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Kaufman Shows People With Diabetes How to Use New Technology to Improve Their Lives
Date:5/21/2013

St. Louis, MO (PRWEB) May 21, 2013

Dr. Francine Kaufman, inventor of Extend Nutrition, recalls the first insulin pump she used with her patients in the 1980s: It weighed several pounds and was jokingly referred to as the “big blue brick.” For the most part, it could only be used in the hospital setting.

The technology has advanced greatly in the 30 years since then, and the advantages are greater as well. The insulin pump is now a small mechanical device worn on the outside of the body, often on a belt or a pocket. It delivers fast-acting insulin in precise amounts at pre-programmed times.

It is estimated that hundreds of thousands of people around the world use an insulin pump, many of whom are also using continuous glucose monitoring (CGM). A CGM is a small sensor that is inserted under the skin to automatically check blood glucose levels.

Kaufman, a world-renowned endocrinologist and past president of the American Diabetes Association, shows in Insulin pumps and Continuous Glucose Monitoring how the new technology of insulin pumps and CGMs can be used to improve the lives of people with type 1 and type 2 Diabetes.

There are over 26 million children and adults in the United States diagnosed with diabetes.

“These technologies – although not really that much more complicated than your smartphone, computer, or DVD- do require basic understanding, training and follow-up adjustment if they are going to be helpful in improving diabetes outcomes,” Kaufman write
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