Close to 26 million people in this country have diabetes, including one in every four-hundred children. For years, the only choice those with insulin-dependent diabetes had was to wear an insulin pump with tubes.
But, they can sometimes tangle up and embarrass the user, or get in the way of enjoying activities. Now, the world's first tubeless insulin pump is changing that.
Whether it's practicing Tae-Kwon-Do, or wrestling around with his younger brother, 9-year-old Parker Gregory doesn't let anything slow him down.
Parker Gregory, has type 1 diabetes, describes what he likes to do at the pool, "When I go to the pool and stuff I always like to go off the high dive."
While Parker is full of life, he was diagnosed at age 6 with a deadly disease: type 1 diabetes, as a nurse, Parker's dad knows the disease all too well.
James Gregory, Parker's dad, describes what his thoughts are when he hears about diabetes, "I see amputations. I see people losing their eyesight. Kidney failure, heart disease."
As a father, it was tough to explain.
James Gregory, describes how tough it was to tell his son that it would continue for ever, "I said I'm sorry and had to tell him all those needles and pricks and things that hurt would have to continue for the rest of his life."
Parker Gregory, "It's not fun at all."
But parker is a fighter, and thanks to the world's first tubeless insulin pump, Parker gets to act like any other kid his age.
Parker Gregory, describes how he is like any other kid, “Oh I feel great just like a normal person. Except I have a pump on. It sticks to my body right here."
With a traditional pump, tubing carries life-saving insulin to the body. The Omnipod, which is waterproof, delivers insulin without tubes or shots, for up to three days.
Dr. Deidre McSweeney –Tyson, describes how much better the tubeless pump works then taking shots, "You're not pulling out syringes. You're not freaking people out with you know medical supplies."
And it's all controlled wirelessly through this hand-held device, giving kids like Parker, the freedom to be themselves.
The symptoms of type 1 diabetes include weight loss, increased thirst and frequent urination. Incredibly, Parker's family found out he had diabetes when ants began congregating in the bathroom.
They were attracted to the high levels of sugar in Parker's urine, and prompted his parents to test his glucose levels.
TOPIC: DUMP THE OLD PUMP! THE NEW DEVICE FOR DIABETICS
BACKGROUND: Type 1 diabetes affects children because their pancreas does not produce insulin. It used to be known as juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes. Children with diabetes receive injections, learn to count carbohydrates and monitor blood sugar.
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CAUSES: Most people with type 1 diabetes have it as result of the body's immune system in which it mistakenly destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas.
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SYMPTOMS: Symptoms can include: extreme hunger, weight loss, fatigue, irratibility or unusual behavior, blurred vision or yeast infection.
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TREATMENT: The tubeless insulin pump known as the OmniPod is a new device that was created to hold and deliver insulin as an alternative to injections. It comes with a PDM, a personal diabetes monitor, that wirelessly programs a personalized insulin delivery, calculates suggested doses, and has a built in blood glucose meter.
The OmniPod is waterproof, therefore users are able to swim and bathe with it on. The PDM does not need to be near the OmniPod all the time, only when programming insulin delivery, or to respond to Pod alarms or alerts.
Insulin is filled into the Pod using a fill syringe that comes with the Pod.
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ADVANTAGES: The OmniPod is continuous because it eliminates daily injections and reduces highs and lows of insulin levels, therefore decreasing diabetic complications.