For my eleventh birthday I received Captain Novolin as a gift from my brother. For me it was awesome to have a video game that dealt with diabetes, the game was horrible game play wise, it had a diabetes theme though so I played the game almost daily. I thought it was so cool that the "bad guys" were sugary snacks like a jelly doughnut. Captain Novolin is a diabetic superhero. Throughout the game, you have to make sure he follows the meal plan his doctor gave him, so his blood sugar doesn't go too high or too low.
That was the last time diabetes was in a video game. I believe that it is time for that to change. My thought is to make a video game that involves the person living with diabetes. The cell phone has amazing applications like, Glucose Buddy and My Fitness Pal both applications that I use on a daily basis. My thought is to combine the two applications, use the blood glucose tracker from Glucose Buddy and combine it with the amazing food database found in My Fitness Pal. That would be the easy part, the tough part would be implementing the game/life side. This part of the application would be the meat and potatoes, the part of the application that makes it appealing to diabetics all over the world. Once you enter your blood sugar, what you are about to eat, and the amount of insulin you will take. You also would enter your activity for the next three hours, then you would hit the action button and then be given a graph of what your blood sugar may do over the next three to four hours.
Obviously you would have to enter a lot of information over a good period of time for the application to have better results. If you eat a hamburger at 1pm with a blood sugar of 140 the database would be able to go back and find when you last had a situation like this. The application would be a lot like a weatherman, you would have this amazing technology but as we all know it would not be perfect. I believe however that for teenagers this application would be a great one to have. Rather than guessing they would be able to use data to determine insulin. Say a diabetic teen goes to Olive Garden with a bunch of friends, we know pasta is very tough for a diabetic. This application would make determining the insulin timing and amount a little easier. Rather than taking one shot the application would know your body and may suggest a dual wave bolus that would eliminate the hour spike that pasta may give you.
Technology is a great tool that we have, I would love to try my hand at creating an application like this but I would need a Mac and a lot of time. I feel that applications like the one I just wrote about are closer than we think. This is a great time to be a diabetic and I can't wait to see the new technology.