Nearly 900 patients with type 1 diabetes in England are experiencing a life-changing artificial pancreas. It can eliminate the need for finger exams and prevent life-threatening hypoglycemic attacks, where blood sugar levels fall very low.
The technology uses a sensor under the skin. It constantly monitors the levels and a pump automatically regulates the required amount of insulin.
Six-year-old Charlotte from Lancashire is one of more than 200 children using the hybrid CCTV system. Her mother, Ange Abbott, told us that this had a huge impact on the whole family.
“Before we got the device, everything was manual,” he said. “At night we had to turn on the alarm clock every two hours to check with a finger test and correct the situation with insulin, in order to deal with the ups and downs of Charlotte’s blood sugar.” About 400,000 people in the UK suffer from type 1 diabetes, a condition in which the body cannot produce insulin, the hormone that regulates blood sugar levels.
The British Health System reports that this is the first nationwide test of the technology and comes 100 years after the first insulin injection made by the first patient with diabetes. The hybrid system is not fully automated because the amount of carbohydrates consumed during meals must be entered.
Charlotte’s consultant Dr May Ng, a pediatric endocrinologist at Ormskirk District General Hospital, believes the new technology has tremendous potential. “I think it’s absolutely fantastic. “I have been dealing with childhood diabetes for 25 years and that is changing the data,” he said. “Being able to improve the quality of life, being able to see that most of their blood glucose measurements are within the target range, is very exciting.”
For Ange, constant monitoring means that Charlotte can become the child she was again. “She enjoys the days out with her friends and the nights out, but we had to stop them as soon as she was diagnosed because other people could not manage her diabetes. “Now we can allow her to go out to these social events when we are not there.”
Yasmin Hopkins, 27, from London, also received an artificial pancreas as part of a pilot project. She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 15 years ago and struggled to maintain her blood sugar levels.
Yasmin told the BBC she found the new technology liberating. “Now I wake up and I can do a normal job or go for a walk with the dog without worrying,” he said. “Before, I felt I was at risk for some of the long-term complications of diabetes, but now I do not see that happening.”
If blood sugar levels are not kept under control, patients with diabetes are at risk of long-term damage to their heart, kidneys, eyes and nervous system.
Professor Partha Kar, NHS National Diabetes Adviser, said: our daily lives.
“It is not far from the sacred chalice of a fully automated system, where people with type 1 diabetes can go on with their lives without worrying about glucose levels or medication.” To date, 875 patients have joined the pilot program, which will include up to 1,000 people.
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