There used to be a lot of bolus calculators in the app store, maybe you’ve used one and haven’t updated it in a while. Don’t try now.. it’s likely been pulled. Apple and the FDA are cracking down on this types of tools – no unreasonable, right? But surely there are more coming.. how hard can it be to create a simple insulin bolus calculator that’s FDA approved, easy to find, easy to use, free, and doesn’t require you buy anything else? Turns out, it’s pretty darn hard. We’re talking about that today with the inventor of such an app with an interesting story – he’s still in high school.

My guest this week was diagnosed with type 1 at age 13 – and while he and his family were calling in every blood sugar to help their doctor make adjustments, he thought there should be a better way. So Drew Mendelow created T1D1. I’ll let him and his parents Laura and Mike tell you more about it and what makes it unique.

It was recommended by his doctors to other patients and the word spread – they had tens of thousands of downloads. But in 2021, the FDA started cracking down on these kinds of apps and Apple pulled it. Drew has been working toward approval ever since and they’re pretty close.

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