Bolus calculator with nutrition database software, a new concept of prandial insulin programming for pump users

J Diabetes Sci Technol. 2010 May 1;4(3):571-6. doi: 10.1177/193229681000400310.


Bolus calculators are effective tools in controlling blood glucose levels in patients treated with insulin. Diabetics is a new software devised for patients to facilitate and improve self-managing for prandial insulin dosing and for better controlling food intake. This device contains two integral parts: a nutrition database and a bolus calculator. The algorithm is based on a formula in which carbohydrate (CHO) and either fat and/or protein (FP) products are engulfed in insulin. The insulin dose setting is programmed individually for CHO in a normal bolus (N-W) and for FP in a square-wave bolus (S-W). The device calculates the dose of insulin for N-W or S-W, suggests the optimal kind of bolus, and indicates the timing in hours for an S-W bolus. In addition, this calculator, which contains a nutrition database and insulin dosing software, helps determine the correct type of necessary boluses for selected foods.

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms*
  • Databases, Factual
  • Diabetes Mellitus / drug therapy
  • Dietary Carbohydrates
  • Dietary Fats
  • Dietary Proteins
  • Eating
  • Humans
  • Hypoglycemic Agents / administration & dosage*
  • Insulin / administration & dosage*
  • Insulin Infusion Systems*
  • Self Administration
  • Software*


  • Dietary Carbohydrates
  • Dietary Fats
  • Dietary Proteins
  • Hypoglycemic Agents
  • Insulin