An artificial pancreas is helping to protect young children with type 1 diabetes; a study published found that it is both safe to use and more effective at managing their blood sugar levels than current technology.
Development of an artificial pancreas
An artificial pancreas developed by a team of Cambridge researchers is helping protect very young children with type 1 diabetes at a particularly vulnerable time of their lives.
This can eliminate the need for finger prick tests and prevent life-threatening hypoglycemic attacks, where blood sugar levels fall too low. The technology uses a sensor under the skin. It continually monitors the levels, and a pump automatically adjusts the amount of insulin required.
Six year old Charlotte is one of those children using the hybrid closed loop system.
Before using this loop system Charlotte mother told they had to set alarm every 2 hours to do finger pricks to check the blood sugar levels.
How does artificial pancreas work?
A sensor under the skin automatically measures the blood sugar level and then the reading is directly sent through wireless pump which calculates the amount of insulin required and also through smart phone user can monitor readings so that they may calculate the carbohydrates that should be taken for their next meal
About 400,000 people in the UK have type 1 diabetes, a condition where the body can’t produce insulin, the hormone which regulates blood sugar levels.
Yasmin Hopkins, 27, from London, has also received an artificial pancreas. She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 15 years ago and had struggled to maintain her blood sugar levels. Yasmin finds the new technology liberating.
“I wake up now and I can do normal day’s work, or go on a dog walk without being concerned,” she said.”Before, I felt like I’d have been at risk from some of the long-term complications of diabetes, whereas now I don’t see that happening.” This technique has proved to be a boon for the patients of type 1 diabetes