Dear Nadia, Is there any promising research for curing type 1 diabetes? Seven years in our family. Any hope? Steve, Twitter Follower Dear Steve: Yes, there is hope—a considerable amount of it, thanks to research focusing on ways to “tell” the body not to mistakenly attack insulin-producing beta cells. This means that at some point, … Continue reading AskNadia: A Cure for Type 1 Diabetes?
It always surprises me how little the general population knows about diabetes. After 20 years with Type 1 diabetes, it shouldn’t, but it still does. I was at a funeral the other day and one of the gentlemen there was interested in learning about diabetes. His mother had lived with diabetes which I think prompted … Continue reading There Is No Easy Button
For people with type 1 diabetes who follow medical research, development of a closed-loop, “artificial pancreas” has always been the Holy Grail. Such a system would combine an insulin pump with a continuous glucose monitor to provide constant control of blood glucose levels. But what if such a system was only a start? What if … Continue reading “Artificial Pancreas” Could Benefit From Inhaled Insulin Therapy
The FDA has approved a new, automated artificial pancreas system from Minneapolis-based Medtronic, Inc. The innovative, first-generation system is the first of its kind in the United States, and has the capability to automatically stop insulin delivery when blood glucose levels are either too high or too low. The MiniMed 530G with Enlite sensor is … Continue reading FDA Approves Medtronic’s Artificial Pancreas
Insulin pump maker Animas has taken another step toward perfecting (and hopefully putting on sale) the first artificial pancreas. The company doesn’t call it anything that clear-cut, instead referring to the device as “a closed-loop insulin delivery system.” Whatever you call it, the system is based on a simple concept. What if you could make … Continue reading Study Shows Promise for Artificial Pancreas
The FDA has approved the start of outpatient trials of a smart phone-based monitoring device that functions as an artificial pancreas. If the device, which automatically measures blood glucose levels and adjusts them with insulin, is successful, several million type 1 patients could enjoy a whole new level of convenience. Trials are expected to begin … Continue reading Keep Your Fingers Crossed: FDA Approves Artificial Pancreas Outpatient Trial
A little more than 25 years ago, I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. In a way, I don’t want to type that sentence. It looks backward; I want to look ahead. I’m proud of what I’ve achieved over that time, but I know that this disease is a marathon. I also know that, however … Continue reading The First 25
Will the federal government kill the artificial pancreas? The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) is raising the alarm over FDA guidelines that could stifle the technology necessary for the development of an artificial pancreas. At issue is Low Glucose Suspend (LGS) technology, which uses blood sugar data to temporarily switch off an insulin pump when … Continue reading JDRF Says FDA Threatens Artificial Pancreas Technology