Diabetes can be painful in more ways than one.
In this Sinclair Cares, Jay Siltzer shows us how technology is reducing finger sticks for diabetics while improving overall health.
All Cora Shelton wants to do is dance.
âI do jazz, tap, ballet, contemporary, and hip-hop… and sometimes modern,” said Cora Shelton.
But the 10-year-old performer’s pancreas recently gave out, resulting in a diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes.
âShe’s still able to do the same things she’s always done just with a little more effort involved,” said Kim Shelton, Cora’s mother.
âI was just scared.” “Scared?” “mumhum….â
Primarily about the finger pricks the fifth grader told her diabetes educator, who offered a new alternative.
It’s a step in the right direction; for Cora it was getting a continuous glucose monitoring device.
âWith a needle, we put this onto the skin and the needle is removed,” said Wendy Billingsley, a Certified Diabetes Educator. “A little wire goes into the skin and measures the glucose or blood sugar in the interstitial fluid.â
A 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.
âI think this device has made it easier for her to want to take care of herself,” said Shelton.
âIt’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,” said Billingsley.
That information allows Cora to keep practicing safely while avoiding a health crisis.
Her life is truly in step.
Health providers say continuous glucose monitors can cost patients as little as $50 a month without insurance.