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Type 1 Diabetes Simulator Helps Educate Patients

Magazine article Drug Topics

Type 1 Diabetes Simulator Helps Educate Patients

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Pharmacists who work with Type 1 diabetes patients can now go on-line to download a software program that simulates the effects of meals and insulin on blood glucose levels. What makes it even better is that the program is absolutely free.

Not to be confused with the Verdi opera heroine, AIDA is freeware that lays out 40 case studies of insulindependent patients. The user can change input variables, such as insulin type, dosage, and timing, as well as how many carbohydrate grams are consumed and when they are eaten, up to six meals and snacks each day. When the parameters are changed, the effects on blood glucose profile and plasma insulin levels are displayed within seconds in graph form. The idea is to enhance patient and health-care provider understanding of the processes involved in achieving good glycemic control.

Each of the 40 scenarios has a different set of variables, and each represents a different kind of glucose control problem. For example, a young woman on three injections of short- and/or intermediate-acting insulin each day, with a split-- evening dose, wants to start a family But she consistently has quite high blood glucose levels in the early afternoon. …

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