Having fun!!!

In the spirit of ‘Inspired by Diabetes’ I thought it would be nice to look at some places around the web that take a lighter approach to awareness and living with the disease.

The American Diabetes Association has a section on their website called ‘Fun and Games’. It is a page featurning many diabetes-themed games to take your mind off diabetes for a few minutes. Games such as Build a Healthy Kid and the Interactive Crossword puzzle are both educational and fun for kids.  

There are a number of fun quizzes online to test your knowledge of diabetes. One great one is the Celebrity Diabetes Quiz on Diabeteens.com. This quiz is more diabetes specific but still fun.

Here’s a neat game on the diabetes blog Tudiabetes – It is a True or False game played through the comments section of the post.


Glucoboy: Diabetes Management for Your DS or GBA

This is a great idea. Nintendo is really smart.


Posted by Jonathan on Monday, December 3rd, 2007 at 5:20 on Gaming Today: News for Gamers

glucoboy1.jpgThe DS can do a lot of things these days: tune into TV, test your brain, make you look like a fool whenever your asked to blow into the mic while playing it out in public. But it looks like Nintendo’s little device has just gotten a new use with the “Glucoboy.” The Glucoboy is essentially a glucose monitor that plugs into a GBA or the GBA slot on a DS. The cartridge is intended to make diabetes management more fun for younger users by awarding points each time they perform a test. More points are awarded for falling within specific blood sugar limits, which can then be spent in the two included games or in the GRiP (Guidance Reward Platform) community for accessories, apparel, and cards for one of the games, called “Knock ‘Em Downs.”

The device was introduced a couple weeks ago in Australia for World Diabetes Day, and was created by Paul Wessel. Wessel came up with the idea when he noticed his 9-year old son would always misplace his glucose monitor, but could always find his Gameboy. It took him three years to get Nintendo’s approval, but now he has a great gadget in production to help diabetic kids keep track of their blood sugar level. Hopefully though, this doesn’t start a trend of games that require human blood to play.