'You don't have to remember to take your pill,' new diabetes device being tested in SA
SAN ANTONIO – There is new hope for the more than 100,000 people in Bexar County who've been diagnosed with diabetes.
A new device is being tested on patients here in San Antonio.
Dexter White is one resident that is part of the study. He has Type 2 Diabetes.
“Since 1999,” says White.”
Type 2 Diabetes is the most common type. It’s chronic condition that affects the way the body metabolizes sugar.
After White’s routine blood draw, he will be getting a small device removed by Dr. Douglas Denham.
“I was looking for another way to manage my diabetes,” says White.
Through the Clinical Trials of Texas, he was able to get some help.
“I was kind of worried actually about what kind of trial they were going to put me through,” adds White.
A small little device has been inside White for the last six months.
“We slip it in you underneath the skin,” says Dr. Denham.
The device is able to deliver medication the entire time.
"You don't have to remember to take your pill. You don't have to remember to take your shot,” adds Dr. Denham.
According to local doctors, more than half of people do not re-fill their prescriptions which can make the situation worse, at times even deadly.
“It is a new way of looking at how we dose chronic diseases. It was actually kind of freeing. Usually I have to take multiple sets of medications during the day,” adds White.
If approved by the FDA, the new device could help save lives.
“It's been modified to be able to be put inside the body to be stable at body temperature for long periods of time. This is not an Insulin pump. They are used predominately used for Type 1 Diabetics. Type 2 can use this,” adds Dr. Denham.
It’s a new kind of treatment that will help patients like White who have been fighting the disease for years.
“Some days you slip but you know. (But) you (got to) live too.”
White says it's a new beginning for him.
“I'm glad I tried it. This is good for everybody no matter what your age is,” adds White.
The costs for the device and if it will be covered by most insurances, is still unknown.
Sponsors are hoping the FDA will approve it by September of this year.
According to the CDC, more than $1M adult Americans are diagnosed with the disease each year.
In Bexar County, the CDC says diabetes is the 4th leading cause of death.
For more information on the device or to learn more about other on-going trials, head online.