When finger pricks, sugar ranges, and insulin injections are often at the forefront of your brain, take heart, diabetic patients: the Food and Drug Administration has recently approved the very first manufactured pancreas – a hybrid closed-loop system that comes with an insulin pump accompanied by a continuous glucose monitor. This extraordinary technology doesn’t only instantaneously halt the insulin pump in the event the patient’s blood glucose levels drops too low, but can even predict the drop and prevent it before it occurs.
This kind of automation opens a new world for diabetes patients, taking away the need to be on continual alert concerning their condition, which includes the concern with overnight sugar lows.
“You get almost normalized overnight blood glucose. For people with Type 1 diabetes, that’s massively important,” states Aaron Kowalski, chief mission officer for the JDRF, which has funded a large amount of research. “The diabetes isn’t gone, but [wearers] can think about it less …This is a historic milestone.”
While generally there are still developments to be worked through, including the amount of time needed for the insulin delivered to work and the accessibility of the CGM component, for many folks, the improved life quality to be realized is significant.
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