Glucose monitoring device helps those with diabetes in the Omaha area


GRETNA, Ne (FOX42KPTM) - A local boy suffering from type 1 diabetes is getting help managing the disease with a special kind of technology. It's designed to track blood glucose levels.

"All I have to do is check my device," said Carson Wheeler, an 11-year-old Gretna boy with type 1 diabetes.

That device helps Carson with around the clock management and helps him keep up with school activities and sports. The device also helps Carson and his loved ones track his blood glucose levels in real time. No prick of the finger is needed.

"Every five minutes you have different readings to show your blood sugar numbers."

The mobile system also features built-in alerts. If Carson's blood glucose reaches dangerous levels, alarms will sound.

"Without it we might not catch that his blood sugar is dropping," said Brooke Wheeler, Carson's mom.

Carson is hardly alone when it comes to the fight against diabetes type 1 or type 2. According to the American Diabetes Association, more than 74,000 people have diabetes in the state of Nebraska alone. The association thinks about 45,000 have it, but don't know t.

"Just like anywhere else, it's increasing in incidents," said Dr. Vijay Shivaswamy, a diabetes specialist at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Nebraska Medicine.

He says when it comes to type 1 diabetes a Dexcom G6 is handy to have.

"I would generally say anybody who has type 1 diabetes probably would benefit from being on a continuous glucose monitoring device."

For the Wheelers, that technology is life-saving.

"It's so invaluable," said Brooke Wheeler.

Carson's family also told FOX 42 News another benefit of the device is that it's compatible with smartphones and smartwatches.

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