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Could Diabetes Injections be Replaced by a Simple Skin Patch?

Chelsi Brown, pictured with her artificial pancreas. She is six months pregnant, and the new device means she no longer has to give herself up to 10 injections a day
Chelsi Brown, pictured with her artificial pancreas. She is six months pregnant, and the new device means she no longer has to give herself up to 10 injections a day

Women with diabetes are at risk of complications during pregnancy due to uncontrolled blood sugar levels.

A new wireless patch delivers insulin automatically and keeps mother and baby safe.

Chelsi Brown, 24, an office worker from Cambridge, is one of the first women to have it fitted, as she tells ROGER DOBSON.

THE PATIENT

When I was about 18, I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

I was working part-time in Tesco at the time and one day, while working on the tills, I suddenly lost my vision. I couldn’t read the numbers on the screen — it was really frightening.

I went to the local walk-in clinic after my shift and the GP there was so concerned he referred me straight to hospital for tests.

That same day they carried out blood tests and physical examinations then diagnosed me with type 1 diabetes.

This meant my body mistakenly attacks healthy cells in the pancreas that produce insulin. As a result, my body can’t control my blood sugar levels.

There is a genetic element to it and I have since found out that a great grandmother of mine had it.

I clearly had it for years because it was now so serious that it was damaging the cells in my eyes, causing temporary vision loss.

Looking back I realise I had symptoms before I was diagnosed — unintended weight loss, severe thirst, exhaustion — but I never took much notice or saw a doctor until that episode of blindness which really scared me.

In hospital, the doctors told me I was lucky as if I’d left it much longer I could have died because the severe lack of insulin meant I had developed diabetic ketoacidosis, meaning my body was starting to break down muscle.

I was told do finger prick tests to measure my blood sugar levels and I would need to inject insulin for the rest of my life. I was worried I’d lose my freedom.

On occasions I could inject insulin up to ten times a day, to cover what I had eaten or correct the previous doses if I didn’t feel right.

It was such a chore but I had to get on with it.

Earlier this year I started attending a pre-pregnancy clinic for women with diabetes at Addenbrooke’s Hospital because my fiance, Lewis, 25, and I wanted to start a family and my diabetes adds risk to pregnancy.

It was during one of these clinics that I found out about a new study called the artificial pancreas project.

I was told it would cut the risk of complications, including stillbirth and high birth weight, and I was asked if I would like to join the trial.

I was a little reluctant at first but then decided to give it a go as it meant no more insulin injections — I joined when I was 12 weeks pregnant.

I was given instructions and the ‘artificial pancreas’ system to fit at home.

It is made up of a patch which I stick to my stomach, an insulin pump in my pocket which feeds insulin into a tube in my stomach, and a glucose meter, a smartphone-like device. I assembled everything myself in about four minutes at home.

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SOURCE: ROGER DOBSON FOR THE DAILY MAIL

New Group, Public Faith, Calls On Christians to Vote In Order to Influence Politics for the Common Good (Even if They Can’t Vote for Trump or Clinton)

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A team of evangelical leaders launched a new group Monday to give a voice to Christians nationwide who feel their views are not represented during this year’s contentious presidential election. Continue reading “New Group, Public Faith, Calls On Christians to Vote In Order to Influence Politics for the Common Good (Even if They Can’t Vote for Trump or Clinton)”

White House Signals Objection to Kaepernick’s Protest of National Anthem, But Defends his Right to Demonstrate

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The White House today called NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s protest of “The Star-Spangled Banner” “objectionable,” but defended his constitutional right to demonstrate. Continue reading “White House Signals Objection to Kaepernick’s Protest of National Anthem, But Defends his Right to Demonstrate”

She’s Had Enough: Huma Abedin Announces Split from Anthony Weiner

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Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin

Huma Abedin, a top aide to Hillary Clinton, announced today that she is separating from her husband, disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner. Continue reading “She’s Had Enough: Huma Abedin Announces Split from Anthony Weiner”

Family of Man Who Killed 2 Nuns in Mississippi Apologizes to Victims’ Families

Sister Paula Merrill and Sister Margaret Held, two nuns who worked as nurses and helped the poor in rural Mississippi, were found slain in their home and there were signs of a break-in and their vehicle was missing, officials said on Aug. 25, 2016.
Sister Paula Merrill and Sister Margaret Held, two nuns who worked as nurses and helped the poor in rural Mississippi, were found slain in their home and there were signs of a break-in and their vehicle was missing, officials said on Aug. 25, 2016.

After the man accused of murdering two nuns in their Mississippi home appeared in court today, his family broke down and apologized to the family one of the victims, according to ABC affiliate WAPT in Jackson. Continue reading “Family of Man Who Killed 2 Nuns in Mississippi Apologizes to Victims’ Families”

So-called ‘Christian Terrorist’, Bryce Cuellar, Who Threatened to Kill Homosexuals and Satanists, is Indicted on Terrorism Charges

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Bryce Cuellar

Shortly before allegedly punching and threatening to kill his wife, the apparently intoxicated and heavily armed 24-year-old man stepped in front of a camera. Continue reading “So-called ‘Christian Terrorist’, Bryce Cuellar, Who Threatened to Kill Homosexuals and Satanists, is Indicted on Terrorism Charges”

Mark Zuckerberg Meets Pope Francis, Gives him a Model of Aquila Aircraft

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Pope Francis has met with Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Zuckerberg’s wife, Priscilla Chan, at the Vatican. Continue reading “Mark Zuckerberg Meets Pope Francis, Gives him a Model of Aquila Aircraft”

Trump says Colin Kaepernick ‘Should Find a Country That Works Better for Him’

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On the same day 49ers coach Chip Kelly said Colin Kaepernick would play Thursday in military-heavy San Diego, the quarterback’s national anthem protest continued to be the talk of the country, including by someone running for its highest office. Continue reading “Trump says Colin Kaepernick ‘Should Find a Country That Works Better for Him’”

Fox News says Andrea Tantaros is ‘an Opportunist’, Not ‘a Victim’

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Andrea Tantaros

Fox News Channel says its former host Andrea Tantaros “is not a victim, she is an opportunist” who is using a sexual harassment lawsuit as a “smokescreen” to distract from her “violation of her employment contract.” Continue reading “Fox News says Andrea Tantaros is ‘an Opportunist’, Not ‘a Victim’”

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