Rufus, the Bear with Diabetes 4+

Sproutel, Inc.

    • 4.4 • 16 Ratings
    • Free



Rufus, the Bear with Diabetes® 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 with Diabetes 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.

Just as diabetes technology has evolved and improved, so has our favorite furry friend! JDRF is proud to introduce a Rufus who can comfort and teach in a whole new way! Thanks to the JDRF-Beyond Type 1 Alliance and our partnership with Sproutel, Rufus, the Bear with Diabetes has some exciting new features, and even his own app!

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!

JDRF, through the generous support of our community and corporate partners, provides Rufus, the Bear with Diabetes 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 JDRF Store.


Sproutel is a patient-centered research and development company focused on kids' health. For 10 years, Sproutel 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 with Jerry the Bear. Together, we are now bringing our worlds together, for expanded interactivity, education, and play!

What’s New

Version 1.0.2

We fixed some minor bugs, including one of Navi’s tasks that had a mistake!

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

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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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Good Gane

My friend was diagnosed with T1d almost a year ago and I’ve been looking for apps to help me to understand what’s they’re going through. After a month or two I stumbled upon this one and I tried. I’ve been playing this game for months and even though the story is short I think that this game is very helpful. I’ve noticed that something’s are inaccurate like how you wouldn’t use two units of insulin for a five carb apple, also when Rufus is low you can’t give him juice, well you can but it won’t work.

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This game taught my sibling so much

This game is awesome, I have T1D and my sibling played this game and now understands a lot more about what I have to do to keep my blood sugar in range. One thing I think they could fix is when it says Rufus is low, giving him juice doesn’t bring him up and instead I have to give him something like bread. Overall this game is great it’s a fun way to teach kids about diabetes management, and how to treat high or low blood sugars to keep them in range. I would recommend this game 😁

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