OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Mississippi continues to lead the nation with type two diabetes, which for the most part is the type that is preventable through proper diet and exercise. Less than ten percent of people in the country are diagnosed with type one, which is not preventable.
Regardless of which type you have, if you use insulin, a new high tech pump may make it easier for you.
Thirty-five year old Chris Kincke has lived with type one diabetes for six years. His symptoms came out of nowhere, shortly after his first son was born.
"Over the next few days, I was getting weak, nauseous, and I started going to the bathroom constantly."
Chris didn't have a family history of diabetes, and unfortunately didn't recognize the symptoms. Over the next two months, he lost 50 pounds and ended up in the emergency room, before seeing diabetes educator KC Arnold at the Diabetes Center in Ocean Springs.
Arnold says as a type one diabetic, "It's nothing he did, in terms of diet and exercise. His body had an autoimmune response and it attacked his pancreas."
It took a about a year to get his blood sugar under control. Just recently Chris changed over to the latest version of the insulin pump, and he has never felt better.
"It's a touch screen, it's a little smaller, more controllable, and controls your blood sugar at a lower percentage rate," he said, explaining the benefits of the new T: Slim Pump.
It's smaller than other pumps, but still holds up to 300 units of insulin. Arnold compares the technology to a smart phone and says it's easier to see, learn, and use, the touch screen device.
"In a population that's getting used to smart phones and technology that's really easy. It's great to have a device that's easy with that kind of screen with color."
Like other insulin pumps, it delivers insulin 24/7, without painful injections. That's a welcome change for Chris.
"I used to do five injections a day for insulin."
Chris also has much better control of his blood sugar levels. Arnold says it's yet another option for diabetes patients.
"We're excited to be able to give different options to patients so we can help people choose what's right for them and their health; and how they want to live every day with diabetes".