Are You a Type 1 diabetic? New Implantable Pancreas may help
A study has recently arisen in the ACS journal Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research that suggests that living with Type 1 diabetes may become more tolerable, with the development of a new implantable pancreas that can regularly measure blood sugar and glucose levels, then automatically release insulin as necessary. For all living with Type 1 diabetes, this new advancement in medicine is a game changer.
What does this new implantable pancreas mean?
You know those dreaded necessary evils of pricking yourself with a needle to measure blood sugar every so often? Well with this new pancreas, the need to do so will be gone with the regular measurements and self-dosing. So, the chance to say goodbye to those daily pricks may be coming up soon.
Type 1 diabetes is mostly seen and diagnosed in children and young adults under the age of 20, otherwise known as juvenile diabetes. The statistics for this type show only 5% have it, but those young people’s lives depend on managing diabetes correctly. This development may help with that.
How does this new implantable pancreas work?
This pancreas was designed in mind with taking out the effort and pain of pricking and dosing yourself. Thus, the researches in charge of the study developed an algorithm to measure blood sugar levels, and then based on them calculate your insulin dosage. Said dosage is then delivered without using the needle, and only when it is needed. Computer testing of the new implantable pancreas showed that, using the algorithm in coincidence with the peaking and falling of sugar levels in response to meal times and sleeping at night, the pancreas delivered the insulin and kept the blood sugar at a sufficient level almost eighty percent of the time.
A test on animals will soon be underway to see its efficiency put in practice and tested with a living organism. The study was made possible through funding by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. This new method will also be faster than current methods, and the researchers working on this project will most likely try to achieve that ideal blood sugar level as close to one hundred percent of the time as possible.
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