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The Navajo Nation Special Diabetes Project has a new weapon in its fight to keep Navajos from succumbing to the disease.
The agency is participating in a pilot project that uses weather balloons and handheld devices to monitor the blood sugar level of diabetics living far from local health care facilities.
There are 24,000 Navajos with diabetes and 10,000 more are pre-diabetic, the early stage of the disease, according to Navajo Nation Division of Health data.