How technology is helping Diabetics self-manage in 2019

The self-management of Diabetes is about to get a whole lot easier thanks to new and innovative products from Insulet and Dexcom. Are they expensive, and do they truly work to manage the disease?
Omnipod Horizon Insulin Management Closed-Loop system, available soon from Insulet Corporation.
Omnipod Horizon Insulin Management Closed-Loop system, available soon from Insulet Corporation. Photo: Insulet

A difficult task made simple

Living with Diabetes is a very difficult task – but now, it’s been made worlds easier for those fighting and living with Type 1 Diabetes. Thanks to innovations made available through a company known as Insulet, and a company known as Dexcom, self-Diabetes management is easier than ever – with just the push of a few buttons.

Insulet is a Diabetic medical device company located in Acton, Massachusetts, where they are constantly in the development of new and exciting products to make the management of Type 1 Diabetes easier, better, and more tolerable.

With their new and innovative technologies, such as the Omnipod Horizon and Omnipod Dash system, the dispersion and control of insulin are easier than ever before. Utilizing a Personal Diabetes Manager, otherwise known as a PDM, which is a handheld device, the Diabetic, known as a ‘Podder’ in the Omnipod world, wears an Omnipod – a pod filled with 200 units of insulin – and will continuously receive their suggested basal rate over the duration of 24 hours.

In addition, the patients utilizing this technology can give bolus doses for carbs and food eaten, corrective doses for high blood sugars, and they can track their insulin management with the push of a button on their PDM.

If the Podder would like, the information transmitted between the PDM and user can also be synched to their smartphone via the Glooko app, available in the App Store or Google Play.

The Omnipod Dash Insulin System, available from Insulet Corp.
The Omnipod Dash Insulin System, available from Insulet Corp. Photo: Insulet

Cost is a non-factor

The price has yet to be revealed regarding the Horizon system. However, one of their Dash PDM systems will run about $200. The Omnipods themselves, which are the capsules worn and filled with insulin, are purchased monthly and contain a month’s worth of product. Each pod is wearable for 3 days and is then thrown away. Patients would say it’s money well spent for the peace of mind these devices provide.

If a patient would like to order directly from Insulet, and they are unable to make the full payment up-front for any of their devices, the company will normally work with them to develop a repayment plan that will suit their budget.

How data is shared and stored

Data can be shared via the Glooko app and website with providers, making changes to the settings within the PDM and continuous insulin delivery system easier and more seamless than ever. What used to warrant a trip to the doctor’s office is now able to be handled via phone and internet. Changes can be made to the PDM directly with the doctor’s input.

New products and device development

New technological advances from the company in the way of the Omnipod Horizon, which is still in development, are on the horizon. The Omnipod Horizon will be a closed-loop system that will be capable of working together with the Dexcom Continuous Glucose Monitoring System. Otherwise known as a CGM, this system checks a Diabetic’s blood sugar continuously every 5 minutes, providing real-time readings sent directly to yet another handheld PDM device separate from the Omnipod PDM. Currently, the two aren’t capable of working together – but as soon as this product is released, this will be the first of it’s kind.

These devices not only make a Diabetic’s life so much easier, but it also makes the lives of parents and caregivers worlds easier as well. Where a parent used to have to wake up all hours of the night, the Dexcom is capable of sounding alerts that are loud enough to be heard across a house if a child’s blood sugar drops too low or rises too high. These devices allow parents to rest at night, which for a parent of a Diabetic, means the world.

Many medical technological advances have been made in just the last 5 years alone in the way of the management of Diabetes, but these devices are by far the most advanced products on the market for the self-care and management of Diabetes.

The Dexcom G6 Continuous Glucose Monitoring System, available from Dexcom.
The Dexcom G6 Continuous Glucose Monitoring System, available from Dexcom. Photo: Dexcom

Hope abounds for a cure

As medical research marches on, another innovative product on the horizon from Insulet is the artificial pancreas, which will completely change the entire game if approved after test trials.

Diabetes is a challenging chronic disease. Medical advances and these incredible technologies are being unveiled all the time. Lives are being changed.

People who are living with diabetes are looking forward to the day when their disease can be completely eradicated. Funding and research are happening all the time. For now, these devices make life a whole lot easier.

What are your thoughts on the Omnipod and Dexcom products? Have you or anyone you know used them? We would love to hear what you think in a comment below.

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