Tutorial: How to transfer data from Bayer Contour Next USB to Diabeto Android app

otg-cableWe have been getting the question of how to transfer data from USB meters such as Bayer Contour Next USB, so here you go…

Some points to keep in mind before trying to sync the meter with the app.

  1. The USB meters are compatible with only our Android application as Apple doesn’t allow data transfer via the USB for security reasons. (too bad)
  2. You would need a USB OTG cable to sync the readings. Early Indiegogo supporters would have received the OTG cable from us or else, you can get the OTG cable from Amazon or if you are in USA, from any Radioshack near you. Here is a quick link for Amazon – USB OTG Cable

Now lets get to the actual tutorial, We are using the latest Moto G4 (4th generation) v 6.0.1 for data transfer, we have tested this meter on Nexus 5 (Marshmallow) and Xiaomi Mi3.


Step 1: Select the correct meter in settings screen

After taking your blood glucose reading with the meter. Open the Diabeto Android application and click on the settings screen tab menu at the bottom, in the settings screen, leave the Scan Diabeto ID blank as that is needed only with Diabeto birdie or Diabeto RED device. Select the correct Glucometer, which in this case will be “Contour Next USB”


Step 2: Connect the OTG cable as shown above

Connect the USB OTG cable as shown above, the meter should turn on (If it was switched off) and should show “Charging” status.


Step 3: Allow USB permissions

Click on the sync (+) button on the top right of the screen, immediately, you will get a prompt asking for USB permissions, please tick the box and click ok.


Step 4: Sync complete and add other parameters if needed.

After allowing the USB permissions, the data should transfer immediately and the “Add Entry” screen should pop up. You can add more parameters if you need and save the data. That’s it, you are done!

Let us know if you face any difficulties syncing the data using this meter or in general. You can email us your support queries to contactus@diabe.to We promise to reply back within 24 hours.


Tips to reduce your blood sugars (Part 2)


#1 Go for colorful meals, go bento.

Standard western meals mostly consist of a whole pile of carbs along with a big piece of meat and maybe two alibi pieces of carrot or broccoli. So, usually you’ll only have 2 to 3 colours on your plate. It’s a pretty tough task to incorporate all the above advice in that kind of meal. Learning a bit about Japanese Bento lunches may help you to get out of that 3-colour routine. Bentos are Japanese style lunch boxes and there is quite an interesting nutritional tradition to them. The goal is to include at least five different colours thus ensuring that there will be a variety of fruits and vegetables in every lunch box/meal. Another guideline, which is given out by the Japanese government, is that a lunch box should contain 3 parts grains, 1 part protein and 2 parts vegetables. For diabetics it makes sense to go for a 25% carbs, 25% protein and 50% veggies ratio. Even if the Internet is abuzz with cutesy elaborate bentos, there is no need to get into Japanese cooking or learn to make your food look cute. Ain’t nobody go time for that, right? You can build meals based on bento principles with any foods you like. Even if it takes some practice, eventually sticking to these guidelines will make it a lot easier to include all necessary fibers and nutrients while also keeping carbs and portions in check.

#2 Eat regularly

If it’s dropping into a dangerous low, spiking your BGs way too high when finally having a meal and maybe overeating in the process because you’ve been starving, or it being suddenly a lot harder to anticipate the way your BGs develop throughout the day, skipping meals or taking your meals too irregularly can affect your BGs in many unfavorable ways. Even if the daily hustle often doesn’t seem to allow it, try to make sure your metabolism keeps humming by eating regularly. If your schedule doesn’t allow for a proper meal, stock up on snacks that fit with your unique dietary needs. It will make your BGs more predictable, make it a lot easier to calculate your required medicine dosage, and thus give you more control over your diabetes!

#3 Hydrate properly

One of the first signs of high BG is feeling abnormally thirsty. Your body is giving you quite a clear message here. By longing for an increased water intake your body is trying to flush out some of the blood glucose with your urine. Try not to let it come that far and make sure to drink a sufficient amount of water every day. For adults depending on height and bodyweight this means usually 2 to 3 liters spread throughout the day. If you are already very thirsty, try not to chuck more than a tall glass at once, but rehydrate with some intervals. Also, don’t forget to provide your body with some minerals/salts as well to prevent water intoxication.

#4 Get moving!

Light to moderate exercise has been shown to lower BG levels and boost metabolism. Go for a brisk walk, take your bike for a light spin or take a dip in the pool. Try to take at least 30min three days a week to get yourself moving. Be sure to consult with your doctor about workout plans to tailor an exercise plan which fits your individual needs. This is particularly important as for some people exercising too vigorously might even raise BGs. For instance this is the case for people whose BG is higher than 240 mg/dl and whose urine contains ketones. If your GP gives you a go, be sure to check your BGs before and after exercising to see if your insulin intake needs to be adjusted. Also, do take water for hydration and a small snack or glucose tablet with you during your exercise in case your BG drops too low. Re-consult with your GP after some time to check if your workout routine needs adjustment. Take it easy and give yourself some time. It’s important to find your personal balance.

#5 Keep track of your blood sugars!

You, your life and your body are unique! Your individual metabolism, lifestyle and events in your life ultimately affect the way your body reacts to dietary changes and medication. Even if you feel you did everything right and followed your GPs advice, you might still get unpleasant surprises when checking your BGs. Don’t see this as failure from your side. Again, you are unique! The best way to bit by bit gain more control over your diabetes is to check BGs regularly, in different situations and times of the day, and record your moods, meals and other factors which seem important to you with your readings. Understanding is key! Keeping track of the unique way your body reacts to different environmental factors and dietary habits is the best way of eventually understanding how to control and stabilize your BGs in the long run.

Have you downloaded the Diabeto mobile application yet?

iOS – https://itunes.apple.com/in/app/diabeto-free-diabetes-management/id955246255?mt=8

Android – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.diabeto


Tips to reduce your Blood Sugars (Part 1)

Diabeto on macbook


Having high blood sugars sucks. Excessive thirst, the need to go to the loo way too often, dry mouth, fatigue or feeling irritable generally are the first warning signs that something is really wrong. Long-term hyperglycemia can cause kidney failure, eye damage, cardiovascular disease, nerve damage, joint problems, skin and gum infections and may even lead to a diabetic coma. This is why blood sugar control is such a vital part of short and long-term diabetes treatment. Besides the prescribed intake of insulin, there are many ways to additionally support your body in keeping up healthy BG levels. So, today we’re going to show you how to lower and generally normalize your BGs. You may have heard of most or all of these, but it’s always good to brush up on some basics, right?

Disclaimer: These are general ways to maintain normal blood glucose levels. If you are using insulin, you have to keep using it as to your doctor’s advice. If your blood glucose levels stay high for no apparent reason, DO check with your GP!

#1 Reduce Stress

Life has its way of throwing curve balls at us when we least expect it and daily life can be quite a hustle. However, stress is well known to increase blood pressure, heart rate and blood sugars. Be sure to create some time for the things you love and which let unwind from your daily routine. It may be a hobby, meditation, a good book, some quality time with friends or family, all of those can help you get the everyday buzz out of your system. Also, don’t forget to catch enough sleep. Try to aim for 7 to 9 hours every night.

#2 Skip sugary drinks

Let’s make this clear. Sugar does NOT cause diabetes! Yet, if you are diabetic sugary drinks might make your blood glucose skyrocket when you really don’t need it. Also, no matter if they are sweetened with refined sugar, fruit-glucose or honey, they are all packed with calories while having very little to no nutritional value. However, due to their ability to quickly spike blood glucose levels sugary drinks can be a quick rescue if you’re TD1 and are suffering a low. Other than that we suggest very moderate consumption.

 #3 Know your fats and proteins

The great thing about those two is that they won’t directly (or rather not as quickly) affect your blood sugars. However, try to opt for unsaturated fats and lean proteins rather than saturated fats and protein sources that come with saturated fats. Unsaturated fats have been shown to be connected to lowered insulin resistance. Delicious sources are nuts, olive oil, sesame seeds, peanut butter or avocados. An excellent source of lean protein is fish. Salmon and Tuna provide the additional benefit of Omega 3 fatty acids, which are suspected to have anti-inflammatory properties. Another great source of protein are beans, which are packed with fiber.

#4 Grab those fibers!

Diabetic or not, hardly anyone eats even close to enough fiber nowadays. This is quite a problem as fiber helps digestion, reduces blood fats, can help lower blood glucose and decreases insulin resistance. In order to reap all these benefits you regularly need to include at least 25 grams of fiber in your daily diet. Fiber is present in a whole range of foods like many whole grains, vegetables, fruits and beans. However, try to be aware of the individual content of carbohydrates present in these foods as well.

#5 Know your Carbs

‘DUH!’, right? Carbohydrates are so important because our body splits them into glucose thus directly raising BGs. If you take insulin-counting carbs is a necessity to properly calculate your dosage. And even if you don’t have to take insulin, knowing and watching your carbs is important to improve BGs and general health. It is no option however, to scratch them completely from your diet. Besides this being a tedious exercise as carbs are present in most foods (e.g. grains and flour based products, fruits, vegetables, potatoes, beer and wine, many dairy products, and anything containing sugar), diabetic or not, our body needs carbs for the central nervous system, kidneys, brain and muscles to function properly. For diabetics, or anybody who wants to sustain a healthy lifestyle for that matter, it is important to opt for foods with complex carbohydrates and high nutrient density. Complex carbs take longer to be split up into glucose and thus won’t make your BGs spike or rise too quickly. Opt for whole grain products, green veggies and beans, rather than white rice, white pasta and sugar. This doesn’t mean you can’t ever indulge. As long as you keep the big picture of your diet in mind, adjust medication and enjoy in moderation, you are free to eat whatever you like.

You can log your blood glucose, insulin, Carbs, activity and other notes using the Diabeto application.

Download the free Android app now – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.diabeto

Download the free iOS app here – https://itunes.apple.com/in/app/diabeto-free-diabetes-management/id955246255?mt=8

Stay tuned for the Part 2 of the Blog post next week

Diabeto iOS app is now available to download!

We have now relDiabetoiOSeased our Diabeto iOS application on the Apple app store. The application is free to download, this application will allow you to manually enter the blood glucose values as well as be compatible with the Diabeto hardware which should start shipping by last week of June to the Indiegogo supporters. With this application, you also get free cloud storage, you can log onto to the cloud and check your readings in here – http://my.diabe.to Just use the same username and password which you have used for logging in Diabeto iOS application.

Here is the list of Glucometers with which the iOS application would be compatible with,

1. Bayer Breeze 2

2. Contour TM

3. Contour TS

4. Contour link

5. Contour Next EZ

6. Contour plus

7. Relion Confirm

8. Relion Prime

9. Freestyle Lite

10. Freestyle Freedom lite

11. Glucocard Vital

12. Glucocard 01

13. Accuchek Active

14. Accuchek compact plus

15. Accuchek aviva nano

16. Accuchek aviva

17. Accuchek performa

18. Accuchek Performa nano

19. Fora GD40a

20. Accuchek aviva plus

21. CareSens N

22. CareSens N Pop

23. Freestyle mini

24. Mendor

25. One touch Ultra 2

26. One touch Ultra Easy

27. One touch Ultra Mini

Download the free Diabeto iOS application here – https://itunes.apple.com/in/app/diabeto-free-diabetes-management/id955246255?mt=8


Diabeto – Bringing smiles to people with diabetes in 2016!

We know, we know that this is another update from another startup/company letting you know about how awesome their year has been but…seriously, our year indeed was awesome and since you are the one who made it special for us, we are letting you know the updates, albeit short and sweet, yep, don’t wanna bore you much.

1. Indiegogo Campaign:

First of all, 2015 started with a bang, the Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, we raised $18,945 from dedicated supporters who believed in us. We do apologise again for the delay in shipping the hardware devices as there were unprecedented manufacturing challenges and they were made worse with software challenges too. However, we have sorted those problems and finally we are entering into manufacturing in January. The tooling has been set, the packaging has been designed, Shipping has been sorted and Our hardware team is all set to travel to China in January, expect regular updates on manufacturing from January on our blog and in here.

2. Diabeto RED IR Adapter

We finished the final device for IR Glucometers (Accuchek series), Diabeto RED and its fully functional as well. The manufacturing of the same would also be in January.

Compatible glucometers
3. More Glucometer compatibility

We added more glucometer compatibility and aiming to add more compatibility to Glucometers and hopefully CGMs too 🙂

4. Diabeto Android application + Cloud

Finally, we released our Android application along with cloud application. This was a massive step and we wanted to make sure that the application caters to everyone, even with people who won’t be using Diabeto hardware in the future. We want to make sure that via Diabeto, you get complete 360 degree diabetes care and hence we are also toying with doctor video consultation and even caregiver access via the application. We would like to hear your opinion on this one.

You can download the FREE Android application here – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.diabeto

5. B2B Diabeto SDK

We were getting many requests from hospitals, clinics and other diabetes companies for integrating readings from the Diabeto hardware into their mobile applications. We listened to them and coded the hardware SDK. We have already piloted with a few companies and if you want to integrate your mobile app with Diabeto hardware then do get in touch with us at contactus@diabe.to

Finally, 2016 would be the year when Diabeto hardware will see the light of the day and with it would be added features which would take the stress out of your Diabetes management. If you have any questions, please get in touch with us on contactus@diabe.to

Wishing you a very happy new year! 🙂

Diabeto is now compatible with GlucoRx Glucometers available in UK

We are happy to announce that Diabeto is now compatible with UK’s second largest BGM company – GlucoRx. With this update, the Diabeto birdy will be compatible with GlucoRx Nexus voice glucometer for both iOS and Android apps.

GlucoRx Nexus and Nexus mini would be compatible with Android phones only and the sync would be happening via an OTG cable which we would be providing.



If you have any questions about this integration, get in touch: contactus@diabe.to

Diabeto is now compatible with Bayer Contour Plus Glucometer

Diabeto with Bayer Contour plus We are happy to announce that the Diabeto hardware would be compatible with Bayer contour plus Glucometer. The port on this glucometer is 3.5mm, users will have to attach a 3.5mm adapter on top of the Diabeto before inserting the jack in the glucometer. Don’t worry, we will be providing the 3.5mm adapter in the Diabeto packaging. Also, like all Bayer series glucometer, Bayer Contour Plus needs to be switched on before the transfer happens. This glucometer would be compatible with both, iOS and Android applications.

Offlately, Bayer Contour plus is gaining popularity in India and other Asian countries and we were getting many inquiries for making this glucometer compatible with Diabeto. Well, so we have added another awesome Glucometer in our arsenal.

Yes, we are constantly working on new Glucometer compatibility so stay tuned for more updates. Meanwhile, we will be first launching the Diabeto iOS, Android applications and the cloud app. Users would be able to add blood glucose manually with the application and get a detailed view of their diabetes management in the cloud application.

Diabeto private beta for iOS application + Cloud begins

Diabeto Android and iOS application Intro screen

First of all, massive thanks to all the awesome people who have been helping us with testing the Android application and the cloud. With your help, we have been able to solve many bugs which we couldn’t detect ourselves.

Now its time for the mighty iOS users to flex their muscles. We will be launching the iOS private beta testing next week. If you want to help us by testing the application and get a feel of how the application is, please fill this small questionnaire and we will get back to you – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7M9V357

There’s more, with the iOS application, you will also get access to the Diabeto cloud. Diabeto cloud helps you get a deep insight in your current diabetes management and also if you want to take a free video consultation from one of our panel endocrinologist, you can try and complete the entire diabetes management.

And remember, we are in it together, together we will fight Diabetes!

Proud to be a Bean Counter

bean count·er

noun informal derogator
a person, typically an accountant or bureaucrat, perceived as placing excessive emphasis on controlling expenditure and budgets.

If you are interested in taming diabetes, you need to become a proud bean (carb) counter. American Diabetic Association (ADA) recommends 30g/60g/60g of carbs for breakfast lunch and dinner respectively.

What I am going to be somewhat shocking when you start to overlay carb numbers over the items you eat…

Let us see how what you might consider a healthy breakfast from Carb Point of view

1. Cup of coffee : Coffee, Milk (12g per 8 oz) , Sugar (4g) – Total : 16 g (dude, you have already used up 50% of your breakfast allowance)
2. 1/3 bowl of Oatmeal : 40 g of carb !!
3. 1 banana : 30 gm of carb
4. 4 strawberry : 5 * 4 = 20 g carb

Total breakfast carbs : 86 g (remember the ADA number of 60)

Let us take Lunch
1. 1 cup of rice (45 g of carb)
2. Potatoe based subji (with one full potato) – 37 g
3. 2 chappati (16-3) 13 *2 = 26g of carbs !

Unless you can try to eat Shirataki Noodle or Rice (both are 0 carb), you are going to find a tough time with most foods… Then what food options do we have ?

1. 3 crackers 13 g net carb (Crisp’n Light)
2. 1 g 8 oz – Unsweetened Original Almond Milk
3. 7 g for 6 oz – Greek Yoghurt
4. 1 net carb snack !! – Flackers crackers
5. 1 net gram drink mix (goes well with 1g almond milk) – Protein Powder

So what do I eat :
1. My typical breakfast is WASA cracker with almond milk
2. Mid morning snack is flax cracker
3. My lunch and dinner are similar: Salad (lots of cucumber, green beans), 1/3 rice with subji or sambar, 6 oz of Fahe Yogurt
4. Between times I take Whey drink with Almond milk and or snacking cheese (1g carb each)

By periodic poking, you can get real time feedback – you can try many variations : replace rice with quinoa, buckwheat or even smaller carb option by using cauliflower rice (ground cauliflower).

This is a guest post by Radha Venkat. She is recently diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and is a fan of data. Check out her blog here

Diabeto Android Beta App Testing Phase

If you have been following us on social networks like Facebook and Twitter and also if you are our Indiegogo supporter, you would know that we have started the recruitment process for our private beta phase for Android app and cloud software. This testing would include the following main features,

1. Manual entry of Blood glucose readings from the application i.e without the use of Diabeto hardware.

2. Detailed drill down of your data on the cloud.

3. Testing the video consultation feature on the cloud.

We will be giving every person who has chosen to take a tele-consultation, one free consultation from one of our panel doctor who is an endocrinologist.

If you still want to take part in the beta testing, fill a simple form here – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/L8YRHGC