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Sanofi launches blood glucose monitor with estimated HbA1c

Sanofi has launched the first self-monitoring device that provides estimates of the HbA1c value, a key indicator for long-term glucose control.

The company claims its MyStar Extra® blood glucose monitoring device may help people with diabetes better understand the meaning of their test results in the context of overall treatment goals.

Several extra features of the device may help people with diabetes stay motivated and engaged in managing their insulin therapy, Sanofi said.

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Trend for #bloodsugarselfie goes viral

Social media users will be familiar with the recent campaign to raise funds for breast cancer by posting ‘selfies’ and now the diabetes community has created a phenomenon of its own to raise cash for diabetes research.

Followers who upload their selfies showing their blood sugar levels can donate money to diabetes charity groups, including JDRF, the world’s leading charitable funder of type 1 diabetes research.

The campaign in statistics: 

  • 1.2 million people have seen the bloodsugarselfie hashtag -
  • 250,000 clicks to see the selfies
  • 80,000 people on twitter have joined in or been reached
  • 800 selfies have been posted

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New counting carbs app launched

A new mobile phone app for carbs counting with home cooked food aimed at people with diabetes has been launched.

Cook & Count Carbs, which claims to be the first of its kind, is available for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch in the Apple iTunes store and can soon be downloaded on Android.

It is for home cooking and has a comprehensive and trustworthy UK government database.

The app is designed to encourage people to cook at home and therefore eat more healthily.

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