Monday, June 28, 2010

'Artificial pancreas' for diabetes is testing well

Scientists are getting closer to offering an "artificial pancreas" to children and adults with type 1 diabetes that will help better control the swings of blood glucose that come with the disease.

Researchers working on artificial pancreas technology announced at this weekend's 70th Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association that the latest tests of the technology show it can be used in real-life scenarios with success, including after eating a large meal and drinking a glass of white wine.

"The rubber is finally starting to hit the road. We're seeing more and more studies telling us it can be done and it can be done safely," says Aaron Kowalski, research director of the Artificial Pancreas Project for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Kowalski says they believe the technology could be available within the next few years.

Artificial pancreas technology has three components:

• A continuous glucose monitor, attached by a slender wire to the body, that measures blood glucose levels and the direction they are trending through the day, as opposed to pricking the finger and using test strips to get a single, snapshot blood sugar reading.

• An insulin pump, also attached to the body, that doses insulin continuously at a low level and can be adjusted.

• A sophisticated computer program that can help the two devices "talk" to each other and automate the process.

The first two technologies are already available. Researchers with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation have been testing the multi-component system in a range of in-clinic situations.

Source and More:

The First Year: Type 2 Diabetes: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed
Dr. Neal Barnard's Program for Reversing Diabetes: The Scientifically Proven System for Reversing Diabetes without Drugs
Blood Sugar 101: What They Don't Tell You About Diabetes

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