In the event that finger pricks, sugar levels, and blood insulin shots are constantly on your mind, have faith, diabetes patients: the Food and Drug Administration has recently approved the very first artificial pancreas – a hybrid closed-loop system that includes an insulin pump along with a continuous glucose monitor. This amazing creation doesn’t just immediately halt the insulin pump when the patient’s blood sugar level falls too low, but can even anticipate the decrease, which will help prevent it before it takes place.
This particular degree of automation opens a new world of freedom for diabetes sufferers, removing the need to be on continuous alert regarding their condition, along with the anxiety about 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 the bulk of research. “The diabetes isn’t gone, but [wearers] can think about it less …This is a historic milestone.”
While right now there are still enhancements to be worked through, like the period of time necessary for the insulin delivered to work and the accessibility of the CGM component, for many people, the promise of improved quality of life is important.
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