Kelly Pearce was diagnosed with Type I diabetes 14 years ago.
Kelly said, "At the time, I knew absolutely nothing about diabetes."
But he quickly learned about the devastating complications that can come with the disease if his blood sugars don't remain in control.
Kelly said, "The complications sort of drove me to find different things that would help me control it and control the diabetes better."
Six months ago, Kelly became one of the first people in the country to have a new continuous glucose monitoring system.
John Daniels, MD Endocrinologist, said, "It monitors the blood sugar continuously so that one knows at any point in time during the day or night what your blood sugar is."
Until now, patients had to rely on finger sticks to check blood sugars, but those don't tell the whole story.
John Daniels said, "You don't know whether your blood sugar is going up or whether it's going down and what it was for the previous three or four hours or the subsequent three or four hours."
With the new system, patients wear a sensor connected to an insertion point. Every five minutes, the sensor takes a new blood sugar reading and sends it to an insulin pump.
Patients then adjust insulin levels to keep blood sugars in check.
In a recent study, patients' blood sugars improved so much; they had a 35 percent lower risk of diabetes-related complications. Today, Kelly's blood sugars are better than ever and he's looking forward to a longer life with his wife and soon-to-be adopted son.
Kelly Pearce "The continuous glucose monitor is just one piece of that puzzle to help make sure I'm as healthy as I can be as he is starting to grow up."
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Medtronic MimiMed, Inc.