I was surfin the internet and found this article on an new insulin they are coming out with... Some may have heard this, but new to me..
Insulin pumps, which use a catheter placed just under the skin, are ideal for people with Type I diabetes because they allow them to match insulin levels to their lifestyle without injections. However, only a small percentage of diabetics use them. Insulin pumps are often bulky, inconvenient and fit more in a hospital setting than on a person 24/7. Tandem Diabetes Care created t:slim, an insulin delivery system that looks more like a smart phone than a medical device.
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Compared to traditional insulin pumps, t:slim is 25 percent thinner and the first device of its kind to have touch screen technology. It also features a rechargeable battery and USB connectivity to keep up with levels for 90 days on t:connect, the device’s web-based management software. Because the device just receive FDA approval, it still needs to build up its business operations, but Tandem hopes to launch it in the first half of 2012.
Credit: Tandem Diabetes Care
Sleeker, Slimmer Insulin Pumps Will Improve the Lives of Diabetics
Insulin pumps can be an easier way to deal with type 1 diabetes, but only 20 to 30 percent of the country who rely on insulin use them because they're usually not very discreet. The t:slim, however, looks as sleek as a smartphone, and even features a touchscreen UI so it's easier to carry and less conspicuous to use in public.
About as large as a credit card, the t:slim is 25 percent thinner than traditional insulin pumps, measuring about as thick as your average smartphone. It uses a rechargeable battery and replaceable insulin cartridges for both bolus (a fast acting large dose) and basal (a low continuous dose) deliveries, while a full color touchscreen display makes it easier to navigate settings menus and monitor its performance. And besides charging, a micro-USB port allows usage data and statistics for the past 90 days to be uploaded to a website so users can monitor their progress and better manage their condition.
But since the t:slim was only just approved by the FDA, diabetics finally willing to make the switch from needle injections are going to have to wait until the middle of next year while the company behind the new pump works to get their product support infrastructure in place.