types of technologies underwriters prefer people with diabetes use on a regular basis”
- Continuous glucose monitors
- Medication pens
- Fitness trackers
- Insulin pumps
Technology has made the enduring process of diabetes management using technology and devices much easier. However, the advancements in insulin pumps, CGMs, and medication pens are still persisting. It is enhanced to offer real-time, comprehensive data to diabetic people and their healthcare providers.
The advanced new generation diabetes devices and technology are offering more data to healthcare providers as well as enhancing metrics like HbA1C and time in range. This is making it easy to monitor blood sugar patterns and give insulin easier.
Connected medication pens
There was no way to tell if the patient was using an improper timed dose because the insulin pen was not connected with a smart device. Fortunately, a connected insulin pen will fill this information gap. It will help to –
- Calculate the proper dose based on existing glucose levels
- Help in preventing missed doses by sending a reminder to the diabetic person
- Send notification about insulin expiry
Connected medication pens can be a game-changer for those people on daily insulin injections. Currently, there is no insight into what doses people are taking and when they take them. It is a gray area that will be captured with the new technology!
FDA has approved a smart insulin pen. It is reusable and lasts up to one year without any concerns about the recharge. The smart medication pen uses Bluetooth to transmit real-time data to a specific app.
Another FDA-approved product is a system with two smartpen caps.
- One cap for rapid-acting bolus insulin.
- Another cap for long-acting basal insulin
- Mobile app
- Integrated CGM sensor
All the components automatically capture and blend the cohesive CGM data with the dose timing.
Smart insulin pens & caps –
- Will offer better-personalized treatment.
- Offer more visibility to the doctor.
- More information means more informed decisions about diabetes care.
- Better data is equivalent to better diabetes control.
- Better diabetes control means better outcomes at the end of the day.
Smaller and more affordable CGMs are in development
The new generation CGMs is getting empowered to give more and more accurate data. Along with accuracy, the new generation CGMs is also getting more and more affordable, so that more diabetic people can access them. The device is also getting small in size as well as user-friendly.
Flexible new insulin pumps
The new generation hybrid-closed loop device is assured to offer diabetic people flexibility in insulin management. They are equipped with features that automatically correct boluses every five minutes. A unique system has hormone automation. It is programmed using bodyweight and launching CGM. The devices employ mealtime estimates rather than carb level counting.