Updates on Technology for Diabetes Mellitus


Purpose of Review

To update the medical community on the new and old technologies use for the control and management of diabetes mellitus.

Recent Findings

Diabetes technology is defined as the different technology including hardware, devices, and software that are used by diabetic patients in order to help to manage blood glucose levels. This technology can be used in patients with any type of diabetes mellitus and, when applied appropriately, it can have a significant impact on these patients’ health. They can be divided into different insulin delivery methods, blood glucose monitoring, and hybrid and implantable devices. Insulin delivery can be further subdivided into insulin pens, insulin syringes, or insulin delivery via a pump. New technology includes a bionic or “artificial” pancreas that has been introduced. This is an external device or system of devices that mimic the glucose regulating the function of a healthy pancreas.


It is essential to deeply understand the use of each of the devices so you can recommend the best one that fits your patient.

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Elshimy, G., Ricardo Correa Updates on Technology for Diabetes Mellitus. Curr Emerg Hosp Med Rep 8, 35–39 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s40138-020-00204-7

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  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Technology
  • Insulin pump
  • Continuous glucose monitoring