November is National Diabetes Month. A fact I’m acutely aware of because my best friend and her sweet baby girl have been bravely battling the disease for almost a year. When I first heard the news I dove head first into reading everything I could about it. I wanted to try to understand what she might be going through, although I know I never could.
Did you know, the CDC says 29 million people in the US have been diagnosed with diabetes? That’s a staggering amount of people who face serious health issues related to diabetes such as heart disease, stroke, blindness and kidney disease. Here’s some quick info:
There are three main types of diabetes: type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes (diabetes while pregnant, which can put the pregnancy and baby at risk and lead to type 2 diabetes later). With type 1 diabetes, your body can’t make insulin (a hormone that regulates blood sugar), so you need to take it every day. Type 1 diabetes is less common than type 2 diabetes; about 5% of the people who have diabetes have type 1. Currently, no one knows how to prevent type 1 diabetes.
Most diabetics have to check their blood sugars regularly to make sure their levels don’t spike or plummet and cause adverse effects. I recently discovered a company called Dario Health whose goal is to make it easier for diabetics to check their sugar levels right on their smartphone.
The Dario All-In-One Smart Glucose Meter is a personalized, pocket-sized, all-in-one digital glucose meter coupled with a mobile app (iOS/Android) to manage diabetes quickly, efficiently and accurately. Individuals are able to track their insulin levels during the day through the add-on device to a smart phone, while parents are able to monitor in real-time.
- easily track insulin doses
- hypo alert system for emergency text with a GPS location if blood sugar hits below a certain level
- log carbs and calories with Dario‘s food database
- receive reminders and manage their lifestyle choices
Even though there is no cure for diabetes, my hope is that a tool like this would make life a little easier for people who are battling this awful disease. Dario is currently offering a 50% off promo ($39.99), which included their DarioStarter Pack+ for $39.99 (normally $79.99), which includes the Dario meter and 100 test strips.
But, I’ve partnered with Dario to GIVEAWAY 5 Dario All-In-One Smart Glucose Meters! Just enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below and I will pick 5 people at random by 12/6/2016 to receive one of these meters. You can find out more information about the Dario Smart Glucose Meter at mydario.com