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Medical Devices for Diabetes Management: The following articles answer key questions about the use and application of medical devices for diabetes patient care including:
– What do they do and how?
– What medical device options are available for diabetes management?
– When should a medical device be considered?

Can You Benefit from Using Exercise Technologies and Wearable Devices?

By Sheri R. Colberg, PhD, FACSM
What do you do when someone asks you to participate in a physical activity on the spur of the moment, but you just took some insulin? You may be stuck trying to compensate for this activity entirely with food, but you may have some newer options that come from technology. For starters, if you wear a pump you can choose to lower your basal insulin delivery, and you can use its insulin-on-board calculator to see how much insulin you need to offset with either insulin reductions or food intake. However, just using your blood glucose meter can help you stay on top of your glucose levels, so check often during the activity.

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Pump Setting Changes May Go Unnoticed

Recently a pump user reported a sudden increase in her glucose levels lasting a couple of days. Her blood sugars were elevated to 275-320mg/dL, with no ketones present.  Changing her infusion sets did not help. Nor did rotating to a new injection site or even using a fresh vial of insulin. After reviewing her insulin pump we noticed a symbol on her “home screen” saying that a special feature was running.

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Pumps vs. Daily Injections: The Future of Insulin Delivery

New technologies have the potential to revolutionize diabetes care. But what are the advantages and disadvantages of insulin pumps, vs. daily injections? How widely will they be adopted, by patients with type 2 diabetes as well as type 1? What factors will make a difference for adoption – convenience, accuracy, costs? In November, we asked you to help us examine the future of insulin delivery and find the answers to these questions. Now we’re sharing all the results with you, so that you can see for yourself how your fellow members of the diabetes community plan on using CGMs, now and in the future.

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