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Kaufman Shows People With Diabetes How to Use New Technology to Improve Their Lives

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 writes.

“The purpose of the book is to give you practical tips, including the knowledge and the skills to maximize insulin pump therapy and continuous glucose monitoring, if that is what you and your health care provider decide is best for you or your child. The goal is to enable you to make your journey through life with diabetes as successful as possible.”

Kaufman has devoted her life’s work to doing just that. In addition to this newest book, she is the author of “Diabesity” and creator of Extend Nutrition snacks: The only snacks clinically proven to help control blood sugar for up to 9 hours.

The importance of a healthy diet and good blood sugar control was paramount on Kaufman’s mind when she created Extend Nutrition snacks in the 1990s. Her goal was to help reduce nighttime hypoglycemia for children with diabetes.

She formulated Extend Nutrition snacks with a patented blend of lean protein, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats. The key ingredient is raw uncooked cornstarch, a very complex carbohydrate that digests and converts to blood sugar very slowly.

The snacks were originally used to help people with diabetes manage blood sugar. Today, because they help keep blood sugar stable longer than any other snack on the market, they are also used to help control appetite, reduce weight and sustain energy.

In her book, Kaufman points out the importance of diet, especially carbohydrates, and the use of insulin pumps and CGMs.

“Carbohydrate is the main nutrient that affects your glucose levels, so you need to learn how to count carbohydrate. But you must also understand how the other macronutrients – fat and protein – interact with the carbohydrate, in order to customize your insulin use to your body’s individual needs,” she writes. “These are critical skills to have in your journey with diabetes.”

Kaufman says the benefits of insulin pumps are many .The pumps reduce hypoglycemia, improve A1C levels, improve quality of life and reduce daily insulin dosages. CGM gives real-time glucose readings and, when combined with an insulin pump, allows for the management of glucose levels on the go.

Kaufman is grateful for the new advances in technology but believes the best is yet to come: Dr. Kaufman is leading the development of an artificial pancreas.

“We have come a long way, and the reality of an artificial pancreas is in sight,” she writes. “The end result will be the near-perfect control of glucose levels without much human intervention.”

Dr. Kaufman’s book, Insulin Pumps and Glucose Monitoring, is available at

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Invented by Dr. Francine Kaufman, world-renowned endocrinologist and former President of the American Diabetes Association, the patented line of Extend Nutrition Bars, Shakes, Crisps and Drizzles are delicious nutritional solutions clinically-proven to help control blood sugar for up to 9 hours. Blood sugar control is the key to both diabetes and weight management. Extend Nutrition snacks have been enthusiastically recommended by thousands of certified diabetes educators and registered dietitians around the world for over 10 years.

Extend Nutrition products are now available at more than 25,000 retailers nationwide, including your local Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, Target, Kmart and other leading retailers where diabetes nutrition products are sold. Extend Nutrition strives to provide families with simple nutritional solutions that deliver peace of mind and confidence resulting in a healthier and happier lifestyle.

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