Fighting to Control Diabetes
New technology can sense, and stop, a drop in blood sugar before it becomes life-threatening
Each day while five-year-old Lucas Grisoli is at school, his parents, Kelly and Graham, wait for texts from his teachers every few hours. The teachers test Lucas’ blood sugar and send updates. If the sugar level is high, Kelly or Graham direct them to give Lucas insulin. If it’s low, Lucas can have some sugar to bring it back to an appropriate level. At home, Mom and Dad take over testing, counting carbohydrates, doing calculations for insulin doses. Managing Lucas’ health is a 24/7 job.
Lucas is a Type-1 diabetic. Kelly says that by some calculations, Type-1 diabetics make more than 150 additional decisions per day when it comes to diet, exercise, medication and more to keep their numbers in check. For young diabetics, that duty falls to their caregivers.
“On a day-to-day basis there’s so much that goes into managing his diabetes just from the standpoint of making extra decisions of, did he have all of his breakfast, lunch or dinner? How much exercise did he have?” Graham says. “All that can affect whether he’s going to drop low or stay high. So you’re constantly making extra decisions pretty much hour by hour.”Read the story
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