For the last year, Diabetes Self-Management has been following all the new innovations and products aimed at helping to improve the lives of those living with diabetes. From the latest glucometers and monitoring systems to insulin pumps, pens and treatments, several major advancements made their impact on the diabetes community in 2016.

When selecting some of the new products, we first talked to Gary Scheiner, MS, CDE, clinical director of Integrated Diabetes Services of Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. Scheiner, known as the MacGyver of diabetes products, has lived with Type 1 diabetes for more than 30 years. He tries out new products before recommending them to patients. “It’s important to see new products from the user’s point of view, not just from the [health-care practitioner’s] side of things,” said Scheiner.

In 2016, the pace of innocation continued to race ahead with unbelievable technology right out of a Star Trek episode. The growing use of smartphone technology and mobile applications has led to better access to blood glucose readings, general health information, and much more. Read on to learn about the newest products. We guarantee you there’s something here for everyone, whether you live with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes.

In this installment, we look at mobile apps, glucose gel, and sweetener that have recently or are expected to soon hit the market.

MOBILE APPS

DietSensor is the first nutritional coaching app to help better manage chronic conditions like diabetes. Available since late last year, DietSensor tracks intake of macronutrients such as carbs, fat, protein, and calories through your smartphone. using a tine molecular sensor that’s about the size of a 9-volt battery. DietSensor scans the cells of homogeneous foods like mashed potatoes, as long as the internal composition and surface of the food are the same. The scanner also works with homemade dishes without a nutritional label. It’s even possible to detect cooking ingredients, such as the butter on your pasta or the cooking oil on your meat. A food catalog of more than 600,000 items is also available. Furthermore, the app can track physical activity, weight, and hydration.

SOURCE: Written by Paul Wynn. Published on March 22,2017. Retrieved from https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/diabetes-resources/tools-tech/new-diabetes-products-2017-apps-glucose-gel-sweetener/.