Monday, May 05, 2008

JDRF Artificial Pancreas Project

I want one - NOW!

Putting Cassie on an insulin pump at the age of four (4) was a huge step for us. At the time, she was the youngest patient to ever go on pump therapy, but we felt that it was important to have a system in place that would allow us greater freedom from the tight constraints of shot therapy as she entered kindergarten. It was a godsend. The pump has allowed her to become active in sports, allowed us to travel internationally and maintain tight control for eight busy years.

But the pump only addressed half of the equation: how to get insulin in. The other half - how to measure blood glucose level- was left up to lots and lots of manual pinpricks and very sore fingertips.

Continuous Blood Glucose Monitors (CGMs) are now making their way into the marketplace. But JDRF and Dr. Aaron Kowalski are already looking forward to the next wave - a "closed loop" system that senses when a type 1 (or type 2) diabetic needs more insulin and delivers it automatically. It's truly exciting stuff.

Click the link to read more about the Artificial Pancreas Project on the JDRF website.

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