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Study completed with insulin pump allows real-time glucose monitoring

The first medical device to integrate insulin pump therapy and continuous glucose monitoring
The first medical device to integrate insulin pump therapy and continuous glucose monitoring is pictured above. The Diabetes Treatment Center recently completed a study using this device.
The Diabetes Treatment Center recently completed a study using the first medical device to integrate insulin pump therapy with real-time continuous glucose monitoring (CGM).  This device, now approved by the FDA, is one of the first major steps toward the creation of an artificial pancreas. Patients were able to see their blood sugar levels every 10 minutes. The pump displayed real-time glucose values, trend graphs, and directional arrows, allowing patients to discover how diet, exercise, medication, and lifestyle affect their glucose levels. With this information, patients gained valuable insights and intervened earlier to reduce the frequency and severity of high and low glucose levels. For many patients, the use of this device freed them from multiple daily injections and was life-changing. 

The Diabetes Treatment Center offers training for using this exciting new technology and other devices that give continuous real-time glucose readings to people with diabetes. These new devices are a valuable resource to help people manage their diabetes much more effectively.

Education for the self-management of diabetes is considered treatment for diabetes.

The mission of the Diabetes Treatment Center is to train people how to prevent or delay the devastating complications associated with diabetes such as blindness, strokes, amputations, and kidney failure, to name a few. The CGM device provides one more tool to offer people to help manage this disease.

The center offers a 10-hour education program for people to learn the skills to manage their blood sugar. The program is recognized by the American Diabetes Association as providing up-to-date and accurate information about diabetes. Most insurances cover diabetes education.

Ask for a physician referral to the Diabetes Treatment Center for the 10-hour education program and other research opportunities. For more information call (909) 558-3022.

By Scott Lee, MD, medical director, Diabetes Treatment Center

TODAY news for Thursday, August 24, 2006