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It will roll out in the next few weeks

Type 1 diabetics could benefit from a new "artificial pancreas" device now that it has received proper approval for the U.S. market.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved an artificial pancreas device for the very first time, allowing it to hit the market in the next few weeks. 

The device -- called the MiniMed 530G -- is by Medtronic, and it consists of two parts: a continuous glucose monitoring system, and an insulin pump that administers the appropriate amount of synthetic insulin.

The glucose monitoring system lets the patient know exactly what their blood sugar is, and the wearer then uses the pump to input the correct amount of insulin for high blood sugar levels.

If the patient has low blood sugar, the pump will alert the patient and shut off insulin supply for two hours. If blood sugar drops too low, patients can experience a diabetic coma. 

The pump looks like a pager, which attaches to the patient's pants and is connected to a sensor that slips right underneath the patient's skin. The glucose monitoring system looks like a small patch with a plastic clip, which is placed on the patient's stomach. 

The MiniMed 530G aims to improve the quality of life of diabetics, allowing for greater blood glucose control. It's by no means a cure, but it can help keep blood sugar levels from rising and falling too rapidly, which can cause complications like nerve damage, blindness, kidney problems, etc. further down the line. 

While the device could be a helpful tool, know that its false alarm rate is 33 percent -- so it could still use some improvement.

With the FDA's approval, Medtronics plans to release the MiniMed 530G in the next few weeks. 

Source: Singularity Hub

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By shabazkilla on 9/30/2013 1:00:39 PM , Rating: 2
Current CGMs (constant glucose monitors) don't measure blood glucose levels - they measure interstitial fluid glucose levels, which has not been nearly as accurate as blood measurements. As a result no insulin pump is setup to dose insulin based off readings from current CGMs.

I haven't read the details of the new Medtronics 530g system, but it appears the enlite sensor is still reading interstitial fluid glucose levels. They claim it's more accurate though, at least accurate enough to dose off of. I'll be pissed if you still have to calibrate the sensor with blood glucose readings every 8-12 hours. It's a pain in the ass.

By csilo on 10/2/2013 3:07:47 PM , Rating: 2
I saw this too. It will not give you an exact measurement of your BGs. My dexcom g5 isnt even that accurate, I doubt this medtronic pump will be either.

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