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New Insulin Pump Technology is helping Type 1 Diabetics

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Amarillo, TX - Technology has increased freedom for Type One Diabetics.

A new insulin pump is allowing parents like Sheryl Valentine who's son Chance has Type One Diabetes to take a step back.

"As a mother when he was diagnosed, I get up two or three times in the middle of the night to check his blood sugar and worry about what it's doing, whether he's going to wake-up in the morning, this stops that for me," said Valentine.

The new insulin pump which some people are calling the "Artificial Pancreas" takes away some of the monitoring typically associated with Type One Diabetes.

"If the blood sugar begins to get low or looks like it's going to become low in the next 15 to 20 minutes then it will suspend the infusion of insulin to make the low blood sugar less severe or to prevent it all together," Dr. William Biggs who is an Endocrinologist said.

If a person's blood sugar gets too low then they could have a seizure or go into a coma.And for Chance, this gives his life more normalcy.

"You don't have to check it during the middle of a game or something you can just look at your pump and automatically know what your blood sugar is," said Chance Valentine who has had Type One Diabetes since 2008.

"This is going to be the closest thing to a glimpse of a cure that we have, it's not a cure, but it's the closest thing we can get to, and hopefully, we'll make Type One, Type None," Sheryl said.

If you have Type One Diabetes and are interested in trying this new insulin pump you may contact the local JDRF at (806) 356-6042.