Artificial Pancreas

The endocrinologists of Mayo Clinic are developing an artificial pancreas that will be able to deliver insulin automatically and with an individualized precision.

Mayo Clinic endocrinologists Yogish Kudva, M.B.B.S., and Ananda Basu, M.B.B.S., M.D., will show their latest findings to the American Diabetes Association meeting this month in San Diego. 

Blood sugar level increases in patients who remain sedentary after taking their meals. But it may remain in control even after low grade physical activity. Researchers at Mayo Clinic are considering the same thing for developing an artificial pancreas.

The “Closed Loop System” (which is under development) includes

1. A blood sugar monitor

2. An automatic insulin pump

3. A set of activity monitors that attach to the body and

4. A central processing unit.

Clinical trials on Artificial Pancreas will start in November with inpatient volunteers. The research has been funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health

Further Reading:

Mayo Clinic (2011, June 24). Artificial pancreas being developed to ease diabetes burden. ScienceDaily. Retrieved June 26, 2011, from http://www.sciencedaily.com­/releases/2011/06/110624182303.htm

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