Artificial pancreas system to make life easier for diabetics

Artificial pancreas system to make life easier for diabetics

Amid increasing cases of diabetes, the FDA recently approved an artificial pancreas system that has a continuous glucose sensor which works directly with an insulin pump, allowing patients to continuously monitor their blood sugar level without the need of frequently piercing a finger.

Katie Marquart, a pediatric endocrinologist from Gundersen Health System, said that the new system provides constant information to insulin pump to allow, enabling the device to release more or less insulin in the blood as required by the body.

Speaking about the system, Marquart said, “So this system allows you to continuously monitor your blood sugar level without having to do so many frequent finger pokes, and that information is then transmitted to an insulin pump, which can give more or less insulin based on whatever that blood sugar is.”

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s local branch has raised nearly $500,000 over the past half decade in La Crosse alone, and the whole amount went to support the new technology.

Separately, Sen. Frank Simpson and Sen. Roger Thompson said the disease of diabetes is really rampant, and Oklahomans must do something to fix it as a state.

The two Republicans, who constitute the state legislature’s two-member Diabetes Caucus, marked the ongoing National Diabetes Month through a “World Diabetes Day” event, which they hosted at the Capitol.



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