Type 1 diabetes is no match for this gymnast

Bionic Pancreas Approved for Diabetics: The New ‘Revolutionary’ Tool for Balancing Blood Sugar Levels

A groundbreaking device for diabetics, known as the “bionic pancreas,” has been approved by the FDA. This revolutionary technology allows users to input the size of their next meal, and an AI algorithm determines the precise amount of insulin needed to keep blood sugar stable. The iLet device, approved for use in individuals aged six and up, has been life-changing for 15-year-old Mia Campos, a skilled gymnast from San Antonio who has been living with type 1 diabetes for five years.

Mia was diagnosed with diabetes during a gymnastics competition when she began experiencing symptoms like excessive thirst and frequent urination. She was fitted with a traditional insulin pump which required constant programming and often experienced glitches. Fortunately, her pediatric endocrinologist recommended the “bionic pancreas,” which has now been cleared by the FDA for commercial use. This device is clipped to her jeans and uses AI software to tailor insulin delivery to her glucose levels.

The “bionic pancreas” uses a plastic infusion set attached to the body to communicate with sensors and deliver insulin as needed. Dr. Lynch, Mia’s pediatric endocrinologist, emphasizes that diet and exercise are still critical components of managing blood sugar levels. Mia believes that this new technology will greatly benefit individuals, particularly children, who have busy lives and struggle to manually track their carb intake. With this device, they can simply input their next meal size and let the AI do the rest.

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