Medtronic now offers a monitor that will track glucose levels, but the device still needs to be calibrated using finger pricking several times a day. Phillips is at the forefront of insulin research and they claim that a fully functional artificial pancreas will be on the market in the coming years. This device would essentially operate like a healthy functioning pancreas for diabetic individuals regulating glucose and administering insulin as needed. For now, Phillips has unveiled a diabetes management app that seeks to bring health tracking for diabetics into the modern era. This app isn’t the only one on the market today, in fact there are many apps ranging in prices available to help track information for diabetics.
Wearables for diabetes will be the next big thing to help treat the disease, although the major challenge will be getting consumers to trust and depend on the products. As mentioned before, aid devices for diabetics will not produce immediate results for the patients, making it hard to ensure they are working.
There has even been advancement in a device that does not require finger pricks to monitor glucose levels, however one Kickstarter campaign was only 6% funded. Along with other non-invasive glucose monitoring, Dexcom is developing wireless contacts that will work in conjunction with Alphabet’s health tracking system, Verily. The medical and technology field is starting to take ahold of the diabetes industry and there will be new hope for diabetics hoping to get away from painful injections and finger pricks.
A lot can be accomplished in the diabetes technology industry when the collective of medical minds focus their attention on creating better solutions for patients. It is forecasted that within the next 10 years or so diabetes may become a treatable disease with the addition of the artificial pancreas and other technological capabilities. It is likely that you or someone you know has diabetes, so be sure to let them know that there will be easier methods coming in the future, and they will not have to struggle for too much longer.