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- pancreas /PAN-kree-uhs/
- finger-stick /FING-ger-stik/
- statewide /STEYT-WAHYD/
- extensively /ik-STEN-siv-lee/
- glucose /GLOO-kohs/
[noun] – an organ in the body that produces insulin and substances that help to digest food so that it can be used by the body
In type 1 diabetes, the pancreas produces little to no insulin.
[adjective] – relating to or being a blood test for which blood is obtained by pricking the skin of a finger to obtain blood from a capillary
We need to conduct a finger-stick test to see your blood sugar.
[adjective] – in every part of a state
The next statewide elections will be in May.
[adverb] – in a way that covers a large area or has a great range
The school library has been remodeled extensively.
[noun] – a type of sugar that is found in many foods and that organisms use to get energy
Most glucose is found in fruits.
In the United Kingdom, almost 400,000 people have type 1 diabetes, a condition where the body cannot generate insulin, the hormone that regulates blood sugar levels. The pilot test currently has enrolled 875 individuals, totaling 1,000 people expected to participate. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) will review the findings and decide where the technology should be used more extensively. It followed NICE’s suggestion that all people with type 1 diabetes in England be offered continuous glucose monitoring via a skin sensor. Prof. Partha Kar of NHS said: “Having machines monitor and deliver medication for diabetes patients sounds quite sci-fi-like, but technology and machines are part and parcel of how we live our lives every day.”
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