Feeling a bit befuddled by the vast selection of diabetes devices on the market? You won’t want to miss Friday’s session “New to Devices? Insulin Pump and CGM Basics” at 11:00 am in Ballroom I.
Mindy L. Saenz, RDN, LDN, CDE, Clinical Dietitian/Certified Diabetes Educator at ECU Pediatric Specialty Care, will provide an overview of similarities and differences between insulin pump therapy and CGM devices currently available.
“I will briefly describe the basal/bolus concept using insulin injections, discuss how insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitoring systems work and then will discuss the currently FDA approved systems and describe their features,” said Saenz, whose diagnosis with type 1 diabetes at the age of 13 led her to a career as a dietitian and diabetes educator.
In her current role as the dietitian/diabetes educator for the section of endocrinology in the department of Pediatrics at East Carolina University she oversees the pediatric site of the ADA recognized program and does all of the insulin pump and CGM training for the pediatrics with diabetes seen in their center. She is active in helping plan Camp Needles in the Pines, their residential diabetes camp.
The session, which is sponsored by DANA (Diabetes Advanced Network Access), AADE’s new members-only technology resource, and the AADE Education and Research Foundation, is designed for attendees new to diabetes management devices.
“The session will address how emerging technology with insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors can improve diabetes control and quality of life for people living with diabetes,” she said. “It is important because many diabetes educators work in settings where they are not exposed to the newest technology, and this presentation will add to their knowledge base so they can help their clients make informed decisions about using the new technology.”
Saenz said she hopes attendees will leave with a better understanding of the currently available insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors so they can help their patients with decision making regarding the use of new technologies.