The new diabetic information that has just come to hand that Doctors at Princess Margaret Hospital in Perth Australia are in the early trials to revolutionize how children with Type 1 diabetes administer their daily insulin doses which uses a special sensor that sits just under the skin that transmits data to a mobile phone!
To date anyone with Type 1 diabetes needs to monitor and measure their blood sugar levels anything up to ten times per day by carrying out the normal finger prick tests.
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Depending on the results they then would then calculate how much insulin that they would need to administer from either a pump that they wear or by injection.
The new device being trialed relies on electronic sensor injected under the skin, to take constant blood sugar readings, by doing this it does away with the normal finger prick tests.
With diabetic information from the sensor it will send those readings to a specially programmed mobile phone which automatically calculates how much insulin the child needs and tells the pump exactly how much insulin to release into the blood stream.
In the trial a thirteen year old Perth school boy (William Goyder) became the first child in the world to take part in using this exciting new technology and his parents are absolutely thrilled thus far with the results as you see before the trial the parents needed to get up twice within the night to check William’s blood sugar levels to ensure that he would not be in danger of slipping into a diabetic coma.
“We trialed it over two nights and it kept his blood sugar levels stable,” William’s father and Wesfarmers managing director Richard Goyder said.
“This is quiet ground-breaking technology. “William was obviously very excited about it because it can make a big difference.”
Head of the hospital’s diabetes department Tim Jones said the device had been developed as part of a wider international project to invent an artificial pancreas to act as a technological solution to insulin replacement. “So far the device has worked beautifully,” Professor Jones said.
“The idea is to take the person out of the loop because people are unreliable and put a machine there instead.”
Doctors at the hospital will continue the trial by seeing if the device works over two nights and under different conditions, including while a diabetic child is exercising.
For other diabetic information see Princess Margaret Hospital or refer to article written by Belinda Tasker from the Canberra Times.
We all look forward to new diabetic information as it comes to hand eagerly, anything to make our day to day lives easier!