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Glucoboy

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I like this glucose tester for kids, the games that use test results as game points are brilliant –

The Glucoboy is the first blood glucose meter that has been designed specially for kids, adolescents and the young at heart.

By itself, the Glucoboy is an advanced blood glucose meter that is extremely accurate and highly precise using only a 0.6µL sample of blood!

When used with the Nintendo Game Boy® Advance System or the GRiP incentive-based web community, Glucoboy becomes part of an entire network that rewards testing compliance and good health management.

Glucoboy is much more than just a meter, it is an integrated system that assists patients and support networks, helping them work together to provide the highest level of care, compassion and compliance.

In addition to a stand-alone blood glucose meter, the Glucoboy contains 2 full length video games and a mini-arcade. To access the video games, the Glucoboy must be inserted into the cartridge slot on a Nintendo Game Boy® Advance System, or into the Game Boy® cartridge slot on a Nintendo DS.

Blood glucose test results are converted into Glucose Reward Points (GRPs) that can be used to unlock games, or converted to in game currency. For example, in the included Knock ‘Em Downs game, GRPs can be converted into tokens. In the game, tokens can be spent to purchase items.

Glucoboy – [via] Link.

24 thoughts on “Glucoboy

  1. Your glucometer is one game that you don’t want to get the “high score” on.

    (Insert Pac-Man “Game Over” sound here)

  2. I want a game that lets me earn bullets to shoot the people responsible for the rise in children’s diabetes and Type 2 adult. This product is cute, but it doesn’t really do anything to fix a problem.

  3. BigD, your comment is cute in light of the fact that type II diabetes is enormously influenced by individual choices. In most cases, the people responsible for the rise in the disease, are the people affected by it, and in the case of children, their parents. So, you’d probably do a lot better to shoot them than the CEO of Hostess or Nickelodeon or whatever corporation you want to blame for this.

    In that sense, anything that can help these kids–who clearly need help making good choices–is a good thing.

  4. If Choice A is laced with chemicals known to be tied to Type II and Choice B is relatively free of those chemicals, which do you choose? Don’t answer yet. Choice A also happens to be cheaper on the shelf and relatively within the pocketbooks of most citizens, gets far more advertising time, and doesn’t have to put what chemicals it includes right on the packaging because that would reveal ‘trade secrets.’ Choice B is within the pocketbooks of less than 50% of citizens and happens to not be in shiny packaging as a result of having fewer of those chemicals. Wait. Who was to blame?

  5. While true cheaper foods contain higher amounts of the chemicals and/or sugars (high-fructose corn syrup) that is not the only reason for the rise in diabeties among our children. A lot of it comes down to no out-door playtime.

    Sit and play a videogame, or go outside and play baseball?

  6. The problem I have is that the government’s advice for “low fat”, and therefore high-carb, directly contradicts the science of obesity. If anyone’s getting yelled at, or worse, it should be the government dieticians who are sticking to a priori conclusion (fat makes you fat) over the evidence of their own studies (carbs cause high insulin, which increases adipose fat deposition).

    As for getting outside and getting some activity, get rid of the processed foods first. After they start to slim down, they’ll have the energy to get outside.

  7. Ross your comments are totally off base. Although fat is not good for anyone they do not coexist equally with carbohydrates. One being high has no relationship with the level of the other.
    Also carbs do not cause high insulin. If it did it would be a good thing.
    Diabetes is a serious and complicated disease but quite simply it’s the body’s failure to metabolize carbohydrates either by lack of insulin production or by failure of the insulin receptors.

  8. Ross your comments are totally off base. Although fat is not good for anyone they do not coexist equally with carbohydrates. One being high has no relationship with the level of the other.
    Also carbs do not cause high insulin. If it did it would be a good thing.
    Diabetes is a serious and complicated disease but quite simply it’s the body’s inability to metabolize carbohydrates either by lack of insulin production or by failure of the insulin receptors.

  9. Ross your comments are totally off base. Although fat is not good for anyone they do not coexist equally with carbohydrates. One being high has no relationship with the level of the other.
    Also carbs do not cause high insulin. If it did it would be a good thing.
    Diabetes is a serious and complicated disease but quite simply it’s the body’s inability to metabolize carbohydrates either by lack of insulin production or by failure of the insulin receptors. In the case of type 2 it’s usually caused by obesity or genetics. In my case it’s neither one. It just happened.

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