Just as innovation and modern scientific advances have dramatically changed our way of life, banking, shopping, etc, it is now transforming the treatment of incurable diseases such as diabetes. The modern technologies that are being employed in treating diabetes have made life easier for people suffering from both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.
Using devices with needles/pins for the testing of blood sugar levels is not only a difficult process but painful as well. Regularly testing your blood sugar helps you make informed decisions about what to eat, how much to exercise, and keep your insulin balance in check.
CGM (Continuous Glucose Monitoring) helps you in getting rid of the painful needles. It allows you to measures your blood sugar levels using a tiny sensor tucked inside the skin of your arm or belly. It then displays the results on your smartphone or some other compatible device.
With the introduction of CGM, the stick or strip-based devices are slowly becoming obsolete, but nonetheless, it requires a little needle to penetrate the skin. Some products like the sugarBEAT CGM attempted to measure the blood sugar levels via a patch placed on the skin. But it was not viable and is no longer available in the US. Aerbetic is another promising device that measures blood sugar levels, but it’s still in the testing phases.
The future of the traditional insulin pumps is an automated, closed-loop system, also known as an artificial pancreas since it mimics the actual pancreas. Within this system, a CGM constantly checks on your blood sugar level at all times. The pump then uses an algorithm to determine whether you need insulin to lower your blood sugar or glucagon (a hormone that releases sugar from the liver) to raise sugar levels in the body. Based on the information it receives from the body, the pump automatically delivers the right dose of the respective hormone to maintain the blood sugar levels.
Smart Pens are among the latest trends of devices that have the dual functions of insulin delivery along with sharing dosage data across different devices and platforms. InPen is a relatively newer product in this category that employs Bluetooth connectivity with a smartphone app to track your insulin levels and the required dose at any given time. Similarly, NovoPen is another new device that can provide insulin delivery in increments of half-unit doses. This allows you to precisely fine-tune the insulin dose amount according to your specific need.
With modern medicine advancing with leaps and bounds, there are a lot of options for diabetic patients to choose from when it comes to medications. First, let’s discuss Saxenda, which aids the beta cells in the body and helps them control and normalize the blood sugar levels. As a result, when the blood sugar levels are high, the beta cells release insulin immediately. Saxenda works best for people with Type 2 diabetes and is readily available for online purchase in the United States.
Ozempic is another injection that is used to control diabetes. It is a noninsulin-based medication that helps reduce the amount of sugar the liver releases. It helps in raising the amount of insulin released from the pancreas. Ozempic costs around $899 per 1.5ml.
Trulicity is another beneficial medication used to treat diabetes. It stimulates the natural production of insulin in the body. It also slows down digestion and helps in releasing glucagon when needed. Trulicity costs around $20 - $30 for a month’s worth of dosage.
You can also try Myrbetriq for diabetes medication. It keeps blood sugar levels in check by increasing glucose metabolism. If you suffer from severe and uncontrolled hypertension, we would not recommend this medicine. Myrbetriq costs somewhere between $450 - $550.
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