Artificial pancreas is clamped to patients’ apparel complete with a tiny monitor and pump fitted to skin
Almost 300,000 Britons have Type 1 diabetes
Additionally 2.9million have obesity related Type 2 diabetes
This device will possibly help handle the diabetes epidemic related to obesity. The artificial pancreas looks like an iPod and is pasted to patients’ clothing with a tiny monitor and pump fitted to their skin.
It functions like a normal blood sugar monitor – injecting regular doses of insulin into diabetics to ensure it keeps a normal level. In the experiment, 24 British patients with Type 1 diabetes were made to wear the device for a month.
Cambridge University researchers believe artificial pancreas could also benefit patients with Type 2 diabetes.
The scientists, whose study is published today in the Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology Journal, are planning on doing a much bigger trial with more patients being fitted with artificial pancreases and tracked for much longer.
Dr Roman Hovorka, lead author of the Cambridge study, said: ‘The advantage of a system like this one is the ability to fine tune insulin delivery to account for variations in overnight insulin needs.
The price has not been fixed yet – but similar devices used in America cost around £5,000.
Dr Alasdair Rankin, Diabetes UK’s director of research, said: ‘These results are hugely exciting. The potential health benefits of this technology to people with Type 1 diabetes could be enormous.’