Mon. Jun 17th, 2024
Type 1 diabetes is no match for this gymnast

Mia Campos, a 15-year-old gymnast from San Antonio, has been living with type 1 diabetes for five years. She was diagnosed during a gymnastics competition when she began experiencing symptoms like excessive thirst and frequent urination. Since then, she has been using traditional insulin pumps which required constant programming and often experienced glitches.

Fortunately, her pediatric endocrinologist recommended the “bionic pancreas,” which has now been cleared by the FDA for commercial use. This device is clipped to her jeans and uses AI software to tailor insulin delivery to her glucose levels.

The iLet device, approved for use in individuals aged six and up, requires just one input regarding the size of the user’s next meal. The device then learns the user’s biorhythms and delivers insulin accordingly, keeping blood sugar levels stable. Mia is thrilled with the benefits of the device, allowing her to focus on her homework and gymnastics training rather than constantly worrying about her carb intake and insulin levels.

Dr. Lynch, Mia’s pediatric endocrinologist, emphasizes that diet and exercise are still critical components of managing blood sugar levels. However, he believes that this new technology will greatly benefit individuals, particularly children who have busy lives and struggle to manually track their carb intake.

By Aiden Nguyen

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