Rufus, the Bear with Diabetes

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About this game

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!
Updated on
Jan 10, 2024

Data safety

Safety starts with understanding how developers collect and share your data. Data privacy and security practices may vary based on your use, region, and age. The developer provided this information and may update it over time.
This app may share these data types with third parties
App activity
This app may collect these data types
App activity and App info and performance
Data is encrypted in transit
Committed to follow the Play Families Policy

Ratings and reviews

42 reviews
Tiffany Morales
January 3, 2022
The moment my 4 year found out he could feed Rufus, he has not let go of the bear. He takes him everywhere now. Currently playing basketball with Rufus right now. The app is easy to use but just a minor issue, my 4 year is constantly asking to read Nivas messages.. maybe get the messages to be read out loud for non-readers.?
15 people found this review helpful
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Holly Jones
September 25, 2022
It is the best app. I can feed rufus and take care of him. He is so beautiful fun and a grest emtional bear. I could not imagine my life without him and taking care of him. Best app to teach us how to count carbs give insulin and to see how it all effects my blood sugars. Love it must have app. 😍
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Karen Walters
January 21, 2024
Didn't understand how this game worked, regardless of trying many times, and didn't like that it kept switching to camera, especially as it's apparently meant to be a child's game. Why would that be necessary?
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Empath Labs
February 2, 2024
Thank you for your review! The app has two modes: (1) you may use the camera to enable augmented reality play with the colorful patches of the Rufus plush bear, or (2) you can turn off the camera entirely and interact with a cartoon Rufus in the app. You can change this in Settings. We hope that helps answer your question and concern!

What's new

Rufus now runs smoothly on Android 14! We hope you enjoy visiting Rufus' World!