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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 Monkey's Uncle on 9/30/2013 9:03:53 PM , Rating: 2
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You're thinking of Type II's which eat their way to diabetes. Type I's are born with it. They can totally have the belly in the pic.


The quoted poster's assumption that "type II's which eat their way to diabetes" is misinformed.

That generalized assumption is made based on pure ignorance. While being overweight is one possible cause of diabetes in those with a disposition for it, it is not the only cause by a long shot. For instance my neighbor has Type II diabetes. She weighs about 95 lbs soaking wet. She developed Gestational diabetes when she was pregnant with her kid. I have known her for about 20 years and in all that time she was never heavier than 115 lbs.

Type II diabetes is a degenerative disease. Period. Granted being overweight will cause insulin resistance and make diabetic symptoms appear sooner, however being overweight is not in itself the cause of Type II diabetes. Degeneration of pancreatic function is the cause of Type II diabetes.

If the quoted poster had done a little research, he would have figured this out and not made such an uninformed & ignorant comment.


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