It’s a new year, and that means new diabetes technology coming onto the market. Some of these technologies are brand new, while others came out so late last year that you maybe haven’t heard of them yet. New, cutting-edge diabetes technology can offer more convenience, improved precision, and a better ability to manage your blood glucose levels. Here’s diabetes technology you should consider in 2019 to help you manage your diabetes.
1. Omnipad DASH Insulin Pump
This low-profile, tubeless insulin pump holds up to 200 units of insulin and can be worn on the skin. The waterproof pump itself is known as the Pod and comes with a handheld controller known as the Personal Diabetes Manager (PDM). The system connects wirelessly to Bluetooth and sends information directly to the companion Omnipad Display app where you can then share information with up to 12 friends or family members. The pump delivers continuous insulin therapy through customizable basal rates and bolus amounts.
2. Diabeloop’s Hybrid Closed Loop System
Commonly called the DBLG1, this hybrid closed loop system will launch in France in early 2019 followed by other European countries. This device connects three components: a continuous glucose monitor (CGM), patch insulin pump, and a handset which hosts Diabeloop algorithm and user interface. The system works by measuring blood glucose levels every five minutes, transmitting the information to the handset via Bluetooth, and analyzing the data by taking into account the user’s physiology, history, meals, and exercise to determine the correct dose of insulin to deliver.
3. InPen for Android
This diabetes technology has been available to iOS users since 2017, but it’s finally becoming available to Android users as well. InPen works like a traditional insulin pen, except it connects to Bluetooth, tracks each dose, and delivers the data directly to your smartphone. The companion app stores up to a year of data, allowing you and your doctors to see trends in your blood glucose levels.
4. t:slim X2 Insulin Pump
This insulin pump features Basal-I.Q. Technology and prevents hypoglycemia by predicting when blood glucose levels will drop below 80 mg/dl. Once glucose levels rise, the pump resumes insulin delivery. One study shows that users of this device spend 31 percent less time with low blood glucose compared to those who don’t use this predictive system.
5. MiniMed 670G Insulin Pump
This insulin pump from Medtronic is special because it’s the first of its kind to be approved for children between 7 and 13 years old. Medtronic was the first company to feature a hybrid closed loop system, meaning an insulin pump that can adjust insulin amounts based on CGM readings. Like other insulin pumps, this pump suspends insulin delivery 30 minutes before your glucose levels drop too low and resumes delivery when levels rise again.
6. SugarBEAT CGM
This device bucks the industry standard of long-wear CGM patches. The patches for this device are coin sized, changed daily, and work with a rechargeable transmitter worn on the skin. The device measures blood glucose levels every five minutes, and the transmitter delivers results to your smartphone, tablet, watch, or stand-alone reader. It works by passing low-level electrical currents across the skin, drawing glucose molecules into the patch’s chamber where blood glucose is measured and transmitted to the device. It’s cheaper than many competitors and expected to receive FDA approval in the first half of 2019.
7. Eversense CGM
Eversense is the first long-term CGM system to use a fully implantable sensor. Doctors implant the sensor by first numbing the upper part of your arm and inserting the sensor under the skin where it can be left for up to 90 days. A removable, rechargeable transmitter is worn on the skin and sends glucose levels directly to your smartphone. The companion app issues alerts when your blood glucose levels get too high or too low. Even if you don’t have your phone nearby, the transmitter itself will issue an alert to warn you of highs or low.
8. FreeStyle Libre CGM
This CGM’s sensor has the longest life of any device on the market. It’s slightly more accurate than previous models and virtually eliminates the need for fingerstick tests. The system features optional, customizable alarms for low glucose and high glucose levels, and will notify you through sound or vibration if the system loses signal. Abbott, the maker of the FreeStyle Libre, hopes to gain FDA approval sometime in 2019.
9. Dexcom G6 CGM
This was the first FDA-approved CGM that communicates with insulin pump to adjust the level of insulin based on CGM readings. The G6 model is approved to use as a stand-alone device and doesn’t require fingerstick tests to calibrate readings. Similar to other CGMs, G6 automatically sends all readings to your smart device every five minutes. Even better, sensors can now be worn for 10 days, and the device can issue Predictive Low Alerts to indicate dangerously low blood sugar levels.
10. Guardian Connect CGM
This CGM may appeal to people who inject insulin because it works independently of any insulin delivery system. The system offers predictive alerts 10 to 60 minutes before glucose levels reach highs or lows. Alerts are sent directly to your smartphone, and readings can be stored on your phone. The system also includes Sugar I.Q. which helps you understand your daily glucose trends and patterns.