View Full Version : Artificial pancreas to cure type 1 diabetes?

07-08-2007, 02:41 PM
An artificial pancreas that controls blood glucose levels is now undergoing clinical trials. If successful, it could mean the end of insulin shots and more importantly reduce the incidents of complications resulting from abnormal fluctuations in blood glucose levels such as heart attacks, strokes, kidney failures, etc..


"The artificial pancreas, spearheaded by Drs Roman Hovorka, David Dunger and Carlo Acerini of the Department of Paediatrics, combines two pieces of technology – an insulin pump and a continuous glucose sensor, which provides real time data about trends in glucose levels and alarms the patient to intervene if levels are heading too high or too low."

“This technology will enable a child with type 1 diabetes to achieve better glucose and HbA1c levels by automatically providing the right amount of insulin at the right time, just as the pancreas does in people without the condition,” said Hovorka. “Doctors and patients should be aware that this technology is coming.”