Diabetes Forecast

Glucagon Pump Prevents Lows

By Miriam E. Tucker , ,


While the diabetes world anxiously awaits the arrival of an artificial pancreas that will completely control a person’s blood glucose without user input, researchers are working on several interim measures. One of these is a pump-like device that delivers glucagon, a hormone that raises blood glucose levels and can be a lifesaver for people who don’t feel symptoms when their blood glucose levels are low. In a study of 22 adults with type 1 diabetes, the experimental device reduced by 75 percent the amount of time spent with blood glucose levels below 60 mg/dl. Study participants had serious lows 1.2 percent of the time—versus 4.7 percent with the system delivering a placebo. Better yet, the device reduced the risk of lows without raising blood glucose levels higher than without glucagon, and there were no major side effects.
Source: American Diabetes Association’s 76th Scientific Sessions



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