Breakthrough artificial pancreas helps control diabetics insulin levels
EXCLUSIVE: For the first time, Alecia Wesner, 41, got nearly a week of good nights sleep, thanks to a revolutionary tool that regulated her insulin pump.
For most of her life, Alecia Wesner has been haunted by type 1 diabetes, a disease that never lets her get a good nights sleep.
But for nearly a week in November, she got the best rest of her life, thanks to a revolutionary smartphone tool that regulated her insulin pump.
Wesner, a 41-year-old lighting designer in Gramercy, leads a full life she loves to travel and just signed up for a 100-mile bike ride. But her pancreas does not produce insulin, a hormone the body needs to turn sugar and other foods into energy. She wears an insulin pump that requires constant monitoring.
Wesner says she has to be a mathematician, meticulously calculating how much insulin she needs throughout the day and into the night, when her glucose (sugar) levels dip dangerously.
Thats why that sleep in November was so blissful.