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Abbott today announced that its new FreeStyle InsuLinx Blood Glucose Monitoring System is now available in diabetes centres and select pharmacies across Canada. It is the first blood glucose monitoring device in North America that offers a mealtime insulin calculator for calculating suggested insulin doses.

The iBGStar is available in the US. Sanofi-Aventis announced in an e-mail today that the long awaiting iBGSTAR, the first blood glucose meter that attaches directly to the Apple iPhone, is available from Walgreens, Diabetic Care Services and Apple. Prices range (without insurance) from $71.99 (Diabetic Care Services) to $99 (Apple).

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In talking with FreeStyle customer service, they told me to use different control solution ranges than what was printed on the Test Strip Vial. Call Abbott to verify your test ranges are correct. (888) 522-5226.

New FreeStyle InsuLinx Blood Glucose Meter from Abbott Diabetes Care receives FDA Clearance.
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Update: The Insulinx meter is expected to be available in early May. Strips are available in April in 50 ct only. They look very similar to the current FreeStyle strips but they are not cross compatible.

Blood Glucose Meter Study shows which meters better adapt to varying Hematocrit Levels - Nerdy
Update to the above study. I was warned that test strips will change in their accuracy once the bottle is open. Compounds on the strip react with oxygen and a week after opening at least one major brand was less accurate..
I wonder if those test use brand new strips or strips that have been opened 4-6 time a day with fingers poking in the bottle?

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Accu-Chek 360°® IR/USB cable and software from Roche

Lose It! - Weight management App

MyNetdiary - Weight Management App

iBGSTAR - iPhone App - Online Diabetic Logbook - Online Diabetic Logbook

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OneTouch® Diabetes Management Software from LifeScan

OneTouch® UltraSmart Blood Glucose meter

TRUEmanager™ Diabetes Management Software by Nipro Diagnostics

Track3 - Diabetes Care App

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LogFrog DB - Mobile iPhone App For Diabetes Management

Diabetes Pilot- PC and iPhone Combo
I gave the iPhone app a mixed review as a standalone product, but when combined with the PC Desktop software, this duo of diabetes management software provides diabetics with the tools to improve their diabetes care.

Hello, My name is Todd and I have type 2 diabetes. I review and rate products and services for diabetes care. I love technology and have used blood glucose meters and management software for years. I also have strong opinions about how these products should work, and I want to share what I have learned about all the cool stuff available to help you improve your diabetes care.

I will review, rate and compare glucose meters that connect to your computer, apps for your mobile devices for logging carbs, medication and blood sugars and lots of other geeky stuff too.

I only write blood glucose meter reviews after using a meter but I will comment on any meter, app, software or service if I feel they don't meet my standards of moving diabetes care management forward. If a product or service is good, I will tell you. If it sucks, I will tell you that too.

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Boston, MA—In a new study, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) have found that eating processed meat, such as bacon, sausage or processed deli meats, was associated with a 42% higher risk of heart disease and a 19% higher risk of type 2 diabetes. In contrast, the researchers did not find any higher risk of heart disease or diabetes among individuals eating unprocessed red meat, such as from beef, pork, or lamb. This work is the first systematic review and meta-analysis of the worldwide evidence for how eating unprocessed red meat and processed meat relates to risk of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes.

According to a new study published in the British Medical Journal, regularly eating white rice significantly increases the risk of Type 2 diabetes.

The authors from the Harvard School of Public Health looked for evidence of the association between eating white rice and Type 2 diabetes in previous studies and research. The new study focuses on finding a direct link between the risk and the amount of rice eaten. This study also seeks to determine if the risk of Type 2 diabetes is greater in Asian countries, whose diet consists of more white rice than westerners.

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