Diabetes Center

New technology is changing the way diabetes is controlled and treated. Recent advancements are putting an end to the reputation of diabetes management as cumbersome and time-consuming. "I think this is a very exciting time," say Bob Cuddihy, MD, endocrinologist at International Diabetes Center at Park Nicollet. "There is an explosion of new technology. Much is being done to improve diabetes care and help patients achieve better glucose control, decrease complications and increase the convenience and ease of treatment. These innovations ultimately will improve the quality of life for patients with diabetes," Dr. Cuddihy adds.

Continuous glucose monitoring system

"The continuous glucose monitoring system is one of the most important new pieces of technology," Dr. Cuddihy says. These devices allow patients to continuously monitor their blood sugar. Devices operate throughout the day and night, alerting patients when blood sugar reaches dangerously high or low levels. "People wear these devices and measure their blood sugar every five to 10 minutes, providing thousands of readings," Dr. Cuddihy adds. "This means more data is available to decide if treatment is optimal or if changes are needed."

Insulin pens

Another recent advancement in diabetes care is the introduction of insulin pens. Insulin pens provide diabetic patients with the ultimate in convenience and practicality, some http://virtualskystudio.com/absorbine-jr-reviews.html. In the past, patients needed to carry several items, including insulin vials, syringes and pads, to administer regular insulin injections. "The insulin pen is simple to use - people can set up the correct dose and inject it without having to carry around the other supplies," Dr. Cuddihy says. "The pen is discrete and straightforward, with less chance for dosage errors."

Insulin pumps

For patients who need complex insulin regimens, insulin pumps provide a welcome alternative to multiple daily injections. An insulin-filled cartridge within the pump delivers a small, continuous dose of insulin just under the skin, typically on the abdomen. "Before the pump, patients with type 1 diabetes often would take a minimum of four daily injections," Dr. Cuddihy says. "With the pump, patients are able to make adjustments and receive insulin every minute of the day." In addition to reducing the number of injections needed per day, the pump eliminates burdensome supplies and complicated injection schedules.

Glucose meters, software

"Many patients are bothered by having to prick their fingers multiple times per day," Dr. Cuddihy says. "New glucose meters are able to obtain results using only a small drop of blood. We are able to use software with glucose meters to download data and graphically display results in an easy-to-understand, intuitive format," he adds. "Patients use this information to adjust treatments, as needed."

Training, education, consultation

International Diabetes Center has a strong national and international reputation. It conducts training and education events, and consults with experts around the world. The facility is also one of two World Health Organization diabetes and technology sites in the United States.

"We have an ever-expanding set of new tools to help doctors and patients communicate better. We also help patients better self-direct their care," Dr. Cuddihy says. "All of these advancements contribute to better glucose control and reduce complications. Ultimately, this improves the quality of life for diabetes patients," he concludes.