â€œSmart Capâ€ for Insulin Pens Reminds Diabetics When itâ€™s Time for an Injection
The product is a “smart cap” which, when added to a typical insulin pen, uses a timer to remind diabetics about when they’re due for an insulin injection as reported by diabeticlive.com.
Tampa, FL (PRWEB) September 16, 2011
Ã¢Å“Smart CapÃ¢ for Insulin Pens Reminds Diabetics When itÃ¢s Time for an Injection: Diabetics will soon have a new way to remind themselves to take insulin shots. A new product called Timesulin was recently announced at the annual meeting of the Foundation of European Nurses in Diabetes (FEND). The product is a “smart cap” which, when added to a typical insulin pen, uses a timer to remind diabetics about when they’re due for an insulin injection. It’s the first major improvement on the insulin pen design since it was first created over 20 years ago. It will help diabetics ensure that they don’t miss doses or accidentally give themselves a double dose, putting both diabetics and their physicians at ease as reported by diabeticlive.com.
Timesulin has already been a popular topic of conversation in the diabetes community in Europe, where several officials have weighed in on the product and its benefits to diabetics. Dr Åke Sjöholm, head of the Diabetes Research Unit at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, said that “Due to the habitual nature of insulin administration patients often forget whether or not they had injected their insulin dose. We regard this as a major challenge in managing diabetes and welcome the timely arrival of an innovative solution like Timesulin.”
Timesulin was created by three experienced entrepreneurs who saw a need for insulin injection reminders and tackled the idea. One of the founders, John Sjölund, is a Type 1 diabetic himself; he knew from his experience with the disease that an injection reminder would be a useful tool. “The idea was born out of my own frustration as a Type 1 diabetic of over 25 years. I manage my insulin injections with insulin pens and know all too well that a missed shot leads to raised blood sugar levels and causes drowsiness and body aches. At the same time, an accidental double dose has the opposite effect: blood sugar levels plummet, bringing on sweats and it can even cause a severe long & short term health complications. But mostly, it causes daily anxiety. I hate that. People with diabetes need a simpler way of knowing if they took their insulin, and when.”
The Timesulin project has some heavy-duty entrepreneurial weight behind it: Andreas Sjölund, who co-created Skype and worked as its product manager, is also working on Timesulin. Skype transformed voice communications forever by offering a free and easy way for people across the world to contact each other through the Internet. The other co-founder of Timesulin in Marcel Botha, who worked previously with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab and created Sniftag, a social networking service for dogs.
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