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Nancy Klobassa Davidson, R.N., B.S.N, C.D.E
Nancy Klobassa Davidson is a registered nurse who has worked in diabetes education for 17 years. She is a certified diabetes educator (C.D.E.) and is currently in graduate school working on a Master of Science in nursing (M.S.N.) and health care education.
Nancy works with adults who have type 1, type 2 and other forms of diabetes. Nancy is coordinator of the Diabetes Unit's intensive insulin therapy program within the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Metabolism, & Nutrition at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Nancy has worked extensively with insulin pump therapy and continuous interstitial glucose sensing.
Peggy Moreland, R.N., M.S.N.
Peggy Moreland is a certified diabetes educator (C.D.E.) in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Metabolism, & Nutrition at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
Peggy graduated with a Master of Science in Nursing and Health Care Education from the University of Phoenix and is a member of the American Association of Diabetes Educators and the American Diabetes Association. A certified diabetes educator (C.D.E.), Peggy enjoys working with patients to set and achieve diabetes self-management goals.
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March 30, 2010
Future holds hope for managing diabetes
By Nancy Klobassa Davidson, R.N., and Peggy Moreland, R.N.
A year ago, my son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 23. He is a fourth year cadet at United States Military Academy at West Point. His desire was to continue to serve as an officer in the U.S. Army. For the last nine months, he has worked hard to prove to the military medical review board that he can manage his diabetes while serving.
I'm proud to say that he has brought his A1c down to 5.6 while continuing his rigorous regimen at West Point. He has high hopes of being able to graduate as an officer. Another cadet with type 1 diabetes in the 2009 graduating class was the first ever to graduate from West Point. My son would be the second. Knowing him, he won't be content with a desk job. He is planning on being deployed to the Middle East.
Since the discovery of insulin less than 100 years ago, diabetes treatment and technology have come a long way in helping people with diabetes manage their disease. Both of my sons use an insulin pump. But, it doesn't stop with home blood glucose monitoring and insulin pumps. To name a few:
- New computer programs help analyze blood glucose data.
- Mobile applications for recording your blood glucoses and the ability to email your healthcare provider with the results.
- Insulin pens make giving injections easier and more discreetly.
- New medications to treat insulin resistance
- Continuous glucose monitoring sensors are becoming more widely used.
I've read recently that researchers are working on a device that will regulate blood glucose levels on its own, i.e. an "artificial pancreas." This device is actually being built and is undergoing testing. This artificial pancreas is actually a marriage between the insulin pump, the continuous glucose monitor, and a computer program that calculates how much insulin the user needs at any moment based on his blood glucose level.
Having two sons with type 1 diabetes, I'm encouraged for their future. What are your thoughts?blog index