A revolutionary new medical device for treatment of type 1 diabetes has been approved in the US by the FDA. It’s a device which continuously monitors blood glucose levels and automatically adjusts and delivers insulin accordingly.
It’s almost like an “artificial pancreas”:
Hopefully, it will make everyday life for patients with type 1 diabetes significantly easier. The device is expected to be available for patients in the spring.
Of course, even if a device like this can be very helpful for people with type 1, it can only simplify the administration of insulin. There will still be a lot of delay both in sensing glucose levels, and in waiting for insulin to be absorbed. Thus, achieving close to perfect blood-glucose control will likely also require control of the carbohydrate intake, both quality and (especially) quantity.
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