20 May '15, 3pm

Monitor Diabetes From Your Smart Watch

Monitor Diabetes From Your Smart Watch

My son, Evan, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in August 2012. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that attacks the pancreas and prevents insulin production. The body needs insulin to transport glucose from the blood to the cells. Synthetic insulin is used to manage type 1 diabetes, but it doesn’t work as quickly as human insulin. Determining the right dose of insulin for a given meal’s carbohydrate content becomes an all-consuming balancing act. Too little insulin and blood sugar skyrockets, causing potentially life-threatening complications. Too much insulin and blood sugar plunges to dangerous levels. The shock of the diagnosis continued to set in over the next few months, as my wife, Laura, and I attempted to figure out how to keep a 4-year-old alive and happy. Eight to 12 finger-prick checks to measure blood glucose and 4 to 8 shots of insulin a day—these becam...

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