Need to check your blood sugar? There's an app for that

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by Catherine Holland

GMAZ interview by Stella Inger

Posted on July 16, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 31 at 11:30 AM

PHOENIX -- A new device and app are taking blood glucose testing into realm of iPhones and iPads. Yes, there's an app for that.

The iBGStar® is a blood glucose meter that plugs in to your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. It's designed specifically "to easily display, manage and communicate your diabetes information."

When used with the iBGStar Diabetes Manager app, the device will sync your information to track glucose, insulin and carbs. Not only can you keep notes, you also can easily share your information with your doctor.

Dr. Richard Jacoby of Scottsdale Neuropathy showed 3TV's Stella Inger how it works.

According to the American Diabetes Association, 25.8 million children and adults in the U.S. have diabetes. About 27 percent of them don't know it.

Jacoby said the iBGStar is particularly good for people with prediabetes, a condition affecting 79 million people.

"Before people develop type 2 diabetes, they almost always have 'prediabetes' -- blood glucose levels that are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes," reads the ADA website.

"Fifty percent of people over age 65 are prediabetic," Jacoby added. "It's a fact that diabetes is an epidemic in the United States."

The iBGStar meter works the way traditional meters do. It's the app that makes the system unique.

"The important thing about this is that it logs the amount of sugar you have in your blood dependent on the meals that you eat," Jacoby said.

The goal is to learn exactly how certain foods affect your blood sugar so that you can more effectively manage the disease. This essential information is never further away than your iPhone or iPod Touch.

Although the above video shows the device being used with the iPad, right now, the FDA has cleared iBGStar for use with the iPhone and iPod Touch only.

The iBGStar meter runs about $75. Test strips are extra.

Jacoby is a podiatrist, as well as a  foot and ankle surgeon who specializes in the unique needs of diabetic patients who might be facing amputations.

Note: This article has been updated to reflect that the iBGStar device and app are FDA approved for use with the iPhone and the iPod Touch only -- not the iPad.

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