Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) announced today that it partnered with actress Jennifer Stone to help raise awareness on diabetes technology.
Stone, best known for portraying “Harper Finkle” on Disney Channel’s Wizards of Waverly Place,” will work with Medtronic Diabetes to help others with type 1 diabetes learn more about the technologies that can make life with the chronic condition easier.
Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2013, Stone — who was taking a break from her acting career to attend college — decided to change her major from psychology to nursing to learn more about her own body and her own condition, as well as others living with health challenges.
She currently works as a registered nurse in Los Angeles while continuing to act and is an advocate for Medtronic’s InPen smart insulin pen, which helps to simplify her diabetes management routine and decrease daily decisions and calculations that had previously been required to manage the disease, Medtronic said in a news release.
“It can be daunting to be diagnosed with type 1 diabetes because it’s something you have to live with for the rest of your life and manage every single day,” Stone said in the release. “I remember feeling like no one truly understood what I was going through, and I struggled for a while to learn what solutions worked best for my diabetes management. I didn’t want to give up the things I loved or dramatically change my routine. I’m thrilled I found the Medtronic InPen system – it fits seamlessly into my life and makes living with diabetes easier.”
InPen offers personalized insulin dosing recommendations and reminders, carb-counting support, active insulin tracking and automatic dose logging, providing more information automatically to help the user think less about diabetes decisions. It also features shareable reports sent directly to a mobile app for visibility and tracking with healthcare teams and others.
“Through technologies like the Medtronic InPen system, we’re working to decrease the number of decisions that people living with diabetes have to make every day so they can spend less time on diabetes management and more time on living their best life,” said Que Dallara, EVP and president, Medtronic Diabetes. “We’re excited to partner with Jennifer Stone to broaden awareness around the power of diabetes technology and the important role it can play in their life.”