Mom and daughter navigate Type 1 diabetes with innovative device

Posted at 5:11 PM, May 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-14 20:16:36-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A San Diego mother and daughter who both have Type 1 Diabetes are navigating the disease together.

Keary and Zola Chaney are among the first to use a new device which sends life-saving alerts to your smartwatch or cell phone.

The Dexcom G6 is a small sensor that monitors blood sugar levels 24 hours a day and requires no finger-pricking. The FDA-approved sensor is easy to put on and can be worn for 10 days. 

"I feel like I have more control and diabetes has less control over me, which is the most freeing feeling in the world," said Keary, Zola's mom. 

Keary says Dexcom, a San Diego-based company, is not only simplifying their lives but also saving them, especially when their blood sugar levels get low. 

Keary can monitor both her and Zola's blood glucose levels on her smartphone, even if they're thousands of miles apart. 

The device will be readily available to consumers in June and is covered by most insurance companies.