Saturday, 4 August 2012

Troublesome Teens??

As far as teenagers go, mine are both pretty good.  I’m lucky.  The teenage years can be challenging at the best of times and when you throw type 1 diabetes into the mix, well – let’s just say “compliance” is not in their vocabulary.

My daughter has sensational levels at home and when she is in my care but, when it comes to school or socialising, testing and bolusing take a big back seat (sometimes, they get thrown out of the car altogether).

I’ve tried bribery – “If you can remember to test and bolus this week, I will buy you …, take you … anything, anywhere.”

I’ve tried the threat of embarrassment – “If you don’t remember to test and bolus this week, I am going to come into school and stand at your locker every lunch time to remind you.”

Nothing has worked – until now …

Enter the Sanofi iBGStar® (The angels are singing the Halleluiah Chorus in my head)

The iBGStar®  has single-handedly made it “cool” for her to test at school.  Her friends want to know what the groovy little device is AND she is ALLOWED to have her iPod at school.  How “cool” is that?

Im not going to go into all the technical information here.  This can easily be found at 

I am, however, going to tell you that the Sanofi iBGStar® is a fantastic little meter.  We have found it to be convenient, reliable, accurate and fun - yes, fun.  I know it sounds weird to say that about a product that, ultimately, requires you to prick your finger till you bleed - but it's true.  I guess if you have to do it, you may as well make it as enjoyable as you can.

Integrated cases are available to keep your meter
and your iPhone or iPod together

There are also groovy little silicon keyrings.

The iBGStar will be officially launched in Australia in September.  If I were you, I'd put one on my shopping list now.

I will post next week about the iPhone app that really makes this meter work for you and you Health Care team.