Diabetes Forecast

3 New Products On Our Radar

Photography by Terry Doran; styled by Haleigh Eason

In the Bag

Kyrra Richards had a love-hate relationship with carryall bags. She loved the way they carried all, but hated the haphazard way they did it. On more than a few occasions, Richards, founder of Myabetic, found herself “rummaging through a bag’s abyss” in search of her diabetes gear. Not anymore. The just-launched Kerri (above)—named for Kerri Sparling, who writes about diabetes at sixuntilme.com—is a two-in-one tote that’s designed to stylishly stash diabetes gear as well as everyday necessities, making it easy to find what you’re looking for in a pinch. An insulation-lined pocket stores insulin, medication, glucose tablets, and snacks, and a detachable clutch is large enough to hold a glucagon kit. “Whether they need something large enough to carry their laptop or something that functions as a diaper bag, people with diabetes lead multifaceted lives and have a lot of other things to concentrate on besides their diabetes,” says Richards, who has type 1. Made of vegan leather, the Kerri comes in black, sandcastle, copper smoke, and navy (shown); $145, at myabetic.com. —Kimberly Goad

Shocking Feet

Good news for people with diabetes who battle foot ulcers: The Food and Drug Administration recently approved Sanuwave Health’s Dermapace device, which claims to speed wound healing by transmitting shock waves into the foot. Before you dismiss the treatment as too sci-fi, consider that poor circulation can slow wound healing in people with diabetes. Dermapace uses pulses of energy to stimulate blood flow. It’s approved for adults 22 and older with foot ulcers lasting longer than 30 days. A limited number of hospitals in the United States are using Dermapace, but Sanuwave plans to make it widely available by 2020. Learn more at sanuwave.com. —Benjamin Hubbert

Tag, You’re It

Medical ID tags can be lifesavers, alerting strangers and first responders to your diabetes should you be unable to speak during an emergency. While it’s a good idea to wear one all the time, many people with diabetes skip the jewelry because it looks overly medical. Lauren’s Hope Medical ID Jewelry, which can be custom-engraved with the wearer’s name, diabetes type, contact information, and emergency instructions, offers decorative ID bracelets, key rings, and charms that combine fashion and function. They’re the perfect Mother’s Day or Father’s Day gift for the parent who resists wearing a traditional medical ID. Prices start at $14.99; to order, visit laurenshope.com. —Benjamin Hubbert



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