If you are someone who has been diagnosed with diabetes, you would know very well that in order to live fully with diabetes it’s very important to manage the condition. Diabetes management is a multi-pronged approach. The person and in fact, the caregiver need to be careful about the diet, exercise regime and medication as prescribed by the doctor and regular monitoring of glucose levels.
Today, we are fortunate that technology can play an important role in assisting us to effectively manage our diabetes by monitoring glucose levels.
How Technology Can Help In Managing Diabetes?
1. Smart Bands and watches
In order to lead a healthy lifestyle, exercise needs to be an integral part of one’s daily routine and even more if you are someone living with diabetes.
When my mom was diagnosed with diabetes a few years back, her doctor advised her to walk daily and complete at least 6k steps in a day. She had thought that she might be unconsciously covering these many steps doing her daily chores. But the doctor advised that she must complete the target steps more consciously. We got a smart band for her that tracks her steps. Smart bands and watches with daily step trackers definitely help in leading a more conscious life and getting adequate exercise.
2. Monitoring Glucose Levels
For someone living with diabetes, it is crucial to keep a track of your glucose levels. This is important as it can help you and your doctor in understanding the effects of any medication, daily activities and various foods on your glucose levels.
Usually, blood sugar levels are tested via a blood sample that can be obtained by pricking one’s finger. This process can be very overwhelming as I have seen it with my mother. Obviously, pricks are painful. And doing this repeatedly (on a daily basis in some cases) to regularly monitor the glucose levels can take a psychological toll on the person.
But thanks to the advancements in technology, we now have something that can help in tracking glucose levels without the painful pricks.
3. Freestyle Libre, a revolutionary Continuous Glucose Monitoring device
I recently attended a Facebook live event where I heard model turned actor Jay Bhanushali talk about a revolutionary product that helps you track your glucose levels without finger pricks. Read here
This device is called Freestyle Libre and it is a revolutionary product in the sense that it measures your glucose levels on a continuous basis without any hassles and letting you live your life fully.
How Does FreeStyle Libre work?
FreeStyle Libre comes with a sensor and a reader. The sensor can be applied on the back of your upper arm and it can be worn continuously for up to 14 days. To get a reading of your glucose levels, the reader can be swiped on the sensor and it displays your glucose readings immediately.
It is a very quick painless process and can be carried out even through your clothing. I have never seen a product that is so discreet that you can use it even while outdoors.
In fact, it is waterproof, and the person using it can take a bath without worrying and even go for a swim.
Another good thing is that it can automatically save your glucose readings. You can take up to 1440 readings in a single day and all your data from the past 90 days are stored on the device. You can easily share this data with your doctor who can check whether your medication needs adjustments.
I also found out that FreeStyle Libre can be used for both type 1 and type 2 diabetes and is safe for pregnant women.
I got FreeStyle Libre for my parents and my husband as well and they have been able to understand and use it with ease.
I’m a caregiver and FreeStyle Libre is a total game changer for our family. It has made our lives simpler and pain free (at least from the pricks).
Thanks to technologies like these, the world is getting better!
You can know more about continuous glucose monitoring here.
Buy FreeStyle Libre here.