From the age of five,Eshaant Shivate,has battled complications and even depression to tackle the problem of juvenile diabetes. With sugar fluctuations and four to five daily insulin shots,Eshaant no longer felt like going out of his house for studying or playing.
However,after being adopted by Diabetes Care and Research Foundation that provides insulin pump therapy to Type 1 diabetic children,Eshaant performed well in academics at Vidyabhavan School. He is now studying at Fergusson College and is one of the contestants for a district-level swimming championship.
Pump therapy may significantly reduce diabetes-related stress in families with Juvenile diabetic children said Dr Abhay A Mutha,consultant diabetologist,Founder President of Diabetes Care and Research Foundation.
Mutha,who conducts the unique project for Childhood Diabetes in the country,said that 171 needy and poor diabetic children are completely adopted till the age of 18 years.
The pump that is as small as a pager gives an alarm that the insulin is getting over in the pump after four or five days and then it is refilled. The cost of the pump ranges from Rs 1-3 lakh. Mutha has donated seven insulin pumps to children like Eshaant and has plans to donate another five to seven insulin pumps this year.
Shivate,who is now 17,said,Now,I am able to cope with diabetes-related problems. A pager size pump is fitted to my trousers belt and can be carried by fitting it to the abdomen via needle. I do not worry about daily shots anymore. I have started going out for picnics and other events with friends.
Mutha said that pumps are more effective than multiple dose regime of insulin at helping Type 1 Diabetes,controlling their blood sugar and can lower the total daily insulin dose they need. We were able to get blood sugar down into the range where we can prevent long term complications. The most important measure of last three months of Blood sugar control (HbA1C) dropped drastically from 11 to 8 in a matter of just four to five months and this was possible without causing serious hypoglycemia, Mutha said.