Got diabetes? There's an app for that

Now that school is almost out, kids will be heading off to summer camps and sleepovers.

But for kids with diabetes, summertime isn't always as care free.

They have to track what they eat and keep up with their insulin shots.

Isaac Hedrick has type one diabetes, so every meal he has to carefully balance the amount of insulin he takes with the carbs he eats, something that can be intimidating for those who aren't used to it.

His mom Lisa says, "At first, we were really hesitant.  And even the parents of his friends were a little hesitant, as well, because they weren't sure what to do.  So they would call or text us quite often."

And with good reason, getting the balance right between insulin and carbs is crucial.     

Uncontrolled blood sugar from diabetes can eventually lead to everything from heart disease to blindness.

Dr. David Repaske with Ohio's Nationwide Children's Hospital says, "There's no weekend off, there's no summer vacation from diabetes.  It's something you've got to deal with every single day.  And that makes it really tough, because you just get tired of it."  

So, to make that process easier Dr. Repaske came up with the first online app to help kids and anyone who cares for them chart their blood sugar levels in advance.   

Simply plug in a few numbers and you can print a graph that calculates how much insulin and carbs a child needs, which not only helps kids with diabetes, but everyone from camp counselors to teachers to relatives.

Isaac uses a pump to automatically deliver the right amount of insulin into his system.   

But if it should fail or others around Isaac would need to help, his mom says having a printable, portable chart can offer peace of mind.

 

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