Oftentimes, to countless parents all over the world, whose children have diabetes, sleeping at night is the least thing they have in mind.
Some young people with diabetes can not rest through the night without fear of having their blood sugar levels fall so low as to place their lives in danger.
Dutiful parents may have no option but to continue to keep constant vigil turn by turn through the night, to make sure that the baby wakes up alright within the morning. But there is new hope.
A new medical device that can measure a child's blood glucose levels during the night and at the same time administer the correct amount of insulin if needed through an attached insulin administration pump. The Lancet, the British medical specialty journal, confirmed this medical report, and furthers that manufacturers of this medical device will soon begin distribution in the market.
Prior to this advancement, children with juvenile diabetes (or Type I diabetes), had a blood glucose level monitor that did a continuous monitoring job all night, and a second unit, an automatic insulin administration pump that worked independently from the first machine.
Juvenile diabetes is a condition that begins in childhood. Having a child with diabetes can drastically changed the lives of a family in many ways as diabetes management is critical and life long.
Children with diabetes need to have intricate medical device setup due to sudden decrease in blood sugar levels, or hypoglycemia, can drive a child into tremors, seizures, and possibly even a coma, or death. Also, children with this medical condition have blood sugar levels that fluctuate anytime, and a simple automated pump which administers insulin at timed intervals is not much effective.
In a study conducted among a group of young people in which a group was placed on the new device, and the other group was placed on the usual method. The typical method sounded the alarm for seriously reduced blood sugar levels for some children, but the system was incapable to reach in time.
In America, there are almost 500,000 persons with Type 1 diabetes and are using this sort of typical insulin administration method. A conventional way to obtain sample for blood sugar detection was to prick the skin on the fingertip, for several times a day. But there are new tools that can measure blood sugar amounts with sensors attached to the skin.
But, cautionary measures should be taken when using this sensor along with an automatic insulin administration pump. An instance would be if sudden reduced of blood sugar amounts are detected the device sounds the alarm; however, if the person fails to hear this, the pump will keep on transmitting insulin into the blood to metabolize the absent glucose. This could develop into an extremely unsafe condition.
With the new medical device, both functions of devices are already integrated in one package, and are working together to measure blood glucose levels accurately while administering proper amounts of insulin with out further assistance. Johnson & Johnson and Artificial Pancreas Project are working closely to deliver this medical device in a more handy and transportable size.
It might seem somewhat mysterious why this hasn't been possible before; but monitoring blood glucose ranges reliably, and preparing insulin administration in real time, is no small matter. Chip technology and computer programming technology needed to advance sufficiently so this could happen.
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