Managing diabetes can be tricky and painful, which is why companies like Apple are exploring ways of introducing glucose monitoring through non-invasive ways such as through the Apple Watch. While that has yet to become a reality, diabetics living in the US might want to take note of a new device by Tandem Diabetes Care.
Dubbed the t:slim X2, this is an insulin pump that has been approved by the FDA where it can now work together with glucose monitoring devices like the Dexcom G6 glucose monitor. What this means is that as the monitor checks on the user’s glucose levels and based on that, it can dynamically adjust the required insulin levels to keep users in the safe glucose range.
The t:slim X2 is also an automated pump which means that it can automatically dispense insulin when needed, and together with the Dexcom G6, it makes it a less painful way of monitoring your insulin levels, which typically requires users to prick their fingers to draw blood in order to feed it to a sensor that detects glucose levels.
That being said, we should note that just because the FDA has approved i doesn’t mean that you can buy it off the shelf. It is still required by law that you purchase a pump from a licensed physician.