This health video will focus on how this insulin helps diabetic kids act their age.
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Jennifer Matthews: Six-year-old Devon just wants to be a kid. But as a diabetic, she has a lot to think about. Devon: I have to check my blood and take my insulin. Jennifer Matthews: Humalog, a fast-acting insulin makes Devon's life easier. Paul Desrosiers: As far as our ability to give a patient flexibility in lifestyle, it's wonderful. Jennifer Matthews: Pediatric endocrinologist Paul Desrosiers says humalog works within two minutes, seven times faster than regular insulin. This allows the diabetic to eat without waiting. Paul Desrosiers: Tell a three-year-old they go and wait an hour before they eat. It doesn't work good. Jennifer Matthews: Humalog also allows diabetics to eat virtually what they want, when they want. Kellie: Before it would be, Devon, you can't have as much ice-cream or you can't have cake because your blood sugars are too high. Now I just check her blood and whatever her number is that's how much humalog I know to give her, and she's just like every single other kid: just like everybody else, right Devon? Devon: Yeah. Jennifer Matthews: Humalog also controls the diabetic highs that can cause future complications. Paul Desrosiers: And as long as they don't mind taking multiple shots a day, you can come much, much better, probably good, 50% closer to mimicking what your body was designed to do anyway and keep your blood sugars at a very normal level. Jennifer Matthews: So children like Devon can enjoy their favorite foods. Devon: Ice-cream and Cheetos. Kellie: Ice-cream and Cheetos. Jennifer Matthews: And act like other six-year-olds. This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.