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Date:6/29/2010

id. "It's really the patient who is motivated and gets the proper guidance who can use this technology most effectively."

Short- and long-term blood sugar trends and patterns can also be downloaded from the device for viewing by the patient and doctors, Bergenstal noted.

Though often lumped together, type 1 and type 2 diabetes are in many ways different diseases. In type 1 diabetes, formerly called juvenile diabetes, the pancreas stops producing insulin, the hormone that enables the body to convert sugar and starches found in foods into energy.

About 5 percent to 10 percent of people with diabetes have type 1, according to the American Diabetes Association. Tight blood sugar control can minimize the risk of long-term complications, including kidney failure, blindness and nerve damage.

"It's important for people to realize there is a real change in the long-term outlook for the health of people with type 1 diabetes, and that's what this new technology represents," Wolpert said.

More information

The Joslin Diabetes Center has more on type 1 diabetes, and the pros and cons of using an insulin pump.

SOURCES: Richard Bergenstal, M.D., executive director, International Diabetes Center, Park Nicollet, Minneapolis, and president, American Diabetes Association; Howard Wolpert, M.D., senior physician, Joslin Diabetes Center, Boston; June 29, 2010, New England Journal of Medicine, online


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