New ‘Bionic Pancreas’ Device Revolutionizes Diabetes Management for Kids Like 15-year-old Mia Campos

Type 1 diabetes is no match for this gymnast

15-year-old Mia Campos, a talented gymnast from San Antonio, has been living with type 1 diabetes for five years. She was diagnosed during a competition when she began experiencing symptoms like excessive thirst and frequent urination. Mia 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 iLet device, approved for use in individuals aged six and up, requires just one input regarding the size of the user’s next meal. The device then learns the user’s biorhythms and delivers insulin accordingly, keeping blood sugar levels stable.

Mia is thrilled with the benefits of the device, allowing her to focus on her homework and gymnastics training rather than constantly worrying about her carb intake and insulin levels. Dr. Lynch, Mia’s pediatric endocrinologist, emphasizes that diet and exercise are still critical components of managing blood sugar levels. However, this new technology will greatly benefit individuals, particularly children who have busy lives and struggle to manually track their carb intake.

15-year-old Mia Campos, a talented gymnast from San Antonio, has been living with type 1 diabetes for five years. She was diagnosed during a competition when she began experiencing symptoms like excessive thirst and frequent urination. Mia was fitted with a traditional insulin pump which required constant programming and often experienced glitches. Fortunately, her pediatric…

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