Getting accurate blood glucose readings has been fairly easy for the last couple decades. Easy, that is as long as you don’t mind those annoying little pokes each time you have to check your blood sugar readings. However, accurately tracking those readings over time has been a trying and time-consuming process. Diabeto changes the status quo and makes blood sugar level monitoring over time as easy as plugging in a set of headphones.
Accurate Blood Sugar Readings are Necessary for Proper Control
If you have diabetes, you’ve got to be able to obtain accurate blood glucose readings in order to know how you’re doing. Medical science has thankfully given us blood sugar/glucose meters that make obtaining accurate blood sugar measurements easy, even if there is a little pain involved. These readings are important to help you know whether you need to get something to eat, what that something to eat should be, and whether or not you need to medicate.
Tracking Blood Glucose Readings over Time
There are a number of reasons that your doctor may ask for you to track your blood glucose readings over a period of time. Your medication or its dosage may have been changed. You may have been given a special diet to follow for a period of time. In order to see if either of these is having an effect and whether that effect is positive or negative you need to be able to track your blood sugar over time. Seeing how much the readings fluctuate throughout the day and over time will help you and your doctor come up with a more effective treatment plan.
The Old Way of Tracking is Faulty Over Time
The old way of record keeping was to write down the reading in a notebook. However, although there have been thousands of people that have successfully used this method of tracking blood sugar readings, it’s faulty. Forget to write down a reading. Lose the notebook. Leave the notebook in your clothes and wash it. These are all ways that the old way of writing it all down is faulty.
Last Decade’s Method is Also Faulty
With the introduction and proliferation of computers, people moved to tracking their blood glucose readings on their computers. I’ve seen Excel spreadsheets and even whole programs dedicated to this. However, these are also faulty. You can forget to note a reading that was taken. You can accidentally delete the file. Your hard drive could become corrupted or crash. There are numerous ways for this important data to be lost.
Last Year’s Method is Now Obsolete
The last couple of years I’ve had a few friends ask me to take a look at a few mobile apps that have come out for tracking blood glucose readings. They’re pretty good. Most of them protect your data by either allowing you to perform periodic backups or by storing your data securely on the cloud. These apps are great because they allow you so much more flexibility than previous methods of tracking. You can use tags with measurements so you have an idea of what type of activity you were performing or what kind of food you had. Some even use your readings to give you dietary and activity suggestions. However, they’re still obsolete as of now, thanks to Diabeto.
What is Diabeto?
In short, Diabeto is the future of tracking blood sugar readings. As far as I can see, the only downside of the product is that it’s another product, hardware device, for you to keep track of. However, if you keep it with your glucometer, you shouldn’t have a problem.
Diabeto is a small device and mobile app combination, available mainly through an Indiegogo campaign page. The device looks something like what many diabetes and heart health groups use to symbolize blood-basically a pink blood droplet. The device has a plug that resembles a stereo headphone plug and works with most meters on the market. Diabeto wirelessly transfers the readings to its accompanying app quickly and easily. If you own an Accuckeck Glucometer, it doesn’t have the headphone jack on the side but does have an infrared transmitter which means you’ll need to pick up the Diabeto IR Jacket.
How Does It Work?
It’s actually incredibly simple. Download and install the app. Pair the device with the phone/app. Take your blood sugar reading. Plug Diabeto into the port on your meter and press the button. The device will connect to the app on your mobile device and upload the readings from your meter. You will then be able to edit the data, adding tags, time taken info, and other useful tidbits of information.
Now is when things get interesting and cool. Once the data is imported to the app and collated, if the phone has an active Internet connection, it will push that data to a HIPAA-compliant cloud server so you can be assured that your data is always there. Now you can bring that data up on the dedicated (and also HIPAA-compliant) Diabeto web app on your mobile device or computer. If you own a Pebble Watch, the data is also available there.
A Little About the Diabeto App
The Diabeto app and web interface/application are really cool. You can easily give your doctor login authority, so they can keep a closer eye on you. Parents can easily keep track of readings taken by children and the elderly. Those with vision problems don’t have to worry about not being able to see the screen on their glucometer. The Diabeto dongle runs in the neighborhood of about 60 bucks, while the app and web interface are free.