Getting closer to the future of an artificial pancreas device

For Type 1 diabetics, further proof of improving your life using technology. Medtronic gives hope to the type 1 diabetics as it sets the stage of them getting closer to the future of an artificial pancreas device as their clinical study proved that an insulin pump can automatically stop the flow of insulin once it detects that the blood sugar level had normalized. These insulin pumps were developed by the medical technology company based in Minnesota and already available in over 50 countries outside US. Once the FDA approves the device, approximately 3 million Americans will benefit from it Read more »

Pancreas Transplantation

The pancreas is a gland behind your stomach and in front of your spine. It produces the juices that help break down food and the hormones that help control blood sugar levels. A pancreas transplant is surgery to place a healthy pancreas from a donor into a person with a diseased pancreas. It is mostly done for people with severe type 1 diabetes. It can allow them to give up insulin shots. An experimental procedure called islet cell transplantation transplants only the parts of the pancreas that make insulin. People who have transplants must take drugs to keep their body from rejecting the new pancreas for the rest of their lives. They must also have regular follow-up care. Because of the risks, it is not a common treatment for type 1 diabetes. source: National Institutes of Health Read more »

Islet Cell Transplants

Islet cell transplantation places cells from an organ donor into the body of another person. It is used experimentally to treat type 1 diabetes. Islets are cells found in clusters throughout the pancreas. They are made up of several types of cells. The islets contain beta cells, which make insulin. Insulin is a hormone that helps the body use glucose for energy. In type 1 diabetes, the beta cells of the pancreas no longer make insulin. A person who has type 1 diabetes must take insulin daily to live. Transplanted islet cells, however, can take over the work of the destroyed cells. Once implanted, the beta cells in these islets begin to make and release insulin. Researchers hope islet transplantation will help people with type 1 diabetes live without daily insulin injections.   Read more »