A Sleeker, Lighter Insulin Pump
CREDIT: Tandem Diabetes Care
For people with Type I diabetes an insulin pump is often a good way to manage their blood sugar levels, but most models are bulky and better suited to a hospital setting. Now there’s another option, sleeker, slimmer and more importantly easier to use. Tandem Diabetes Care, based in San Diego, has come up with t:slim, which looks like a smartphone and has a simple touch screen interface.
The device offers either a fast acting large dose, called bolus, or slow continuous dose, called basal. It has easily replaceable cartridges of insulin and a USB connection to upload data to a PC, using a program called t:connect that works with most browsers as well as popular blood glucose meters. This is very useful for people that need a report on blood glucose and insulin levels over time.
The Food and Drug Administration only recently approved t:slim, so it isn’t on sale yet -- the company says it will launch in the first half of 2012.
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