During the summer of 2017 my daughter introduced me to an arm band that would notify me when texts or phone calls arrived on my phone. It also measured steps and monitored sleep. Definitely a useful band but not a Helo.
However It was after that I discovered the “Helo” an arm band with a huge range of features.
One of my Favorite features is the SOS panic button feature. I put my daughters contact details in and if I’m in trouble I then press the button on my arm band twice and it sends a text to them, alerting them that I need help with my GPS location. Great peace of mind for them and me.
How Helo works! https://website.worldgn.com/science/technology/
The Helo monitors more than the basic heart rate, steps, calories, etc, it also gives an ECG/EKG (which is usually a trip to the hospital) for that and very useful for people with heart problems. Breath rate, blood pressure, ( usually a BP monitor needed for that at home or in the GPs. Mood and emotion, fatigue sensor, remote vital signs, blood oxygen, body temperature, blood alcohol, and to top it all off in the next couple of months with an update to the app it will measure blood glucose. I’m not sure yet how accurate this will be but I’m very keen to find out.
This summer has been a stressful one for me, with a house move ongoing for what seems like an endless amount of time. I have Type 1 Diabetes and because of that stress I’m under at the moment My blood glucose has been more difficult to manage with unexpected highs and lows, and because of that kidney infections have been an issue.
As a type 1 Diabetic unexpected Hypoglycemia is always an issue and although I’ve never been completely helpless because of one there is always a chance the next one could floor me. With a panic button on my arm ( like a watch ) that 2 little presses of a button lets someone know where I am and that I’m in trouble.
I do wear an insulin pump and cgm sensor ( Medtronic 640G ) and that suspends insulin and alarms if I’m going low ( hypo ) at that stage I have to eat or drink glucose / sugar to get my blood glucose back up, if I don’t ? I will collapse, possibly fit, or die. Yes it’s that serious. Sugar / glucose is a treatment for me, and not a treat.
So now you should understand why blood glucose readings constantly being monitored with an alarm for out of range readings is not just necessary, it’s essential.
The Helo works with an app on my smart phone and will text me if and of my vital signs are out of range.
One day I felt sick and I was wearing a Helo. I knew something was wrong because my blood pressure had dropped as did my number of breaths per minute and my heart rate. When I took myself to the doctor he confirmed and infection and my blood pressure & heart rate readings had in fact dropped.
If you are interested in purchasing a Helo ? You can order yours by following the link below and included in this blog here.
For those who think diabetes is caused by an unhealthy lifestyle let me clarify a few things.
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease, nothing I did or didn’t do caused it and nothing I do will cure it. There is currently no cure for type 1 diabetes and no one knows what causes type 1 diabetes,
Type 1 diabetes happens because our own antibodies attack and destroy an organ in the body, a response when antibodies that normally fight infection / disease mistake a part of the body as foreign and attack and destroy it. When this happens to the islets in the pancreas we stop producing insulin so we need to inject or pump insulin in to live.
Without insulin a person with Type 1 diabetes would die.
There are many factors that contribute to a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes so pre judgment of a “lifestyle choice” Is unfair at very least.
A person with type 2 diabetes is producing insulin of their own but for many reasons their body cannot or does not use it correctly or efficiently.
People with type 2 diabetes are generally treated with oral medication and sometimes with insulin injections .
A person with type 2 diabetes injecting insulin does not mean they now have type 1 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes never becomes type 1 diabetes, they are 2 completely different conditions / diseases with similar symptoms and similar complications if not managed correctly.