Next-Gen Diabetes Solutions: Meds, Apps & Tech!
As diabetes remains one of the fastest-growing conditions in the world, researchers are constantly seeking new ways to help patients better control their diabetes.
Discover new diabetes technology and medications that may be available to you soon
📌Updates in Diabetes Technology
- One of the main focuses of diabetes technology development includes investigating automated insulin delivery systems in patients with Type 2 diabetes. These systems have been shown to increase time in range for patients with Type 1 diabetes, but little is known about the benefits that could occur in Type 2 patients.
- Another new research study is evaluating the potential benefits of the combination of a continuous glucose monitor and the WeightWatchers diet in patients with diabetes. This investigation is specifically using the Freestyle Libre 2 CGM and the online WeightWatchers platform to determine how much the combination of the two can lower a patient’s A1c and help with weight loss.
📌New iPhone App for Omnipod 5
If you are an Omnipod 5 and an iPhone user, then we have some exciting news for you! The FDA recently approved a free iPhone app that will allow patients to manage their blood sugars directly from their smartphones.
Previously, only Android users had an app with these key features, but iPhone users will soon have this luxury as well. Starting in the new year, iPhone users will be able to bolus insulin, change pods, edit settings, and keep track of carbohydrates for their favorite foods with the new Omnipod 5 iPhone app. This new development is critical to helping patients better manage their diabetes when using the Omnipod 5.
📌New Diabetes Medications
As technology advances, new medications are being manufactured and studied that can improve glycemic control in patients with diabetes.
One of the current new medications that is being investigated is orforglipron, a GLP-1 receptor agonist. Orforglipron is an oral medication that works similarly to other GLP-1 agonists such as Rybelsus, Trulicity, and Ozempic to increase insulin secretion, reduce glucose secretion from the liver, and make you feel fuller for longer periods leading to lower blood glucose levels and can cause weight loss.
Eli Lilly, the manufacturer of orforglipron, is conducting multiple research studies to assess the effectiveness of this new medication in lowering A1c and improving glycemic control. The approval of this medication will provide another opportunity for patients to manage their blood sugars without having to give themselves injections.
Summary Researchers continue to seek better treatment options to help patients improve their blood sugar control and overall health. New studies are being conducted all the time. Stay tuned for more updates in the world of diabetes care as the field is constantly evolving to meet the needs of patients with diabetes.