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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 amanojaku on 9/30/2013 3:45:33 PM , Rating: 2
Weight loss is a common sign of type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM). This is due to the low level of insulin, which removes excess glucose from the blood to be stored as glycogen in the liver and muscles, and triglycerides in the adipose tissue. If the body isn't storing adipose, you won't be fat. Glycogen also makes up body mass, as much as 10%.

Essentially, people with T1DM just piss out their sugar, and their resulting body mass goes down. They also experience fatigue, since there's less sugar in the muscles and liver (which supplies glucose to the rest of the body's organs).

They're at risk for cardiovascular disease, as well. The triglycerides that would have been stored in the adipose float around the blood stream, damaging vessels (atherosclerosis), the nerves they supply (diabetic neuropathy) and the heart (diabetic cardiomyopathy).

I'm sure your friend has heard all this and more from his doctor, and knows how dangerous it is. T1DM left untreated is fatal.


By ClownPuncher on 9/30/2013 5:24:06 PM , Rating: 2
He definitely knows. I can't say he is the best at taking care of it, but he definitely stays active and keeps his diet sane.


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