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Managing diabetes the family way

Three members of Knoxville family dealing with Type 1 diabetes
Published: Nov. 12, 2020 at 6:40 PM EST
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Like some local families, the Walker family in Knoxville has children involved in fall sports.

William, 17, is playing his senior year on the gridiron with the very successful West High team, while his sister Elizabeth, 15, is going through her freshman year on the sidelines with the Rebels cheerleading squad. But unlike other families, the Walker children along with their father, Chris, are dealing with personal health challenges of their own as they all live with Type 1 diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease which requires constant and diligent monitoring of blood glucose levels. The pandemic has brought on additional fears for people with diabetes, as those with the disease are considered particularly high-risk.

As families struggle with back-to-school decisions and continued uncertainty about returning to daily life, the Walker family takes comfort in being able to manage their diabetes using an innovative health-tech wearable, a Dexcom G6 continuous glucose monitor (CGM). Worn on each person’s abdomen, the G6 uses a tiny sensor to send real-time glucose data directly to each user’s smartphone, with alarms and alerts set up to warn of dangerously high or low glucose levels.

But perhaps the most important feature of this device amidst the pandemic is its unique remote monitoring capabilities, which has given Chris and wife Natalie, peace of mind with his children returning to school.

Through the Follow/Share feature, he’ll see his children’s glucose levels in real-time and the kids can check up on dad as well. You can check out the monitor here.

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