New treatments for diabetes

Pedeiatrician Jamie Wood, MD Clinical Diabestes, shares advice on the new options available to help treat diabetes in children and help make it easier for kids to control their blood sugar
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What is exciting about diabetes in 2012, are all of the options that we have to treat diabetes now. We have many more types of insulin than we had, even 10 or 15 years ago. We have insulin pumps that can give the child insulin subcutaneously, so the child does not have to have the injections as frequently any longer. Each of those pumps also comes with software, so that at clinic and from home, the family can download the pump to a website and I can go on from my office, and look at all the blood sugars and insulin doses and carbohydrate intake. We can discuss over email, how things are going. I can make adjustments to the insulin pump settings. In addition, there are smart phone apps now that can help a family manage their diabetes. There are apps that can look up the carbohydrate of food. There are apps where they can plan their meals. They can keep track of their exercise. They can keep track of the blood sugars. There are even apps that allow them to communicate that information to me, so that I can review them from my home or from my office. Medical alerts have come a long way. It used to be where they had the bracelet and the medical alert medallion, but now there are really attractive bracelets that look more like a watch. There are beaded alerts for the girls that are really cute and pretty, that they can pick out. There are necklaces. Lots of options.

Pedeiatrician Jamie Wood, MD Clinical Diabestes, shares advice on the new options available to help treat diabetes in children and help make it easier for kids to control their blood sugar

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Jamie R. Wood, MD

Pediatrician, Clinical Diabetes, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Dr. Jamie Wood was born and raised in Vermont, where she also attended medical school. She completed her pediatric residency at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, and her endocrine fellowship at Children’s Hospital Boston and the Joslin Diabetes Center of Harvard University. She moved to the Los Angeles area in 2008 and is now the Director of Clinical Diabetes Programs at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Wood’s specialty is the care of youth with type 1 and type 2 diabetes—a field she fell in love with during a medical student rotation at a summer camp for youth with diabetes.  She also enjoys gardening, cooking, hiking, and playing with her husband and two children, Jackson and Olivia.

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