Cambridge scientists developed an artificial pancreas that can help maintain healthy glucose levels. The device is powered by an algorithm and doubled the amount of time patients were within the target glucose range compared to standard treatment. “Feedback from participants suggested that they were happy that their glucose levels were automatically monitored by the system. Also, 89 per cent reported spending less time managing their diabetes in general,” the university said in a press release.
The device combines a turnkey glucose monitor and insulin pump with a team-developed app CamAPS HX. This app is managed by an algorithm that predicts how much insulin is needed to keep glucose levels within the target range.
The researchers have previously shown that an artificial pancreas controlled by a similar algorithm is effective for patients with type 1 diabetes. They have also successfully tried the device in patients with type 2 diabetes who require renal dialysis.
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