Sinclair Cares: How technology is helping diabetics while improving their overall health

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All Cora Shelton wants to do is dance.

“I do jazz, tap, ballet, contemporary, and hip-hop," said Cora. "And sometimes modern."

But the 10-year-old performer's pancreas recently gave out, resulting in a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes.

“She's still able to do the same things she's always done just with a little more effort involved,” said Cora's mother.

Cora: I was just scared...

Siltzer: Scared?

Cora: Mmhmm

Primarily about the finger pricks, the fifth grader told her diabetes educator, who offered a new alternative.

Siltzer: It's a step in the right direction; for Cora, it was getting a continuous glucose monitoring device.

Wendy: With a needle, we put this onto the skin and the needle is removed. Little wire goes into the skin and measures the glucose or blood sugar in the interstitial fluid.

An electronic reader scanned over the bicep disk, which is replaced every two weeks, indicates whether blood sugar levels are stable.

Trending up requiring insulin, or down needing sugar.

Cora: If it's low, I might eat a snack.

Siltzer: Such as?

Cora: Juice or gummies.

“I think this device has made it easier for her to want to take care of herself,” said Cora's mom.

Wendy: It's so nice for kids because they don't have to take time out during the school day to prick their finger, and they have more information.

That information allows Cora to keep practicing safely while avoiding a health crisis.

Siltzer: How do you feel now?

Cora: Amazing!

Siltzer: No problems?

Cora: No.

Her life is truly in step.