Living with type 1 diabetes can be really consuming and tough. Patients always need to be aware of the sugar levels in their blood, so that they could administer the exact amount of insulin. If they exceed the dose even only a little, they might suffer terrible complications. This is why researchers have created an artificial pancreas to calculate and deliver this insulin amount, using only a smartphone.
Making life easier for type 1 diabetes patients
People with type 1 diabetes have a hard time living a normal life, so researchers wanted to find a way to ease their existence and help them take a break. Therefore, they ran a trial on an artificial pancreas which is connected to an algorithm operating on a smartphone. The trial came up successful.
This artificial pancreas is actually a glucose monitor integrated in an insulin pump. It analyzes the external factors which can influence the levels of blood sugar and, according to how they vary every day, it learns the insulin amount it has to deliver. Also, it takes care that each dose is suitable for the glucose level of the patient. In fact, the artificial pancreas seeks to behave like the healthy version of the organ.
The artificial pancreas regulates the insulin levels according to the blood sugar
As a healthy organ, the artificial one doesn’t seek a uniform level of glucose over days. What it does is keep these levels within healthy numbers, and follow o scale a natural pancreas would follow. The results were more than fulfilling.
After 12 weeks, patients saw improvements in their hemoglobin levels, and fewer times when they were hypoglycemic. The results applied to all patients, even when they took better care of themselves than usual. Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean the artificial pancreas will make insulin injections no longer necessary. It’s just a way to make life easier for people with type 1 diabetes.
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