Alternative to standard insulin pump could help Type 1 diabetics

5 years 9 months 4 days ago Monday, December 22 2014 Dec 22, 2014 Monday, December 22, 2014 5:52:00 PM CST December 22, 2014 in News
By: Spencer Wilson, KOMU 8 News
loading

COLUMBIA - Diabetic Julian Douglas was recuperating after a night out with his friends, but as they day dragged on, he continued to feel miserable. 

After the second day of feeling delusional, Douglas passed out at a pizza restaurant and was rushed to the hospital where he was diagnosed with high ketones, causing his blood sugar to rise above 1,000.

"Your blood sugar should be about 100." Douglas said. "So they had to put me in a medically-induced coma to get my numbers under control."

Ever since, Douglas has this brush with death, he has been much more careful with his treatment.

"My endocrinologist told me to check six to eight times a day just to make sure your blood sugars are staying normalized, and if they are high you can attack that right away."

Type 1 diabetics will soon be able to avoid human error when checking their blood sugar, thanks to something called an artificial pancreas, which are in testing phase.

Michael Gardner, an endocrinologist with the University of Missouri, said the input-free devices work differently than insulin pumps.

"With an artificial pancreas, it takes the data of what the blood sugar is, where the blood sugar is headed, and determines what the insulin dose at that time should be." Gardner said."With insulin pumps, in the end, the dose decision has to be the users'."

A new study shows that glucose levels were in the desired range 10 percent more often with test subjects using artificial pancreases than those using manual insulin pumps.

It also found that fewer instances of hypoglycemia accrued with artificial pancreases than conventional pumps.

Despite the advantages, Douglas said he will probably stick with current methods.

"Even with those statistics, I personally wouldn't switch," Douglas said "I've got my system down now and I'm happy with it.

The lack of familiarity isn't the only disadvantage of an artificial pancreas.

Gardner said, "The technology has a hard time accounting for when you eat, when your blood sugar goes up very quickly, but the blood sugar in your skin does not go up very quickly where the sensor is. So it's harder for the computer to understand if it's distributing the correct dosage." 

 

More News

Grid
List
STE. GENEVIEVE - Blair Oaks' 51 regular season game win streak ended against Valle Catholic on Friday. Blair Oaks fell... More >>
7 hours ago Friday, September 25 2020 Sep 25, 2020 Friday, September 25, 2020 8:47:00 PM CDT September 25, 2020 in Friday Night Fever
(CNN) -- Covid-19 vaccinations could start as early as November, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert, said... More >>
8 hours ago Friday, September 25 2020 Sep 25, 2020 Friday, September 25, 2020 7:55:00 PM CDT September 25, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia’s Goodwill Excel Center Hosted its very first commencement ceremony. The Goodwill Excel Center is a free... More >>
8 hours ago Friday, September 25 2020 Sep 25, 2020 Friday, September 25, 2020 7:51:00 PM CDT September 25, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Nine television stations have pulled an ad criticizing Democratic candidate for Missouri governor Nicole Galloway. ... More >>
10 hours ago Friday, September 25 2020 Sep 25, 2020 Friday, September 25, 2020 5:47:00 PM CDT September 25, 2020 in News
MID-MISSOURI - Week five of Friday Night Fever is here. Before you head out to your team's game or tune... More >>
11 hours ago Friday, September 25 2020 Sep 25, 2020 Friday, September 25, 2020 5:42:00 PM CDT September 25, 2020 in Sports
O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — A federal appeals court panel is weighing the fate of a sweeping Missouri abortion law, including... More >>
11 hours ago Friday, September 25 2020 Sep 25, 2020 Friday, September 25, 2020 5:15:01 PM CDT September 25, 2020 in News
Welcome to Week 5 of Friday Night Fever! Our game of the week features the Eldon Mustangs travelling to Southern... More >>
11 hours ago Friday, September 25 2020 Sep 25, 2020 Friday, September 25, 2020 4:55:00 PM CDT September 25, 2020 in Friday Night Fever
Below are scores from high school football games from across mid-Missouri. Check out KOMU 8's liveblog with updates from some... More >>
11 hours ago Friday, September 25 2020 Sep 25, 2020 Friday, September 25, 2020 4:54:00 PM CDT September 25, 2020 in Friday Night Fever
ASHLAND - It's Thursday morning. Head football coach Trent Tracy gets to Southern Boone High School to turn on the... More >>
12 hours ago Friday, September 25 2020 Sep 25, 2020 Friday, September 25, 2020 4:10:00 PM CDT September 25, 2020 in Friday Night Fever
MOUNT VERNON, Mo. (AP) — Nine people have been indicted by a grand jury in connection with the kidnapping and... More >>
12 hours ago Friday, September 25 2020 Sep 25, 2020 Friday, September 25, 2020 4:05:38 PM CDT September 25, 2020 in News
(CNN) -- President Donald Trump intends to choose Amy Coney Barrett to be the new Supreme Court justice, according to... More >>
13 hours ago Friday, September 25 2020 Sep 25, 2020 Friday, September 25, 2020 3:16:00 PM CDT September 25, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Jefferson City firefighters responded to a structure fire in the 400 block of Marshall Street Friday morning... More >>
16 hours ago Friday, September 25 2020 Sep 25, 2020 Friday, September 25, 2020 12:12:00 PM CDT September 25, 2020 in News
As COVID-19 continues to spread, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about impacts in the community. Previous coverage: ... More >>
17 hours ago Friday, September 25 2020 Sep 25, 2020 Friday, September 25, 2020 11:09:00 AM CDT September 25, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA-- A group of University of Missouri students is holding a sit-in Friday on Mel Carnahan Quadrangle on the MU... More >>
18 hours ago Friday, September 25 2020 Sep 25, 2020 Friday, September 25, 2020 10:13:00 AM CDT September 25, 2020 in News
MONITEAU COUNTY - One man is in custody after a police pursuit through mid-Missouri Wednesday. Matthew Scovell, 40, of... More >>
18 hours ago Friday, September 25 2020 Sep 25, 2020 Friday, September 25, 2020 9:55:00 AM CDT September 25, 2020 in News
MISSOURI- As COVID-19 continues to spread, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about impacts in the community. The... More >>
19 hours ago Friday, September 25 2020 Sep 25, 2020 Friday, September 25, 2020 9:00:00 AM CDT September 25, 2020 in News
(CNN) -- At least 41 people are sick in 10 different states after a salmonella outbreak that has been linked... More >>
19 hours ago Friday, September 25 2020 Sep 25, 2020 Friday, September 25, 2020 8:57:53 AM CDT September 25, 2020 in News
WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg becomes the first woman in American history to lie in state... More >>
20 hours ago Friday, September 25 2020 Sep 25, 2020 Friday, September 25, 2020 8:25:00 AM CDT September 25, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 63°
5am 63°
6am 62°
7am 62°
8am 63°