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Diabetes Developments - A blog on latest developments in diabetes by David Mendosa
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A Meter for the Road

October 29th, 2008 · No Comments

One more meter for the road is a lot better than another drink. Home Diagnostics in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, just came out with the smallest blood glucose meter ever. People with diabetes now have at least three tiny meters to take along in the car, on the trail, or anywhere we go.

If you are old enough to remember Frank Sinatra’s moving rendition of “One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)” you will catch my comparison between meters and alcohol for the road. The new meter for anyone who travels is the True2go.

This unbelievably small meter is little bigger than a stack of a dozen quarters. But it weighs a lot less — 0.7 ounces, while the 12 quarters weigh 2.4 ounces.

Small Enough?
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The Trouble with Fructose

November 15th, 2007 · 21 Comments

“Fructose is a strange sugar.” That’s what I wrote here in July 2006, and I still think that it’s strange.

But I didn’t know the half of it when I wrote my earlier article about fructose. I didn’t know why it was so strange. And in this case the “why” is crucial. [Read more →]

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Posted in: Food

Clever Chek Meter

November 11th, 2007 · 2 Comments

At first glance, I liked the new Clever Chek meter. It’s aesthetically pleasing and presented (packaged) very well.

Simple Diagnostics in Williston Park, New York, the sole North American distributor of Clever Chek brand products, launched the Clever Check here in August. TaiDoc Technology Corporation in Taipei, Taiwan, is the manufacturer. [Read more →]

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Diabetes Conversation Maps

October 14th, 2007 · 1 Comment

When we discuss with others what we’re learning, we retain that new knowledge much better than when we just passively engage with the new information. Now, a diabetes organization is partnering with company that is determined to show health care professionals how to actively communicate with those of us who have diabetes. [Read more →]

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Posted in: Psychosocial

What Makes My Blood Glucose Go Up…And Down?

September 30th, 2007 · No Comments

Wearing my new Guardian REAL-Time continuous glucose monitor continues to give me a lot more help in controlling my glucose levels than I ever expected. Few people who don’t have type 1 diabetes have used continuous monitors until recently. Most of the people with type 2 who have been using them take insulin, which makes glucose control critical. [Read more →]

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Accu-Chek Smart Pix Device Reader

September 15th, 2007 · 3 Comments

At the Children with Diabetes convention at DisneyWorld in July Dr. Irl Hirsch announced that a new Accu-Chek device is the first good way that we have to measure glycemic variability, because it incorporates new low and high blood glucose indices. It’s a big step forward, but the product’s developer tells me that what it offers is something else. [Read more →]

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Remote Blood Glucose Tracking

September 2nd, 2007 · 1 Comment

It took me more than two years, but I finally got my hands on a neat little device that lets you use a standard phone line to upload information from a blood glucose meter to a secure server. Then, your health care team can review the reports and graphs to use in helping you to manage your diabetes. [Read more →]

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Less Meter is More

April 22nd, 2007 · No Comments

This weekend I happened to sit down for breakfast at our local farmers’ market with a couple of young women. I noticed that one of them was checking her blood glucose with the original FreeStyle meter and couldn’t resist striking up a conversation with her. [Read more →]

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Misdosing Insulin

March 18th, 2007 · No Comments

We have known for several years that we often miscode our blood glucose meters. Now we have scientific proof that this miscoding can cause big errors in insulin doses with potentially serious health complications. [Read more →]

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Posted in: Medication

The Non-invasive Problem

January 16th, 2007 · No Comments

One of the ways to make a non-invasive blood glucose meter that is most attractive to researchers is optical technology. It has the promise of being less painful and more affordable than our current blood glucose meters. [Read more →]

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