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Artificial pancreas likely to be available by 2018

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The artificial pancreas, a device which monitors blood glucose in patients with Type 1 diabetes and then automatically adjusts levels of insulin entering the body, is likely to be available by 2018, according to a paper published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes).The device, which is worn like an insulin pump, has been termed the 'artificial pancreas' because it monitors and adjusts insulin levels just as the pancreas does in people without diabetes.Diabetes UK is a supporter of research into the development of artificial pancreas technology and has funded two studies to tailor the artificial pancreas system for adults with Type 1 diabetes, and for women with Type 1 diabetes during pregnancy.Dr Elizabeth Robertson, Diabetes UK Director of Research, said: “The artificial pancreas has the potential to transform lives, particularly for people who find it difficult to maintain good control of their blood glucose levels. We’re very pleased to see this area of research moving at a fast pace, but there are still hurdles to overcome in making the technology as effective and reliable as possible.“Diabetes UK has been a long-time supporter of Professor Hovorka’s research into the development of artificial pancreas technology, and it’s very exciting to see that those investments will make a real difference to the lives of people with Type 1 diabetes.”

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