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Dario diabetes management tool turns mobile device into a glucose monitor

LabStyle Innovations and Auto Control Medical have launched the Dario Diabetes Management Solution, a compact all-in-one system that helps people with diabetes monitor blood sugar levels and proactively manage their disease using their smartphone or tablet.

Approved by Health Canada, Dario connects via headphone jack to turn a mobile device into a glucose monitor, and comes equipped with a lancing device and test strips to take blood samples on the spot. It provides the diabetes patient’s real-time and historical blood glucose data to spot patterns, recommend treatments and support behavior changes. Its web interface also makes it easy to get upgrades and share health information with healthcare providers and loved ones.

"With Dario, diabetes management is not only about generating accurate blood glucose measurements, but about self-management and providing practical information, analysis and suggestions to help those with diabetes make better-informed decisions and improve their lifestyle," explains Erez Raphael, president and CEO of LabStyle Innovations.

"We believe patients and healthcare providers will benefit from Dario’s unique features," says Robert Burgy, president of Auto Control Medical, the exclusive distributor of Dario in Canada. "With the ability to track their food intake and insulin use, people will have a better understanding of how to optimally manage their diabetes, all through the smartphone they’ve always got with them."

As an all-in-one system, Dario combines a lancing device to obtain a blood sample, a proprietary disposable test strip cartridge with 25 strips, and a glucose meter that’s driven via the user’s mobile device. Unlike conventional glucose monitors, there is no carrying case or batteries to replace, and the system works on both Apple and Android devices.

Dario’s suggested price is $39.95 and will be available at selected pharmacies like London Drugs and through