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'Bionic Pancreas' Astonishes Diabetes Researchers - NBC News

A “bionic pancreas” that uses a smart phone, glucose monitor and insulin pump to automatically control blood sugar levels helped more than two dozen people live free of finger pricks and other troublesome reminders of diabetes, researchers reported Sunday.

And the system controlled their blood sugar levels far better than they could have done on their own, the researchers told a meeting of the American Diabetes Association

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“The system was able to bring everybody into the range that reduces complications,” Russell said. “Not just half of them. Not just three-fourths of them. Everybody.”
 

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I gather, from the article, that participants were on the SAD diet, and the bionic pancreas is currently designed to facilitate that.

The article doesn't mention what their notion of a "desirable range" is. (Spoiler Alert: I suspect we wouldn't like their recommended numbers.)

Emphasis appears to be on reducing or eliminating lows, not highs.

My suspicion? This is a way to smooth out the immediate roller-coaster that comes with eating carbs -- not a bad thing in itself, BUT -- it will not help to avoid complications further down the line.
 
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I was just thinking as to how it may work. It may not deliver the entire insulin all at once but doing continuos bg checking (CGMS) and injecting as per the need (Pump). Just like real pancreas would do.
 

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Numbers indicate improvement in controlling numbers with bionic pancreas (insulin and glycogen pumps) vs insulin pump alone. Lower numbers and smaller deviation, but still up in diabetic numbers not normal numbers. They also seem to be happy calling the lower end of normal a hypo.
 
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