It's national diabetes awareness month, and for those
affected by the diesease, there's exciting news just
around the corner.
News 8's Madalyn O'Neill has more on how new technology
will change the lives of those with diabetes.
Juvenile diabetes affects about one in 700 children
and doctors say more and more kids are being diagnosed
Also known as Type One Diabetes, it means your body
doesn't produce insulin, and while right now it can't
be cured, it can be treated.
And those treatments are making it much easier for
those with diabetes to manage their condition.
Sophie is your average, energetic first-grader.
Sophie: mmhmm!" mandy:" Maybe too much energy sometimes."
But only two years ago .
that wasn't the case.
We saw Sophie as being a little off.
What we came to find out later were the telltale signs
The diagnosis and all the new work that came with
it was scary at first.
Curtis Absolutely yeah." Sophie: "I was scared too!"
But now they've adjusted.
Put blood on test strip.
there you go .
Sophie tests her blood six to seven times a day ...
NAT: BEEP this tells us how much glucose is in the
and is now on an insulin pump, which delivers insulin
directly into her body.
which really made life a whole lot easeir for her
and us, but now that theres things right around the
corner that can make life even easier is really exciting
and keeps us hopeful.
The FDA recently approved a new, artificial pancreas
which has a continuous glucose sensor that works directly
with a insulin pump.
So this system allows you to continuously montior
your blood sugar level without having to do so many
frequent finger pokes, and that info is then transmitted
to insulin pump which can give more or less insluin
based on whatever that blood sugar is.
The local branch of JDRF has raised 500 thousand dollars
over the past five years in La Crosse alone, and Smith
says that money went directly to the new technology.
With these new devices they will automically get that
insulin level to where they should be so you won't
be in danger.
as parent whose been there, that is sucha blessing.
All the resarch , all the money donagted to organizitons
like JDRF are really making a difference.
it benifts kids like Sophie.
In LaX, MO, N8
According to a doctor at Gundersen Health System,
we can expect to see those artificial pancreases available
There's another exciting development for treating
diabetes, isn't there?
Yes, the doctor I spoke with today told me there's
implant device undergoing clinical trials now, with
cells that actually produce insulin.
That could make a huge difference in the daily life
of people with diabetes.