There is a lot of exciting technology in the world of diabetes. One game changer that gets a lot of attention is called artificial pancreas treatment. In as little as two years the time consuming procedure of checking and regulating blood sugar levels for diabetics maybe turned on its head with this artificial pancreas treatment.
This breakthrough diabetes technology has been discussed for a very long time in medical circles. After a long wait it looks like it is almost here.
So, what is artificial pancreas treatment?
An artificial pancreas mimics the functions of a normal healthy pancreas (that produces insulin). It combines continuous blood glucose monitoring with a remote control insulin pump to maintain healthy blood sugars.
This is a potential game-changer for any diabetic but perhaps even more so for parents of young children who are diabetic.
Clinical trials of the artificial pancreas will begin in the next few years. It is a race to develop this technology with health companies. Each company is very keen to get the first one to market. Given that 400 million people across the globe struggle with diabetes being the first to develop this new technology would yield potentially big rewards.
It can run on your smartphone
This new technology can potentially run on a smart phone where your phone tracks your blood sugars.
One of the medical companies trying to get their technology to market uses a central hub platform called InControl that runs on a reconfigured smartphone. The device is linked wirelessly to a blood sugar monitor, an insulin pump and a remote monitoring site. The blood sugar monitor takes glucose levels in the blood every 5 minutes and delivers the readings to the InControl device. This means much of the human interaction that is currently necessary for both type 1 and type 2 diabetics when it comes to self-medication will be removed.
It can predict your insulin needs
The real technology lies in the algorithms that can predict how much insulin will be needed by the body ahead of time. This means that the technology will be proactive rather than reactive. In other words it will be able to predict glucose spikes and pre-empt changes to insulin sensitivity. Obviously this is cutting edge technology that thinks just like a real pancreas.
Clinical trials of this exciting breakthrough should begin in the next 2 years. Artificial pancreas treatment will need to prove its safety and efficacy in long-term trials in the patient’s natural environment. If all goes according to plan artificial pancreas treatment will be a multi-function device; it will be an adaptable, wearable network surrounding the patient in a digital treatment ecosystem. It will change the way the 400 million diabetic across the globe live forever.
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