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Glucose sensors will be inserted to diabetic children

Physicians from Dobrich, Burgas, Stara Zagora and Pleven will be trained to place glucose sensors to child patients with diabetes on 29th November 2013 (Friday) in Varna University Hospital "St. Marina". According to the Head of the Multi-profile Specialized Pediatric Clinic Prof. Yotova, the combination of an insulin pump and a glucose sensor is the best modern treatment for diabetes mellitus, especially for the little patients. Prof. Yotova also heads the team which inserted the insulin pump to the youngest patients with diabetes 2 weeks ago – to the 10-month old Victoria and 16-month Stefani. The sensor insertion and the physicians' training will take place from 13:00 in Hall 501, floor 5 in Varna University Hospital.

The glucose sensors provide absolutely accurate and clear picture of the fluctuations in blood sugar levels, which cannot be monitored by measuring with a glucometer only. The sensors make 290 measurements of blood sugar per 24 hours. In measuring with a glucometer, normally performed 4 times daily, there is a likelihood to detect normal levels of blood sugar but the overall picture of the blood glucose may not be satisfactory. Concealed hypo- and hyper-glycemias may be established by means of the glucose sensors. The accurate measurement of glucose is of utmost importance for the improvement of the control and the monitoring of the treatment.

The specialists from "St. Marina" will insert the glucose sensors for free both for little patients with diabetes as Stefani and Victoria and another 10 children aged between 3 and 17, and for two adults. "The best news for us is that the insulin dose for Victoria and Stefani has been reduced to about 2U daily, e.g. only for 2 weeks since the babies have had an insulin pump, and we achieved the so-called diabetes remission (honeymoon). Unbelievable, but it is a fact! This is due to the precise dosage of the insulin pumps. The more accurate dosage helps the organism to start coping with the problem and produce the necessary doses of insulin for some time", Prof. Yotova explains. "After the sensor insertion the precision of the insulin dosing will be even greater.

Having in mind the fact that the treatment with insulin pumps has been administered for over 20 years not only in many EC member countries but worldwide, Bulgaria remains the only country in the European community which does not reimburse any part of the treatment. Victoria's and Stefani's families are still trying to find funding for the purchase of the insulin pumps inserted two weeks ago, which amounts to 7 500 leva each. Varna Society of Pediatric Endocrinology will donate a sum for the treatment consumables for the two children for a period of 8 months. After the victory for the increase of the number of test stripes for the diabetic patients over 18, the introduction of some form of reimbursement for the treatment with insulin pumps for medical indications is the second big challenge for patients, physicians and the society. ​