Drs. Ed Damiano and Steven Russell, creators of the Bionic Pancreas, will speak out live with TuDiabetes.org today and you are invited to listen in on the interview. The live interview will at 1 p.m. PST.
Drs. Damiano and Russell are part of a collaborative group working together to make automated blood glucose control a reality. Engineers from Boston University have developed a closed-loop artificial pancreas blood glucose control system. This system uses frequent measurements of blood glucose concentration along with subcutaneous delivery of both rapid-acting insulin and glucagon as directed by a computer algorithm. The artificial endocrine pancreas automatically evaluates the readings and can make a new decision about insulin and glucagon dosing every five minutes.
The system is currently being tested in people with type 1 diabetes at Massachusetts General Hospital, with results recently published in Science Translational Medicine. It is not yet ready for in home testing.
Ideally the system will allow for better tighter control of the type 1 diabetic’s blood sugar levels. Better control will help avoid, or at least prolong, the onset of diabetes complication. Complications include: heart disease, kidney problems, nerve damage and vision problems.
The live interview is put on by the Diabetes Hands Foundation and is offered on TuDiabetes.org. TuDiabetes.org is an online community comprised of diabetics. Over 370 million of us live with diabetes and it affects so many more. TuDiabetes.org offers advice, resources and a sense of community among diabeteics.
For more details and to RSVP for the event, visit http://www.tudiabetes.org/events/event/show?id=583967%3AEvent%3A3158270&xgi=2RhhtVCMEiHiP7&xg_source=msg_invite_event
This article is not intended to replace the medical advice of your physician. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of diabetes, make an appointment with your physician.
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