Diabetes mellitus is your interest and that is covered in several areas of this site. Here, however, we will concentrate on this condition that afflicts babies. So if you know people who may need this info, please let them know of this website for only when this site will have people coming to it will I be allowed to continue working on this.
Diabetes mellitus, sometimes misspelled as mellitis, can be exceedingly brittle in the newborn. It is therefore vital to observe close monitoring of the blood sugar. Why? Because this is important so the newborn will get sufficient insulin treatment.
Baumeister, FA et al studied this issue. He is from Kinderklinik und Poliklinik der Technischen Universitat Munchen in Munich. The approach that is promising for babies is continuous subcutaneous microdialysis. This will lessen the painful pressure that is due to diagnostic blood sampling.
What is the goal of this study? The researchers wanted to evaluate the possibility of continuous application beneath the skin for these babies. This is in order to monitor the blood glucose level of the newborn. Of course, they assessed the link between the blood and the glucose profile.
This is how they conducted their study. They monitored the blood sugar level of a six-month old baby with this condition. They checked the capillary blood glucose often. In addition, they used a subcutaneous microdialysis machine to detect the concentration of the glucose.
They then analyzed the results. They found the subcutaneous concentration of the glucose measurement was in a wide scope from 1.7 to 23.8 mM. This wide range of measurement closely matched the changes in the capillary blood glucose. But the glucose profiles showed a substantial variation of the time lag between the two of up to one hour.
From the aforementioned findings, what did the researchers conclude? The glucose monitoring of babies with this condition is helped by the subcutaneous microdialysis. Why? Because it gives extra information regarding the rise and fall of the glucose.
The scientists involved in this study did say that there is a need for more research. Future research could concentrate on a closer correlation between the blood glucose and the glucose concentration with the microdialysis machine. This will make the subcutaneous monitoring more reliable for babies with diabetes mellitus.
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