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Koala gets help with diabetes from Continuous Glucose Monitoring System

CINCINNATI (WKRC) – A high-tech device for diabetes is now getting used for a special purpose.

A koala bear named “Quincy” is getting some high-tech help for diabetes. The device helps manage his blood sugar levels, much in the way it does in people.

San Diego Zoo caretakers use the new “Continuous Glucose Monitoring Device” to help with Quincy’s type one diabetes.

He was recently diagnosed and began experiencing low blood sugar or hypoglycemic events.

The monitoring device has a sensor placed on Quincy. It sends his blood sugar levels in real time to a smart device.

It’s monitored by his caretakers, so they don’t need to keep pricking his ear all day long to manually test them.

Insulin, the hormone that regulates blood sugars, can then be delivered as needed, to keep his blood sugars stable.

The device has alarms that can notify keepers if something dangerous is happening in Quincy’s body.

He’s doing much better apparently, since the use of this technology.

The life-saving technology just became available to humans earlier this month. It’s called a “Dexcom G6 Continuous Monitoring System.”

Hypoglycemia can cause everything from dizziness and confusion to serious problems such as passing out.

A human might notice the symptoms but for a koala that could be a bit tougher.

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