New diabetes breakthrough

The FDA approved a device that’s making it easier for people 14 years old or older to manage their Type 1 diabetes. (WPEC)

There is a new breakthrough in the battle against diabetes and it is available right here in Palm Beach County.

The FDA approved device that’s making it easier for people 14 years old or older to manage their Type 1 diabetes.

“I enjoy sports and I enjoy fishing, too,” said Colton Smith.

Colton is a junior at Jupiter Christian School where he plays football.

His life changed when doctors diagnosed him with Type 1 diabetes two years ago.

“I have to take insulin before I eat every time,” Colton said.

He carried needles and pens with him 24-7, but that’s come to an end.

Now he’s carrying around this insulin pump called the MiniMed 670G by Medtronic.

“Going from eight injections a day to one injection two to three days is definitely life-changing,” said Dr. Miladys Palau, Pediatric Endocrinologist at Nicklaus Children's Palm Beach Gardens Outpatient Center.

Palau explained how the automated pump differs to other insulin pumps.

“Essentially the sensor is sending a message to the pump every five minutes telling the pump what is the blood sugar, how fast it’s going up or going down. So the pump can calculate precise insulin doses to give to the patient,” Palau said.

“I’ve heard some mothers say they haven’t slept a wink since their kid has been diagnosed,” said Barbara Nicklaus.

Barbara, the wife of golf great Jack Nicklaus, said she’s happy to see mothers like Colton’s, have some sense of peace.

“He can just go out and be free,” Jean Smith said.

Being able to hit the football field without worrying about his health.

“I am able to enjoy the things I do more often and not worry about it while I am doing these things,” Colton said.

The MiniMed 670G system is commercially available at currently offered Medtronic pump system pricing between $6,000 to $9,000. However, end-user pricing will vary based on an individual's payer and benefit plan.

She also told CBS12 kids eight years and older can use the pump only at the discretion of their physician.

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