MedGizmo - MedGizmo: Wearables and Diabetes – July 2016 Update
21.07.2016, 10:39   MedGizmo

MedGizmo: Wearables and Diabetes – July 2016 Update

MedGizmo provides daily updates on latest developments in healthcare wearable technology on our Twitter Feed, Instagram Feed, and our Facebook Page . We are also committed to regular summary updates in certain areas. Here we continue our effort with the latest Diabetes Update.

Please, have a look at our previous posts:
First, we recommend viewing the Motley Fool's Industry Focus video podcast: analyst Kristine Harjes, contributor Todd Campbell and analyst Gaby Lapera explain this disease and how healthcare companies plan to defeat it. What Investors Need to Know About Diabetes . Detailed discussion on the origin of diabetes, statistics, primary drug treatments (Novo Nordisk, Eli Lilly & Co. being the biggest players). Continuous glucose monitoring – a new high-tech space for technology – companies like DexCom and Livongo, playing a prominent role.
GlobalData recently in its report PharmaPoint: Type 2 Diabetes – Global Drug Forecast and Market Analysis to 2025  notes that type 2 diabetes (T2D) market is highly mature and is forecast to be valued at $58.7 billion by 2025. However, “to date, no drug has demonstrated sustainable efficacy in the treatment of T2D. This unmet need presents a large opportunity for investment by drug developers.”

Of course, besides drug developers, technology is getting very fast into the market. In past months we have monitored the following developments:
However, technology and legal pace are substantially slow in addressing the market need. So, some people started using DIY devices, as it is described in this WSJ post: “…system involves an outdated insulin pump that communicates with a small radio stick connected to a continuous glucose monitor, a computer motherboard and a battery pack”. (Tech-Savvy Families Use Home-Built Diabetes Device)

There is a very informative and useful resource: The Accurate Insulin Decisions (AID) program offers decision support tools and educational resources on mealtime insulin to help people with diabetes better manage their disease. It is a joint initiative of The Endocrine Society, American Diabetes Association, American Association of Diabetes Educators, American College of Physicians, American Osteopathic Association, American Pharmacists Association, and Diabetes Nation.

Interactive tool helps to determine when and how to adjust your insulin. Reference information on insulin; various insulin preparations, dosing adjusting of regimens.
Here is MedGizmo’s Update on some of the diabetes devices:

Omnipod® Insulin Management System

Unique and discreet insulin delivery system designed to provide people living with diabetes the freedom and simplicity that conventional "tubed" insulin pumps and multiple daily injections cannot provide. Manufactured by Insulet Corporation, the Omnipod® Insulin Management System consists of two components: (i) a Pod that stores and delivers insulin; and (ii) a Personal Diabetes Manager (PDM) that wirelessly programs the user's personalized insulin delivery, calculates suggested doses and insulin on board, and has a convenient, built-in blood glucose meter. 

SugarBEAT® Pain-Free Continuous Glucose Monitoring

Non-invasive, needle-free glucose measurement. Using a small disposable patch painlessly stuck onto a user’s arm, leg or abdomen, sugarBEAT® measures the body’s glucose levels via the skin. Approximately 1mm thick, and designed to conform to the body patch offers a convenient way to track blood sugar levels throughout the day. Takes sensor measurement every five minutes from the body’s interstitial fluid, drawn from the skin.


Glucowear by Malvin Gonzales specifically designed for diabetics. The design utilizes cutting-edge, non-invasive methods for testing glucose levels in the blood. Features app, accessible on any smart device, that pairs with the device to provide the user with real-time glucose readings & easier way to manage their logbooks and analyze health patterns.

FreeStyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System

A sensor worn on the back of the arm & reader that scans for a glucose profile. The water-resistant sensor is the size of two stacked 20-cent coins and can be worn for up to 14 days, collecting glucose readings day and night. Small filament inserted just under the skin continuously stores glucose in the interstitial fluid, and the whole sensor is held in place with an adhesive pad. Unlike existing CGM systems, does not require calibration through blood samples extracted by regular finger pricks.

mySugr Diabetes Logbook

No. 1 diabetes logbook app in 6 countries. Optimized for type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Quick and easy logging (meals, meds, BG’s, and more). Personalized logging screen (add, remove, and reorder fields). Smart, clear blood glucose graphs. Estimated HbA1c - so there are no more nasty surprises. Daily, weekly, and monthly analysis. Insightful data analysis. Registered (class 1) medical device. Secure data backup.

TheAACE  2016 Diabetes Algorithm By SpringerHealth

Algorithm for the comprehensive management of persons with Type2diabetes (T2D) was developed to provide clinicians with a practical guide that considers the whole patient, their spectrum of risks and complications, and evidence-based approaches to treatment. The app includes the algorithm executive summary along with informational buttons that help guide the user through an action-driven treatment pathway. The app also can be helpful other members of the patient care team in managing patients with diabetes. Further, patients can download the free app and become a greater participant in their own care.


Allurion Elipse Weight Loss Device

Procedureless gastric balloon - placed and removed without surgery, endoscopy or anesthesia. Elipse fills the stomach and assists you in feeling full and eating less. It is offered by physicians in conjunction with a medically supervised weight loss program. The Elipse balloon is made of a thin, flexible polymer film. The device is swallowed in a capsule and filled with liquid through a thin delivery catheter, which is then detached. Elipse remains in the stomach for approximately four months after which the balloon opens, allowing it to empty and pass naturally from the body. Empowers overweight & obese individuals (and their healthcare providers) to reclaim their health with a safe and effective weight loss tool. 
Best iPhone and iPad Apps for Diabetes by appPicker

We’ve come across a number of apps that have been designed to help you with the management side of things providing you with information, tracking tools, and calculators in the hopes of taking the guesswork and hassle of out of things. It may be that just one of these does the trick for you, or you may find you want a couple of them.

21.07.2016, 10:39   MedGizmo
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