Blood glucose meter for kids connects with Nintendo DS to help
22 July 2009
Bayer Diabetes Care in the UK and Ireland have launched the Didget, a
blood glucose meter for kids with diabetes that connects directly to
Nintendo DS and Nintendo DS Lite gaming systems. The Didget meter is
designed to help kids manage this lifelong condition by rewarding them
for building consistent blood glucose testing habits and meeting
personalised glucose target ranges.
"One of the biggest challenges facing parents of children with
diabetes is the constant struggle to instil the habit of regular blood
glucose testing that is critical for consistent diabetes management,"
says John Gregory, Professor in Paediatric Endocrinology, Wales School
of Medicine, Cardiff University.
"Bayer's Didget meter can help ease the parent/child tension that
testing often creates by adding an element of fun and rewards to the
routine. Because it is designed with children in mind, Bayer's Didget
meter can transform a child's blood glucose testing experience from
something they have to do into something they want to do."
Building on 40 years of experience, the company is now transforming
how kids engage in their diabetes management by tapping into their
existing passion for handheld gaming. Bayer's Didget meter positively
reinforces consistent testing habits by awarding points that kids can
use to unlock new game levels and customise their gaming experience.
"The Didget meter is a revolutionary development in healthcare
management. Up until now, blood glucose monitors have been created with
adults in mind," says Sandra Peterson, Head of Bayer Medical Care. "This
product was inspired by a parent of a child with diabetes, to directly
address the challenges facing kids with diabetes and their parents.
Bayer's Didget meter offers play with purpose to encourage kids to
regularly monitor their blood glucose and begin to view regular testing
The meter, which is intended for use by kids aged 5-14, will also
soon be able to connect to Bayer's Didget World, a web community where
kids can spend points that they earn from consistent monitoring
practices and create their own page. This is currently in development
and will be available soon.
The meter grows with a child's ability to manage his/her diabetes,
offering two testing levels, Basic and Advanced. Self-monitoring blood
glucose is an essential tool in the optimal management of childhood and
adolescent diabetes. Self-monitoring blood glucose should be prescribed
at a frequency to optimise each child's diabetes control because
frequency of self monitoring blood glucose correlates with glycaemic
control. The Didget meter is based on Bayer's Contour system and uses
the same technology and test strips, providing the same easy accuracy,
No Codingtechnology, automatic correction for haematocrit and common
interfering substances including maltose, 5 second test time, a small
(0.6 microL) sample size and automatic detection of control solution.
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