Get Smart: Prevent or Manage Diabetes With Your Smartphone

December 17, 2014 3:52 PM

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A man with diabetes approaches the dinner table, clutching the shirt pocket over his heart. Is he reaching for a business card? Fishing for a photo of his kids to show his companions? Pulling out a pack of cigarettes? No -- it's his "smart" phone, which he uses to consult a food database, count carbohydrates, log and track his carb and food consumption, and monitor the other factors that help him maintain a balanced blood glucose level and lead a healthy life.

More than 29 million Americans have diabetes, a group of diseases marked by too much glucose, or sugar, in the bloodstream due to problems with how the body produces or uses insulin. Five percent of these individuals have Type 1 diabetes, formerly called juvenile-onset diabetes, for which no known p...

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