Progress for the Artificial Pancreas
Science is one step closer to an artificial pancreas. Researchers studied 56 children at diabetes camps in Israel, Slovenia, and Germany on two separate nights. During one, children wore a combination insulin pump and continuous glucose monitor (CGM). On the other night, children used an artificial pancreas, which employed a complex algorithm to automatically regulate glucose levels. When they used the artificial pancreas, kids had fewer nighttime lows (categorized for the study as blood glucose below 63 mg/dl) and spent less time low than when they used the combo pump. Average overnight glucose levels were 126 mg/dl with the artificial pancreas and 140 with the combo pump.
Source: The New England Journal of Medicine, Feb. 28, 2013