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Diabetes Invention

November is American Diabetes Month. More than 23 million Americans live with diabetes. Many give themselves daily insulin shots to treat and manage their disease. But some find the infections painful and skip their medication. Janet Vasil tells us about a new invention developed by a diabetic who wanted to help.

Dialy injections are a fact of life for millions of diabetics. K.K. Patton needs about 8 injections a day to manage her type 1 diabetes. But like many, she's not a fan of needles.

"I got tired of the bruising, and I started doing the things you're not supposed to do like skipping breakfast, maybe skipping those correction dose that I needed to take after lunch." says K.K. Patton.

She knew poor compliance could mean serious health complications. So after discussions with doctors and inventors, she created a device called I-Port.

It's a simple medication delivery system that uses a needle to guide a soft, small tube under the skin.

"You remove the needle and there's a tiny little tube that stays below the skin and you use that to deliver your insulin. So every time you take an injection, it stays in the device on top of the skin and the insulin goes into the little canula below the skin."

Doctors say the device takes the dread out of injections because the I-Port injection port is worn for up to 72 hours...and can be used for as many as 75 injections.

Dr. Thomas Blevins, M.D. says "I think if we can find a way to make it better or easier then we have a leg up and we can really help our patients. And many patients will tell you, they really like the i-port for that reason."

And it's a reason to thank this home-grown inventor. This is Janet Vasil reporting.

The I-Port isn't just for diabetics. It can also be used for people who need daily blood thinners, fertility medication or growth hormones. The I-Port must be prescribed by a doctor. For more information, go to http://www.i-port.com.

About 23.6 million Americans have diabetes.
More than 25 percent of diabetics require injections of insulin throughout the day.
The i-port® provides a new way to get insulin into the body.
An access port enables diabetics to give themselves up to 75 injections of insulin through a single skin piercing.
For more details, refer to our comprehensive research summary.

Online Reporter: Ashley Gatz

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