Middleton mom’s invention, Diabetic Dabs, helps clean up after finger pricks

In 2011, Diabetic Dabs® founder, inventor and President Liz Sacco’s son David struggled with unquenchable thirst, numerous bathroom breaks, and fatigue at the end of hockey season. “A sip of water for me would be like a whole bottle of water,” said David Sacco, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in March 2011. Once referred to as juvenile diabetes, Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that has left the beta cells in David Sacco’s pancreas without the ability to produce insulin, a hormone that regulates the body’s blood sugar.

While there is no cure, the disease is treatable, but it requires David Sacco prick his finger at least six times a day to check his blood glucose level. It was the need to clean up after constant finger sticks that left Liz Sacco bewildered.

“A lot of times, I was wiping on my shorts, a lot,” said David Sacco, an incoming freshman at St. John’s Prep in Danvers. If his mother put a paper towel in his test kit, he would throw it out after the first wipe. Absent that, he would just lick his finger. “It was that missing component of his testing routine,” Liz Sacco said.

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