Diabetes. 2.9 million people in the U.S. (almost 10% of the population!) have type 2 diabetes. One in three U.S. adults have prediabetes, meaning their blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as a diabetic. Seniors are at an especially high risk due to weight gain (not as many calories are needed as you get older) and decreased cell function.
Those are the facts. Pretty bleak. But technological advances are working to make diabetes more manageable for those who are affected. The treatments for type 2 diabetes are cumbersome: blood sugar checks throughout the day, adjusting food intake due to those blood sugar levels and then there are the medications. Making it easier for sufferers to treat their condition has become big technology business.
Phone and tablet apps for health have become so popular that organizations like healthline rank the best of the best each year. Diabetes apps even have their own category. Apps like Diabetic Connect and Diabetes Logbook allow users to track their blood sugar levels, food intake, choose from healthy food and fitness options and even connect with others who suffer from diabetes. Diabetic Connect, the virtual community for diabetics says the social interaction is important for sufferers, allowing people to talk about the challenges with people who know, even if they're miles apart.
High-Tech Blood Sugar Levels
Machines called continuous glucose monitors (CGM) are becoming more and more prevalent. Using a patch, they can get glucose readings directly from your skin every five minutes of so - say goodbye to frequent finger pokes! Some can even transmit those results directly to a health professional for evaluation. The technology doesn’t stop there, Google has been in development of a contact lens that would monitor blood sugar levels. Amazing!