All of us who have diabetes need some devices to help us manage. But each of us need different devices.
Every one of us needs a blood glucose meter. Some of us need continuous glucose monitors, insulin pens, and insulin pumps. But depending on our individual differences we need different makes and models of these devices.
We are lucky to have a wide variety of devices to choose from. About 40 companies offer us about 100 different blood glucose meters. These meters are more and more sophisticated, but the shear number of choices we have can be daunting while still being a good thing for our individuality.
That one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to picking a diabetes device is the main message of a great new article by Gary Scheiner. He is a Certified Diabetes Educator who helps his clients through Integrated Diabetes Services in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia.
Many people who have never had the opportunity to work with Gary at his clinic know him as the author of Think Like a Pancreas (first edition 2004, revised edition 2012). My review of the first edition started like this:
“I laughed out loud when I opened the package containing Think Like a Pancreas. With a title that flip I didn’t expect much. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Actually, the title makes sense, because it clearly reflects the author’s breezy style. Further, the style is paired with a greater depth of information on taking insulin than in anything else I have ever read. There is a lot that I didn’t know before and even more that I knew but not the reasons why.”
Gary’s new article about diabetes devices can help even more people than those of us who take insulin injections. His article appears in the July issue of Clinical Diabetes, a professional publication of the American Diabetes Association.
But unlike almost every article that I have read in professional publications Gary’s article is both professional and clearly written. You can read the full-text of his article online at “Matching Patients to Devices: Diabetes Products Are Not One-Size-Fits-All.”
After you read it, my guess is that you will decide to get a new blood glucose meter or other diabetes device. That would be a good thing.
HealthCentral published an earlier version of this article.