Research Which Gives Relief: Scientists Have Developed Artificial Pancreas

Scientists are testing artificial pancreas to give relief to diabetes patients. However, this will give relief especially to those patients who are patients of type-2 diabetes
Research Which Gives Relief: Scientists Have Developed Artificial Pancreas

Scientists are testing artificial pancreas to give relief to diabetes patients. However, this will give relief especially to those patients who are patients of type-2 diabetes and need kidney dialysis. With the help of the artificial pancreas, patients will be able to control high and low blood sugar in their bodies. The patient will not need to take insulin injections separately.

Scientists from Cambridge University and Switzerland's University Hospital of Bern are doing this test.

Research is done for 11 months on 26 patients

  • Researcher Dr. Charlotte Boughton says diabetes and kidney patients are at the highest risk in the condition of high and low blood sugar in the body. The artificial pancreas has been designed to deal with this.
  • For its trial, 26 such patients of diabetes who were on dialysis were selected between October 2019 and November 2020. However, of these, an artificial pancreas was implanted in 13 patients. At the same time, the other 13 were given insulin therapy.
  • Both types of patients were compared. Also after 20 days, it was observed how long the patients had a target range of blood sugar (5.6 to 10.0mmol/L). The results showed that there was increased blood sugar control in the patients.

This is how the artificial pancreas works

  • According to research published in the journal Nature Medicine, the artificial pancreas is operated with the help of software.
  • This software is present in the user's smartphone and sends signals to the artificial pancreas to control insulin in the patient.
  • With the help of a glucose monitor, the blood sugar level in the patient is checked and signals are sent accordingly.

The trial is now being done in patients with healthy kidney

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University Hospital of Burn researcher Dr. Lia Bailey says, with the help of artificial pancreas, patients will be able to control serious disease on their own. Also now its trial is being done on people who are suffering from diabetes, but they do not need dialysis. Its results may be released soon.

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