Rufus, the Bear with Diabetes 4+

Empath Labs Inc.

    • 4.4 • 33 Ratings
    • Free



Rufus, the Bear with Diabetes® powered by Breakthrough T1D™ is a best friend for children with type 1 diabetes.

By taking care of Rufus, this app enables children to gain hands-on experience with diabetes management through play! Kids can feed Rufus foods, administer insulin using a pen or a pump, and check Rufus’ blood sugar.

Rufus the Bear provides comfort and education in a safe environment by focusing on Rufus’ simulated diabetes.

• Practice diabetes basics by caring for Rufus.
• Check Rufus’ blood sugar with a glucometer, test strips, and lancet.
• Prepare Rufus’ insulin pen and dial a dose of insulin.
• Activate Rufus’ infusion site to use the insulin pump.
• Rufus’ Kitchen! Explore carb values in a variety of foods in the pantry and prepare a plate of food for the hungry bear!
• Learn about the effect of carbohydrates and insulin on Rufus’ body.
• Rufus’ Stories! Follow along as Rufus learns new sports and activities to compete in the All Star Games with 21 animated storybooks.
• Tasks with Navi. Check in with Navi, Rufus’ trainer, to unlock Rufus’ stories by completing a set of tasks to help take care of Rufus’ diabetes!

Rufus the Bear has provided comfort and companionship to newly diagnosed children with T1D for 25 years. He has helped tens of thousands of kids (and parents) be brave as they learn a world of finger pricks and shots.

As the leading global type 1 diabetes (T1D) research and advocacy organization, Breakthrough T1D helps make everyday life with type 1 diabetes better while driving toward cures. Along with your new friend Rufus, we offer information, resources and tools to help you take on the challenges of T1D and live healthier and happier.

Since 2021, we have partnered with Empath Labs to bring you a mobile app for an educational and interactive Rufus, the Bear with Diabetes powered by Breakthrough T1D.

Rufus the Bear is a free app to help children and families with type 1 diabetes. To enhance play and learning, this app can be used with a companion stuffed animal!

Through the generous support of our community and corporate partners, Rufus, the Bear with Diabetes powered by Breakthrough T1D is provided free of charge in every Bag of Hope given to newly diagnosed children with T1D.

We recognize that some parents and children who have already received our classic furry friend may want to add a new Rufus to their family! We have limited numbers available for purchase on the Breakthrough T1D Store.


Empath Labs is a patient-centered research and development company focused on kids' health. For 12 years, Empath Labs has worked closely with the T1D community to help improve the lives of newly diagnosed children, focused on bringing comfort and joy through interactive play.

What’s New

Version 1.1.2

Adventure awaits in Rufus' World! This update includes a few bug fixes for an enhanced experience.

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 Ratings

Diabetic lady ,

Lindsey age 10

I was diagnosed with diabetes about a year ago. A couple of months after I was diagnosed, I started feeling really discouraged.😔 to cheer me up, my dad went to the store to try to buy me something that would be helpful. He had picked out a teddy bear named Rufus and he showed me how to do finger pricks and shots. I was so overjoyed to see that I wasn’t the only one who had diabetes! One day, I was playing chess with Rufus, and I heard my dad calling my name. “Lindsey, this app is for you.” He said “you can now do finger pokes and shots on my phone without me having to worry about it.’’ Rufus the bear with diabetes will always have a special place in my heart ♥️. I hope this app is helping.

Hello kitty Ari ,


I was recently diagnosed with type one diabetes about one year later from them, I had went on the App Store to see if they had any diabetes games available. I suddenly saw Rufus the bear diabetes game, and I was shocked. I immediately grabbed my Rufus the bear teddy bear held him tight and asked permission for the game few minutes later I had the game, as soon as I figured that out, I went straight inside of the game to see what it was all about immediately blood sugar went high. I had to give him a fingerstick, and it was so realistic to real fingersticks diagnosed with diabetes. This is great to give needles/injections to learn how to give insulin on any available pump if you’re doing the fingerstick or injection/needle hold it up to one of the areas on the body where an injection/needle and fingerstick can be put then you will see a red light or blue green, or any color light onto the screen and then your phone will get a vibrate and that’s when you know that the phone knows that that is the real part of Rufus‘s body to put the fingerstick on this game is really realistic and educational so if anybody is diagnosed diabetes around here, it’s a great game to play and learn on! 😁

gill( love toca boca ,


I love this game!!!!! I think they should add more though. I think they should add treating a low because when I was playing the game I went to 35. They should also add more food!!!!!I also think they should add excerzize and a doctors office! With these add in this will be amazing.

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