Diabetes can be painful in more ways than one.
In this Sinclair Cares Report, Jay Siltzer shows how technology is reducing finger pricks for diabetics, while improving overall health.
All Cora Shelton wants to do is dance. "I do jazz, tap, ballet, contemporary, and hip-hop... and sometimes modern," said Cora.
But the 10-year-old performer's pancreas recently gave out, resulting in a diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes.
Her mother, Kim Shelton said, “She's still able to do the same things she's always done just with a little more effort involved.”
Cora admitted she was scared, primarily about the finger pricks, so the fifth grader told her diabetes educator, who offered a new alternative.
The alternative for Cora was getting a continuous glucose monitoring device.
Certified Diabetes Educator Wendy Billingsley said, “With a needle, we put the device onto the skin and the needle is removed, and a little wire goes into the skin and measures the glucose or blood sugar in the interstitial fluid.”
An electronic reader scanned over the bicep disk, which is replaced every two weeks, indicates whether blood sugar levels are stable, trending up requiring insulin or down needing sugar.
Kim Shelton said, “I think this device has made it easier for her to want to take care of herself.”
Wendy Billingsley said, “It's so nice for kids because they don't have to take time out during the school day to prick their finger... and they have more information.”
That information allows Cora to keep practicing safely while avoiding a health crisis.