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Virtual Diabetes Management
Programs and Devices to Meet Your Needs

by John Hughes

The Didget blood glucose meter from Bayer HealthCare falls more in the category of motivation than education, but it may help children keep up with their diabetes management. This meter plugs into a Nintendo DS or Nintendo DS Lite system and lets users play games whenever they check their blood glucose. It includes the Knock ‘Em Down video game and Mini Game Arcade for use with the Nintendo gaming systems.

Getting started
The number of software applications to help manage diabetes has grown enormously in recent years and continues to grow. More apps for the iPhone, in particular, are appearing every day. While many of these apps simply duplicate the functions of ones that already exist, some have adopted useful features such as compatibility with blood glucose meters and automatic syncing with Web-based software. This typically allows for more data storage and more extensive graphing and reporting capabilities than a phone app would have on its own.

How do you figure out which products are right for you? A good place to start is to try out the software supplied by your meter or pump manufacturer for a couple of weeks. If it does what you need it to do, great! If not, then figure out which features you want or need and start looking at other programs. Do you want it to run on your home computer, your smartphone, or the Internet? How much money are you willing to spend on equipment and software? Whatever your situation, chances are there is a program that is right for you.

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