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Hanselminutes Podcast 38 - Diabetes Technology

October 26, 2006 Comment on this post [7] Posted in Diabetes | Podcast
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My thirty-eighth Podcast is up.  This one is a little off the beaten path, but it's a topic that is near and dear to me as I'm a Type 1 Diabetic on both an Insulin Pump and Continuous Glucose Meter - 24 hours a day. I figure since you're all technologists you'd be interested in some of the discussion around how this problem can be solved, mostly using technology. I hope you enjoy it.

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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October 26, 2006 14:30
Very interesting Scott! Thank you for sharing with us more than just technology.
October 27, 2006 19:46

Great show, thanks for sharing your experience with diabetes.

On Monday I received a pamphlet from Medtronic ( promoting their latest pump, MiniMed Paradigm. Billed as an "insulin pump and continuous glucose monitoring system."

October 27, 2006 19:57
Thank you for the great show I must say.
My father is also suffering from diabetes and he has been taking medicines for decades.
I hope to see you online and well and will for the next 50 years.
October 31, 2006 14:44
Hi Scott,
I am diabetic type I myself (just turned one year as of this week; I am 26) and it's amazing how little information of diabetic technology is generally available (by the way I live in Finland).
So thank you for that part of your blogging life!

I have an idea, basically spawned by one of your diabetes-related entries. I've made a google search on diabetes daily log/planner and there is almost none free programs and as far as my search goes - no web ones.
So my idea is a free web service, which would be somewhat similar to this web exercise log - (in Finnish unfortunately). So you could enter you daily blood sugar/insulin intake data, along with your food menu and exercise. You could then access your data online (I have my exercise data from as an active desktop), check it out -
What would be most beneficial I think is that a user should be able to view the daily data graphically, with different parameters, like the glucose, insulin delivery, carbs and exercise. Then he could get a summary as well as compare it with other fellow diabetics.
I am getting excited about this, not only because I wanna help the diabetics community in general, but also because I plan to do this with ASP.NET which would be my first (real) ASP.NET project.

Now why I told you all this is because apparently you have way more information on the subject and you might have some good ideas on how to implement this or about features, like automatically importing external data from different devices, or say if you know such a free service already in existence.
I really would appreciate your response.

November 01, 2006 14:02

I thought this might be interesting.


November 04, 2006 17:10 is someting that is individually orinted. is a community around similar stuff. (unfortunately in Finnish). Doing togehter and sharing experiences is much more fun! :-)
November 06, 2006 16:57 seems to be a great site. Gave me a whole lot of ideas. Thanks a lot!

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