Diabetes Blog Week: Fantasy Device

Today let’s tackle an idea inspired by Bennet of Your Diabetes May Vary. Tell us what your Fantasy Diabetes Device would be? Think of your dream blood glucose checker, delivery system for insulin or other meds, magic carb counter, etc. etc. etc. The sky is the limit – what would you love to see?

Remember how I mentioned pens needles as one thing to improve? Well, I wish that pen manufacturers would make it THEIR one thing to improve.

An insulin pen is an ingeniously simple device. Screw on the needle, remove cap, dial up your dose, inject, and poof! Life-sustaining medication delivered, without having to carry around huge vials of insulin, big scary syringes, or being connected to a pump.

The problem is, simplicity comes at the expense of precision. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve injected only to feel a damp spot on my skin afterwards. Or seen insulin drip from the needle tip afterwards. Or injected with a pen that was nearly out and discover later that there was, in fact, no insulin delivered. A droplet doesn’t LOOK like a lot, but that’s a couple of units and a blood sugar of 268 right there.

So I’ve got a simple request to the device makers out there. I’m not necessarily asking for a cure, and artificial pancreas, or a magic carb reader (although those would be AWESOMETASTIC). I just want an insulin pen that I can use with confidence…and maybe half units, too.

Are you listening, Novo Nordisk?

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