Artificial pancreas therapy performs well in pilot study

Researchers are reporting a breakthrough toward developing an artificial pancreas as a treatment for diabetes and other conditions by combining mechanical artificial pancreas technology with transplantation of islet cells, which produce insulin.

In a study of 14 patients with pancreatitis who underwent standard surgery and auto-islet transplantation treatments, a closed-loop insulin pump, which relies on a continuous cycle of feedback information related to blood measurements, was better than multiple daily insulin injections for maintaining normal blood glucose levels.

"Use of the mechanical in patients after islet transplantation may help the to survive longer and produce more insulin for longer," said Dr. Gregory Forlenza, lead author of the American Journal of Transplantation study. "It is our hope that combining these technologies will aid a wide spectrum of patients, including patients with diabetes, in the future."


Explore further

Researchers find potential source of insulin-producing cells in adult human pancreas

More information: American Journal of Transplantation, dx.doi.org/10.1111/ajt.13539
Provided by Wiley
Citation: Artificial pancreas therapy performs well in pilot study (2015, November 20) retrieved 20 November 2019 from https://medicalxpress.com/news/2015-11-artificial-pancreas-therapy.html
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
33 shares

Feedback to editors

User comments