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Published on December 16th, 2010 | by Greg


Diabetic Testing Made a Little More Fun with Didget for the DS

We don’t be­lieve in horse­play when it comes to di­a­betes and blood test­ing. How­ev­er, more and more kids are de­vel­op­ing di­a­betes at a young age. Ac­cord­ing to the Amer­i­can Di­a­betes As­so­ci­a­tion, around one in ev­ery 400 Amer­i­cans age 20 or younger have a form of di­a­betes.

As more chil­dren de­vel­op blood sug­ar is­sues, it be­comes in­creas­ing­ly im­por­tant to find new ways to help­ing them to mon­i­tor their own lev­els. Bay­er has come up with an in­ter­est­ing way of get­ting kids’ to test their blood sug­ar lev­els in the form of a video game that is help­ful and about as fun at it’s go­ing to get for young­sters with the dis­ease.

The Bay­er Did­get Blood Glu­cose Me­ter con­nects to your Nin­ten­do DS (or DS Lite) gam­ing sys­tems in the form of the game Knock ‘Em Downs: World’s Fair. Kids are award­ed points for con­sis­tent­ly test­ing their blood sug­ar lev­els and meet­ing spe­cif­ic tar­gets. Kids can re­deem points to un­lock bonus lev­els and char­ac­ters. They can earn ex­tra points for the num­ber of tests per day and the min­i­mum time be­tween tests- pret­ty ba­sic stuff, but at least at­tempt­ing to add some fun to what can be a dai­ly chore.

You can plug in to your com­put­er and your child can use a spe­cif­ic pass­word to be part of the on­line Did­get com­mu­ni­ty that can con­nect them with a vir­tu­al sup­port group- as well as brag­ging rights if they have high scores on the World’s Fair game.

The sys­tem is aimed at chil­dren and teens aged 4-14. The Did­get us­es the same strips and tech­nol­o­gy as Bay­er’s oth­er di­a­betes test­ing sys­tems, like the re­cent­ly-re­viewed Bay­er A1C Now Self­Check, and we are im­pressed with the strides test­ing has made. Did­get’s test re­sults were giv­en in 5 sec­onds, which means that you aren’t go­ing to be bored wait­ing around. An ad­vanced mode is avail­able on the Did­get as well, that shows re­sults of pre- and post meal mark­ers, 7 and 30 day av­er­ages, and al­lows per­son­al­iza­tion of the ranges.

You can use the Did­get on its own with­out the DS, but that would kind of miss the point. We were able to pur­chase on­line for around $75, or even from some lo­cal phar­ma­cies like Wal­greens and CVS. The games might not qual­i­fy as fun, but we sup­port any­thing that broad­ens the video game eco-sys­tem, and en­cour­ages the use of in­ter­ac­tive de­vices in pos­i­tive ways.

About the Author

Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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