Type 1 Children Try an Artificial Pancreas
Research news from the American Diabetes Association 72nd Scientific Sessions
June 8–12, 2012 | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Young children with type 1 diabetes tend to have unpredictable eating habits and be prone to low blood glucose (hypoglycemia). The so-called artificial pancreas, a combination of continuous glucose monitor and insulin pump that automatically doses insulin, could be a boon for this vulnerable population. Such devices (several variations are under study) are referred to as "closed loop" systems. A study found that an experimental artificial pancreas kept kids under age 7 in a healthy blood glucose range longer overnight than usual care. The artificial pancreas also helped the kids avoid hypoglycemia, which is a particular concern in young children because low blood glucose may damage a developing brain.