Smartphone monitoring system puts diabetics, parents at ease

by Sarah Forgany / KENS 5. Posted on February 9, 2012 at 10:00 PM.

SAN ANTONIO — Diabetes impacts the lives of nearly 26 million Americans and is the fourth leading cause of death in Bexar County, according to the Texas Diabetes Institute.

That’s 12 percent of the population. Even more of a concern is the process of managing the disease can sometimes be overwhelming. But these days, modern technology is making it much easier.

One of the newest devices is the Telcare blood glucose monitoring system, a one of a kind meter that uses wireless service to speak to the iPhone, iPad and doctors in just seconds. It also notifies family members through text messaging, which is something 28-year-old Megan Casey wishes she had while growing up.

“My parents were scared,” Casey said.

Childhood wasn’t always easy for Casey. She worried about everything she ate, everything she played and every day she went to school.

“I think any parent that has a child with type 1 (diabetes) worries when their child is at school,” she said. “Activity can send your blood sugar down.”

It was a life changing discovery. Casey was only 8 years old when she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Read Full Article