Helping you keep track when caring for someone with diabetes
Do you care for someone with diabetes?
If you answered yes, then you know what is involved. Almost every
aspect of a person’s life is affected by having diabetes, so being a
caregiver is no small task. Novo Nordisk has introduced new smart
insulin pens that help keep track of the injection time, size and type
of insulin taken per day. Giving you some added support that makes
caring for someone with diabetes, a little easier.
When caring for someone with diabetes, you have to:
keep their sugar levels on target
measure their sugar
regulate their insulin doses
guide them in
making healthy lifestyle choices
Young people with diabetes – can you help them keep up and keep track?
If you are in charge of a determined toddler, a lively 9-year-old or
a rapidly-growing-up teenager with diabetes then you already know that
there are a number of special challenges involved. Childhood is a time
of rapid growth and maturation, and as a young person moves through
different developmental stages from early childhood through to
adolescence, they require continual adjustment of their insulin doses
to keep their sugar levels on target. Keeping track of insulin over
weeks and months is key to managing their diabetes. However, the
everyday realities of a young person’s life often make it difficult to
keep accurate records of the exact time, size and type of insulin they
took – if you don’t keep an eye on it. There are digital solutions
that can make this a little easier.
Tracking for those who cannot
It will come as no surprise to some, that looking after a young
toddler with diabetes is a round-the-clock responsibility. As a
parent, it can be hard to manage everything while also living an
active family life. Keeping track of snacks, meals and insulin dosing
while juggling playdates and family outings can be a significant challenge.
But what happens when their grandmother takes care of them, or when
your little princess wants to go for a sleep-over at her friend’s
house? Who will be able to keep accurate records when you are not
around? It can be tricky to coordinate a toddler’s diabetes care among
other caretakers, such as family members, friends, childminders and
teachers. These carers may not be completely familiar with the tasks
involved and it could be challenging for them to remember to keep
record of her insulin doses.
You – as a primary carer - know how important it can be to record how
much and when insulin was administered; and to be sure that insulin
doses aren’t mistakenly stacked up through the day. You also know that
keeping track helps you gather data over a period of time that can be
useful in pinpointing any issues in her sugar level control that may occur.
This is where smart insulin pens come in handy. A smart insulin pen
automatically records and stores in its memory the injection time,
amount and type of insulin doses taken each day. Using a smart insulin
pen also simplifies the process for other people who are taking a turn
in caring for a young child with diabetes, in that they are not
required to keep a record of each dose themselves. Allowing you to let
her have that sleep-over without worrying about accurate records being kept.
Tracking when they want to track
Life as a teen is tough enough – at least according to every teenager
out there! Teenagers want everything to be easy and they want to be
able to blend in with their peers. Having diabetes only complicates
their life. Consider a situation where you are taking care of a
teenager with diabetes, who is a budding sport star.
Using a smart insulin pen can make his life easier. A smart insulin
pen can help him take responsibility for his own injections and
diabetes management. It can also help him overcome his embarrassment
about managing – or even mentioning – his diabetes in front of his
friends. A smart insulin pen automatically records how much and when
he had each insulin dose – acting as his memory, so he doesn’t have to
remember or note anything down.
As a parent or carer, you can be sure that all his dosing data is
accurate, complete and available to you and his diabetes care team to
help optimise his treatment.
Smarter technology for smarter care
New technologies, such as smart insulin pens can help you with the
management of diabetes in children and teenagers. It automatically
records each insulin dose, storing in its memory the exact time of
injection, size and type of insulin taken.
So, when you let your child have a sleep-over, or when their
Grandparents are taking a turn at caring for them, or your teenager
goes out with his friends, you don’t need to worry about whether their
insulin doses were taken or not. All the information stored on the pen
– can be transferred via several apps to your smartphone. This
information can be shared with their doctor or nurse, to make
appointments more productive and their diabetes management easier.
With diabetes there are often important choices to make and many things
to remember. This is why every consultation with your doctor or nurse is
so useful in getting your questions answered and receiving treatment advice.
Lifestyle factors driving sugar level highs and lows
Living a balanced lifestyle with a healthy diet and regular exercise is
a key part of diabetes management. But do you sometimes feel puzzled
when you’re doing all the right things, yet your sugar level still swings?