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  1. Marge Stromberg
    Marge Stromberg December 4, 2012 at 8:53 am | | Reply

    Fascinating…. I do have a pump, but have wondered how I’d manage if I needed to return to multiple injections. I had to do that once when my pump died and I had to wait for a replacement. Now I know to do some checking for help online!

  2. Moira
    Moira December 4, 2012 at 9:31 am | | Reply

    Against my wishes, my young adult daughter, who had been pumping for 12 years and used a CGM for two, went back on MDI with no CGM two years ago. Result? A remarkably lower a1c, more acceptance of her daily routine and just plain better health. Maybe some day she’ll switch to the pump again and find the same results. Sometimes, ANY Change is what you need. I’m so glad I did not push my feelings on her and trusted her to try what she felt was best for her. Because she was absolutely right.

  3. FatCatAnna
    FatCatAnna December 4, 2012 at 9:43 am | | Reply

    I did the same thing a few years ago – but I guess due to having had diabetes already for 40 years – and only been on pump for 3 – it was easier for me to adjust to being back on the MDI (dart board practise ). For those of you tho’ that need help with I:C ratio when off the pump – this is a great app! I actually am going to look into downloading it – to show some of the folks I help with managing their diabetes! Many thanks!

  4. Doris
    Doris December 4, 2012 at 9:52 am | | Reply

    I use a combination of an Omnipod and MDI. Why? Failure rate of Omnipod and my subsequent lack of trust. (I’m also sick of wasting 85 units of insulin when it squeals and doesn’t work at all – twice in last two weeks. They don’t exactly reimburse you for that cost.) So, I use 3 times a day Levemir (3, 2 1/2 and 2 1/2) and use the Omnipod for bolusing when I feel the need.

    Insulin on Board CAN NOT work on pumps and I had that conversation with an experienced type 1 rep at Animas. It has no clue what the peak/curve is of insulin. Not to mention, the Omnipod can’t go down to <1.0 hour and only does 1/2 hour increments – not helpful when using Apidra in a thin body part (which IOB can't account for either).

    I do math in my head and since glucose meters are so freaking inaccurate, I would never worry about calculating down to .05 units. It's not worth the stress of "why did the meter say this, I entered the exact units, why didn't it work?"

    I have seen Manage BGL when I was mentoring someone. It was helpful for me if she entered all the necessary info but one missed variable and I couldn't provide accurate feedback.

    I have a Windows Phone and most diabetes apps are only for IPhones and Androids which I don't have an interest in owning. I might consider using it if that changes – for shoots and giggles.

  5. karen
    karen December 4, 2012 at 5:13 pm | | Reply

    I read Wil’s posting too and found that Rapid Calc is not available for android. I did a little hunting for android apps and found glucosurfer ( It has bolus wizard, IOB, menstral cycle, graphing features, and more, (still discovering) Just started using it and fine tuning settings. So far so good. $1.29 at Google Play.

  6. Stefan van As
    Stefan van As December 5, 2012 at 12:27 am | | Reply

    Apps like these have been around for years, but most of them are lacking functionality (for example: the ability to export your glucose, carbs, and insulin to a diabetes diary). This is why I decided to create my own:

  7. Frank Tukk
    Frank Tukk December 6, 2012 at 7:22 am | | Reply

    Hi AllisonN,

    This is a response to your article about Diabetes Cure fraud. Please don;t take offense but I totally disagree with your stand on the issue. It is all about the money. Ask yourself why the Pharmaceutical Industry is the only one not concerned about money when the biggest economic problems of today are caused solely by GREED. Their profits are in the hundreds of billions of dollars. Don’t you suppose that they could find a little research money in those numbers. They remind me of the farmer(s) that complain all year about how the weather is making them go broke then shortly after harvest time buying a new Cadillac and a new combine.

    Thank You,
    Frank Tull

    1. Butch
      Butch January 9, 2013 at 3:58 pm | | Reply

      I agree with your comment about pharma. However, you are really far off on farmers, obviously an issue you know nothing about thus making your first point sound irrelevant. Farmers driving expensive cars? My guess is you live in the city.

  8. Ricardo
    Ricardo December 7, 2012 at 12:55 pm | | Reply

    Hi, Alisson.

    I came to the blog following Scott Hanselman advice and found your post.

    We, as the other two companies you´ve mentioned, count a type 1 DM as co-founder. In our case, Karla Melo, MD, PhD in endocrinology, and KOL in DM in Brazil. Due to her experience as patient, doctor and researcher, we were able to create Gliconllne

    A bit of our history can be seen at

    We created GlicOnLine in 2004, to help low education people manage their diabetes. First as a voice portal (2005), later as feature phone/internet application (2007), GlicOnLine automated carbo / fat and dose calculation according to a internet based EMR. Doctors follow´d up and evolved patients through the web. After a clinical trail (2007/2008) we initiated a freeware operation that reached 4000 users.

    Last november we introduced the new GlicOnLine for Android (iOs will come later). GlicOnLine now supports all DM therapies (nutritional, OAD, fixed-and adjusted dose insuline terapy ), automating all calculations and keeps automatic log of glycemic levels, diet, medication, body weight and bood pressure.

    Doctors, dietitians and caretakers can follow up patients through the web and adjust/progress treatment online.

    We restricted GlicOnLine distribution to Brazilian market, since we lack the resources to internationalization, which will mean localization, translation and local regulatory requirements adjustments.

    We hope to find investors and companies that can help us help people.

  9. Melissa
    Melissa December 9, 2012 at 11:48 pm | | Reply

    My Mr 12 is Type 1 and doesn’t want a pump. We’ve been using Rapidcalc for a year or so and he loves it. Makes everything so easy and his diabetes team love it too!

    1. FatCatAnna
      FatCatAnna December 16, 2012 at 9:15 am | | Reply

      Hey Melissa -thanks for the recommendation. Just wrote to the company to see if their app works on Android. It’s now $7.99 but in my eyes – from your write up above – well worth it. I’m taking a pump break (only been pumping 4 years out of my 47 years since diagnosis) – and figured for a change of pace – I’d give my noggin’ a rest – and give this app a test at the same time.

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  11. Ian
    Ian January 11, 2013 at 1:23 am | | Reply

    Thanks for the objective, balanced look at the two Apps.I was involved in the development of RapidCalc and would like to add to your report as follows:-
    - For our hospital trial (small but which went very well) we put together an Excel macro to take the exported data from the Email and put it into a BGL type logbook with all carbs and insulin taken as well as all comments. The Diabetes Educators wanted nothing more! If anybody wants to try this, please contact me on and I will Email it. It is compatible with Excel 2003 onwards and Excel for Mac 2011.

    Secondly RapidCalc has a feature that is not well explained in this version. The BGL slider and Carb slider can be used to test, for example, whether you can safely go to bed on a particular BGl. To do this test and enter your BGL and then move the Carb slider until a dose of insulin is recommended – move it back one notch and that is the amount of carbs you should eat before you retire for the night. Obviously some common sense is needed – you probably would not eat again if you had eaten a low carb meal for example. I use it every night and attribute my lack of even moderate hypos overnight to this.

  12. Muffetsmom
    Muffetsmom August 16, 2013 at 2:06 pm | | Reply

    Very interesting stuff. Does anyone have any info on using this type of app/info for Type1 with severe predawn phenom? Ive been wearing a pump for about 18 months now.

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