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Diabetes Trial

Bairnsdale Type 1 diabetic welcomes artificial pancreas trials

A Paynesville footballer is welcoming news that people like him with Type 1 diabetes could soon be free from the pain and inconvenience of daily injections.

Patients are to be fitted with an artificial pancreas as part of an Australian-first trial.

A sensor monitors blood glucose levels, automatically detects when a person needs insulin, then pumps the required level into their body.

Bryce Riches of Bairnsdale is a 23 year old active sportsman but has been living with Type 1 diabetes since he was 15.

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He believes it will be a game-changer.

"It would certainly take the stress out of worrying about my levels as much, especially overnight during sleep.

"If I get home from football training at 8:00 I can't until 11:30 because I have to check my levels.

"So knowing that I'm going to sleep and not have a worry in the back of my mind is going to help me get more sleep and less stress."

Listen to Bryce speaking above. He tells Greg about a goal he set himself long ago, to play 50 games of football, despite the limitations of having T1 diabetes. He'll play that 50th club game for Paynesville this Saturday!

Click HERE to read a piece written by Bryce on World Diabetes Day.