Local teacher credits technology for making life with diabetes easier

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NEW IBERIA, La. (KLFY)- According to the American Diabetes Association, about 1.25 million Americans have Type 1 diabetes. 

One local teacher is making use of technology to manage her diabetes and continue to live her best life. 

Jenny Gonsoulin is the family and consumer sciences teacher at Westgate High School. 

Gonsoulin lives with Type 1 diabetes, a condition where the body does not produce insulin. 

“I’ve played sports, I’ve taught for the last 20 years, I have two new beautiful children, I have an awesome husband,” Gonsoulin said. “So my life is just like most people my age except that I’ve had to deal with diabetes for most of my life.”

Doctors diagnosed Gonsoulin when she was 6 years old. She used to measure her blood sugar levels by testing her urine. 

“I would measure next to colors to see if my blood sugar was low, medium or high,” she said. “I didn’t know if it was kind of high or kind of low.”

Gonsoulin now wears the Dexcom G6, a glucose monitor on her arm. 

A sensor on her stomach send her glucose levels to her phone and watch. .

 “Every five minutes I can see what my blood sugar is,” Gonsoulin said. “So I can see the trends. If at 3 I’m always high [blood sugar] then i adjust my insulin.”

Now, she doesn’t have to prick her finger. 

When her blood sugar goes down, the device will pump more insulin to stay out of a dangerous situation. 

Because she’s got a full life to live and kids to teach, Gonsoulin says she always looking for new tech to manage her diabetes. 

“It’s not all daises being diabetic but it’s not all lemons. It’s not an awful thing to have to live with,” she said. 

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