Artificial pancreas may be available to diabetes patients - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/14/10

Artificial pancreas may be available to diabetes patients within the next five years

By Kristin Beerman | email

Edited by Jon Bush | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Millions of Americans suffer from type one diabetes, which means regulating their blood sugar is a constant issue.  The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Ameris Corporation are working together to develop an artificial pancreas, something we've talked about for years, but now the funding is finally available to make it happen. 

"It will eliminate that, so that the device would automatically shut off insulin to the body without the diabetic themselves having to manually do that," said Laura Chalker, with the Juevenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

The development of this technology will probably take about four years to complete, but the foundation is hopeful that an artificial pancreas will be widely available to patients in just five years.

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