A breakthrough in the area of smart medical devices will help patients with type 1 diabetes better manage their disease. Type 1 diabetes is a condition when our body, more specifically, our pancreas, is unable to produce enough insulin, which is involved in the sugar absorption process.
Unfortunately, there is no known cure for type 1 diabetes. However, the disease can be kept in check through a combination involving hypoglycemic diets, major lifestyle changes, and artificial insulin.
Probably the worst nightmare of every type 1 diabetes patient is having to monitor the blood glucose levels, which is done by drawing blood using a hypodermic needle and glucose meter. On the bright side, thanks to the latest advancements in the area of diabetes drugs and smart medical devices, managing the condition is much easier than it was 20 years ago.
During the late 70s, a patient suffering from this condition had no means of monitor his blood sugar levels at home. In addition, there were no blood glucose machine and insulin was not that efficient in keeping the disease in check.
However, in today’s world, the condition is easier to keep in check. And now, an ingenious device will make the disease even more manageable. The wonder device is actually an artificial pancreas designed to administer the right dose of insulin.
The artificial pancreas was designed and created by Dr. Carol J. Levy, the coordinator of the artificial pancreas project, and his team of medical researchers. Levy said that the device is a major step in the right direction – better and more intelligent diabetes management tools.
Although the device is still in its infancy, it was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in November. As we’ve mentioned, the device still has some limitations, but the team is confident that they will solve them in the years to come.
The artificial pancreas has roughly the size of a cell phone and it is basically a smart insulin pump. Because of its small sizes, it can be worn without any problems. The bad news is that you will still need to monitor your blood glucose levels at least twice per day and you will need to tell the device what you ate during the day.
The good news is that you won’t have to worry anymore about administering the wrong dosage since the device is designed to make automatic adjustments.
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