Call for Input: Diabetes Technology Tools

Amy Tenderich
By Amy Tenderich Latest Reply 2015-08-05 16:06:30 -0500
Started 2009-08-27 11:42:44 -0500

Hi All,

Is anyone here using any favorite Diabetes Technology Tools (other than this website)?

Some colleagues and I are doing research on this. We're especially interested in any online programs for logging your glucose test results that you might find particularly helpful.

Please share your thoughts!


12 replies

Kalisiin 2015-08-05 16:06:30 -0500 Report

One word: GoMeals!!
This app is FABULOUS!
I get a trendline on my blood glucose, right alongside an exercise log and a food diary…so I can really see what is affecting my BG levels.

DaveTeertstra 2013-05-17 18:55:51 -0500 Report

I am building a medical optical scanner, but it focuses on identifying molecules by using relations between the optical properties (reflection, refraction and absorption) and the composition and structure of matter. One task is to solve the dynamic structure of insulin using basic physics, as that gives the optical signature of the molecule, and an equation has been discovered to do exactly that. The prototype instrument has been built, but the programming is fairly complex. For details, go to or search for The Insulin Project film on

Genus 2009-11-19 23:29:17 -0600 Report

Not sure if this is strictly relevant to the topic, but I'm gonna throw it in here anyway. Feel free to move it if needed.

This isn't so much a tool as it is a question. Why hasn't there been any integration between CGMS systems & insulin pumps with mobile phones? The increasing reliance on multiple devices to effectively manage diabetes makes mobile phones seem like a perfect solution to the problem of too many devices. Newer phones have the network tools, processing power, & storage to easily handle such simple menus/calculations/interactions with insulin pumps & CGMS systems. And the resulting data from the phones could be stored in the cloud so it was viewable by the user or doctor, as well as integrating the data with other users' data streams to help aggregate & potentially do large-scale trend analysis on it.

On the surface it seems like a real game-changer for both the diabetic & the medical device establishment. So why hasn't it happened? Can anyone please fill me in on what I'm missing here? Is it a regulatory issue? If so then why haven't other countries done it?

If no company gets on this soon I may just do it myself. Or invest in a Batman-style utility belt.

Turtle 2009-10-11 23:49:37 -0500 Report

Sorry, I just saw this. My doc downloads my meter info onto her computer and I get part of the read out. I do not have the cables and info to do it but would love to give it a try for some company wanting feedback. I use an updated contour meter.


keithcrozier 2009-09-10 11:55:11 -0500 Report

Our software product, the GI Meal Planner ( allows the user to discover not only the Glycemic Index, but also carbs, protein, saturated fat, and total fat of a meal & the entire day.
It is available for the PC or Mac and the iPhone, Blackberry, Google/Android, and Nokia Ovi store, and soon the Palm Pre, Microsoft Windows Mobile, etc.

Vicrgreen 2009-09-02 22:28:46 -0500 Report

I'd think an Excel spreadsheet could do all that if you didn't particularly need it online.

So far I've just been using the logs that came with my meters and boy is there a variance in those.

Of course there is the new in home A1C tester, I've read about it but haven't tried it.

At the clinic the other day they did a new, or at least new to them, test that is similar to the A1C but uses a smaller time frame, 3 weeks instead of 3 months. I don't have a clue what it is called but they did one when they were trying to adjust my insulin last month.

Freestyle meters used to have a way to link your meter to a website but they stopped that several months ago. They might reenable it one of these days.

Harlen 2009-09-02 20:11:29 -0500 Report

I use my PDA to keep track of it from day to day
Online just takes to long to keep it posted for me

hbkunkel 2009-08-27 12:31:54 -0500 Report

Have you looked into Project Diabetes. AFter my summer travels are over I plan to use it to keep track of food, exercise, insulin and bs numbers

kdroberts 2009-08-27 12:20:23 -0500 Report

I used spark people for a while logging food. The problem I see is I want to have all the food logging capabilities of spark people and also features for logging blood sugar, exercise and medication/insulin. It would be very useful to be able to log a meal, log the amount of insulin taken, log before and after glucose readings and be able to look at the whole picture rather than log part of it here, part of it there and have some of it on your meter.

It seems that insulin pump manufactures have missed a trick. Most of them have the exact functionality I would want on their pump PDAs so sticking it on the web with some added functionality would seem to be a no brainier.