Breakthrough in Creating Artificial Pancreas
System Allows for Continuous Monitoring of Blood Sugar at Night
Next Step: Home Studies
Hovorka says the next step is to test the system in the home setting.
If that goes well, he says the artificial pancreas could be clinically
available within three to five years for overnight use.
It will probably take longer to determine if the system can be used 24 hours
a day. Daytime blood sugar control, especially around mealtimes, poses a
Even if the first-generation artificial pancreas proves beneficial only for
nighttime glucose control, Kowalski says this would still be a major advance in
the treatment of insulin-dependent diabetes.
"Many parents are up every night to test their child’s blood sugar, and many
live with the fear that their child won’t wake up in the morning," he says.
"This could ease some of that burden for people with this disease and their