‘Bionic’ Pancreas Has Overnight Success
Experimental technology that researchers call the “bionic pancreas” improved blood glucose levels in adults and teens with type 1 diabetes for five days in a real-world setting. The system combines a continuous glucose sensor with a pump that delivers both insulin and the hormone glucagon, which raises low blood glucose. In 20 adults, average blood glucose with the bionic pancreas was 138 mg/dl versus 159 mg/dl without the system. Participants using the bionic pancreas were hypoglycemic (glucose levels below 70 mg/dl) less often on average than those not using the novel device.
Source: The New England Journal of Medicine, published online June 15, 2014