Lifesaving Wearable Technology

Innovation May 13, 2015

Following is a great example of how ever improving technology is actually improving and in some cases saving lives. This is about the increasing popularity of so called wearable technology and how it is making a difference in quite a few people’ lives.

Yes, it is certainly true that more often than not you hear the phrase ‘wearable technology’ you are more likely than not to think of those marathon runners, the elite athletes that compete in Triathlons and the like. Yet, there is another side to wearable technology that is only now starting to become mainstream.

This time around, the wearable technology is designed specifically for those with diabetes. As you must have heard, Diabetes is on the rise, especially in the United States. According to statistics reported by the Center For Disease Control (CDC), in 2014 there were reportedly nearly 30 million Americans diagnosed with diabetes.

Those with diabetes face the never ending challenge of constantly checking and monitoring their own conditions. They have to be on top of their blood sugar levels so as to know how much insulin to take and when, how much and how many carbohydrates they can reasonably consume in one meal or even how much their targeted blood sugar level will change after an exercise period.

The big challenge with monitoring blood sugar is that there are so many factors that could influence the levels throughout the day. More troubling is the very real fact that at times there is no clear answer on how much insulin is needed at any one point in time. Worse still, considering that at this point in time there is in fact no cure for diabetes, those with diabetes must be constantly on the alert for blood sugar highs or lows.

As you might well imagine, all of this back and forth can be tedious to monitor and maintain. In other words, a modern health problem just begging for a practical solution. Thankfully, signs are that a solution is here.

The solution is that of wearable technology as hinted at above. In this case, it is a combination of wearable technology paired with specialized apps to take care of all of this monitoring and dosing math behind the scenes. The app gathers data on glucose, food, insulin and exercise activity. The app then crunches the numbers and displays the data in a relational data display.

Bottom line: wearable technology is now proving itself in real world health care apps.


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