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The last century saw a real transformation in terms of diabetes management. Since the discovery of insulin and the very first injected dose to a patient in January 1922, a number of discoveries and innovative technologies have facilitated the lives of diabetics. Prior to 1922, diabetes was a fatal disease. Today, it is possible to adequately manage it.
At a time where we live with smartphones, state-of-the-art computers, and electronic tablets, it's good to know that technology also extends to the field of health. The last few decades have not only produced a number of innovative medicines, but also tools that can facilitate day-to-day life for people living with diabetes, for instance:
• super-small needles to administer insulin
• insulin pens
• insulin pumps, and
• blood glucose meters with multiple technological advantages
If you live with diabetes, you know how important it is to closely monitor your blood glucose and to adequately manage the different aspects of the disease. Today, a number of blood glucose meters (meters that make it possible to monitor blood glucose ) are available on the market. Manufacturers of these devices spare no effort to equip them with technological features that delight their users.
Generally, a good blood glucose meter should allow you to:
• obtain accurate and reliable blood glucose results.
• easily store your data as long as possible.
• detect potential problems (hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia, blood glucose trends, etc.) according to the interpretation of results.
• know what adjustments are necessary to stabilize your blood glucose.
• better control your blood glucose, and consequently, your diabetes.
Each blood glucose meter has its own technological features. Members of your pharmacy team can show you the various models and explain their differences. Most devices have this in common; although they have cutting-edge technology, they remain very easy to understand and use. If you aren't an expert in this field, don't worry. Your pharmacist or a member of the pharmacy team can answer your questions.
Here are a few examples of high-tech features that make blood glucose monitoring easy, more efficient, and interesting:
• download data on a computer, enabling you to print it in graphic format, for example
• the possibility to send data by email or text message (to your doctor, for example)
• access an integrated diabetes management software
• automatic and wireless data transmission to a smartphone
• for individuals who use an insulin pump, the possibility to control the pump with the blood glucose meter, using a two-way wireless communication system
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