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According to recent data, more than 30 million people in the United States live with diabetes. Many achieve blood sugar control using oral or non-insulin injectable medications, but for some, these types of drugs aren’t enough to manage their disease. If non-insulin medications no longer work for you, your doctor may recommend treatment with mealtime insulin.

As the name implies, mealtime insulin is injectable insulin that’s taken immediately before or right after a meal. This type of insulin helps you achieve diabetes control by preventing a blood sugar spike after you eat. Mealtime, or rapid-acting, insulin is quickly absorbed, but the effects only last for a few hours. Because mealtime insulin only affects your body briefly, it’s important to follow your doctor’s treatment plan and use mealtime insulin along with your background, or basal, insulin.

There are several types of mealtime insulin available today. Your doctor will recommend a mealtime insulin, like Humalog (insulin lispro), based on your overall health and level of diabetes control. Humalog is used to treat people with diabetes for the control of high blood sugar. But regardless of the type of mealtime insulin your doctor prescribes, committing to a mealtime insulin regimen can still seem overwhelming. Fortunately, technological advancements are helping people use mealtime insulin to manage diabetes with more convenience and speed than ever before.

Mealtime Insulin and Diabetes Apps

These days, it’s rare to know someone who doesn’t have a smartphone. These pocket computers have become integrated into almost every aspect of our lives and now, smartphone technology is helping people with chronic diseases, like diabetes, manage their conditions comfortably and more expediently than ever.

Part of sticking to a mealtime insulin regimen includes checking your blood sugar (glucose) before each meal. This helps you know whether you’re meeting your blood sugar control goals and allows you to determine what your next dose of rapid-acting insulin should be. But you may find that checking and keeping a record of your blood sugar levels is a hassle, especially if you’re on the go.

Today, smartphones are making it easier than ever to stay on top of your diabetes. Already, several apps exist to help you better manage your mealtime insulin regimen. Many feature automatic reminders to check your blood sugar and take your mealtime insulin before you eat. Others allow you to log your blood sugar readings, offering reports that show fluctuations in your blood sugar over specific periods of time.

Many new smartphone apps also automatically download or send your blood sugar and mealtime insulin information directly to your doctor. This way, your doctor can determine whether your prescriptions are working as intended and make necessary changes to your medications if needed.

Next-Generation Glucose Monitors

Along with smartphone technology, glucose monitors have also gotten an upgrade. Many new blood glucose monitors make it easier than ever to commit to mealtime insulin by wirelessly transmitting your blood sugar readings to your smartphone. This integrated technology can also be used to upload your results to an online portal, giving you and your doctor access to your records in real time.

Additionally, many newer glucose monitors feature the ability to receive software updates, just like your smartphone. These types of meters could eliminate your need to upgrade to a new monitor, freeing up your time and saving you money.

Wearable Tech

It may sound like something out of science fiction, but wearable technology that helps monitor your blood sugar levels is just around the corner. Currently, several tech companies are developing products, like non-invasive sensors you wear on your skin, that will keep track of blood sugar levels automatically. These products may eliminate the need for traditional finger-stick blood sugar testing by automatically sending your glucose readings to your smartphone. Adhering to your mealtime insulin regimen could soon be as simple and convenient as checking your phone for your latest blood sugar reading.

Technology continues to make almost every aspect of our lives easier, and diabetes management is no exception. Thanks to recent innovations and continuous creativity, it’s now easier than ever to commit to taking mealtime insulin. These technologies help take the guesswork out of glucose readings and mealtime insulin calculations, making diabetes control more manageable than ever before.

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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS
Last Review Date: 2018 Jul 6
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