An artificial pancreas is in the works to help people living with - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/14/10

An artificial pancreas is in the works to help people living with diabetes

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By Kristin Beerman | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – An artificial pancreas, sounds like science fiction, but it's on the way. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is joining forces with the manufacturer of an insulin pump in an attempt to develop the first artificial pancreas.

Type-one diabetes affects roughly three million Americans and the disease requires constant monitoring of blood sugar levels, and regular insulin shots. This new device would check blood sugar throughout the day and deliver insulin as it is needed. The beauty in this is the patient, or parent in many cases, wouldn't need to do a thing. The only problem is it will take some time to develop the software that will go with this, but officials hope it could be ready for us within four years.

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