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  • Diabetes affects over 9% of adults globally
  • Diabetes affects over 9% of adults globally
    Steve Baker, Creative Commons (2014) ©
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Dexcom G4: monitoring diabetes in the 21st century

Diabetes affects over 9% of adults globally. It’s a big problem amongst US Boomers; 72% of men and 67% of women are overweight or obese. A new app allows diabetics to track and share their glucose data in real time. How can technology help us better manage illness in the 21st century?

Location United States

Scope
Most of us don’t have to think too much about giving in to a sneaky chocolate biscuit. But for those with diabetes, that extra bite could could rocket blood glucose levels and send the body into a hyperglycemic state.

As the prevalence of diabetes rises and the pace of life becomes increasingly hectic, how can technology help us better manage our lifestyles and conditions like diabetes in the 21st century? Is Dexcom’s G4 Platinum system – with the added ‘share’ function that keeps loved ones updated – a clever solution?

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