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Bionic Pancreas - nearly here?

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by ElyDave, Aug 31, 2014.

  1. ElyDave

    ElyDave Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-28810813

    Looks like a step further than the trials of closed loop CGM/pump combinations they've trialled at addenbrookes.

    Needs a bit of miniaturisation though.

    Seems a bit odd when you think about it how much technology goes into atrificial limbs of all kinds and the complex biomechanics involved, to think that the artificial pancreas is still "almost there".
     
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    noblehead Type 1 · Guru
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    The future has never looked so promising :)
     
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    I can see the addition of glucagon being beneficial to reverse hypos quickly but is it worth it for putting in an extra cannula? A low glucose suspend feature which is available on newer Medtronic pumps achieves a similar result, although suspension of insulin probably takes longer to restore normal glucose levels than infusion of glucagon. I think I'd rather have just the one cannula and slower hypo recovery if there was a choice.

    Either way, it's really good to see a number of new solutions coming forwards for a working artificial pancreas.
     
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    Seriously_Sax1989 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Although this is a huge step in the right direction, I just don't think I'd want to wear it as it looks so big!
     
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    Robinredbreast Type 1 · Oracle

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    We are somehow going to have to miniaturise it, ;) but wouldn't it be wonderful if it really came through :happy:
     
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    Seriously_Sax1989 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    It would be awesome! Being on injections for so long what a great relief not having to inject! Although I've got used to injecting so it's just the norm... Next stop will be an actual artificial pancreas with a bit of luck!
     
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    Jaylee Type 1 · Moderator
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    So, basically an insulin pump and a separate glucagon pump to counteract lows... Creating a sort of "smart insulin" regime?

    This reminds me of the treatment used for kidney disease patients with dangerously high blood potasium levels used to bring it back under control...
     
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    smcc Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Sounds a good idea but will require miniaturisation++++++. I hate to think how I would manage to work out in the gym or even carry out work in the garden while wearing all that paraphernalia.
     
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    Robinredbreast Type 1 · Oracle

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    Anyone remember the 1966 Sci fi film Fantastic voyage, with Donald Pleasance and Raquel Welch ?
     
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    Omnipod Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    id rather stick to MDI or my pod. I couldnt imagine all that tubing and having 2 devices attached could make your life easier! As it is, wearing a medtronic pump that was half the size was an absolute nightmare for me. Thank god for Omnipod. all i need now is the new freestyle libre where I dont have to carry out finger prick blood tests.
     
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    Jaylee Type 1 · Moderator
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    Yep, there's talk of a "reboot" of this film with James Cameron...?
    The 1987 film Innerspace was a similar concept...

    Where are we heading with this... "Nanotechnology"??? ;)
     
  12. Jaylee

    Jaylee Type 1 · Moderator
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    I'd have to agree with you... If one of those two cannulas or tubes went AWOL? You'd end up either going hypo or DKA..
    Just risk assessing...!
     
  13. Hooked

    Hooked · Guest

    Yes, but remember the first insulin pumps they were working on filled a back pack. ;)
     
  14. AlexMBrennan

    AlexMBrennan Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I dunno, but I doubt that the scientists working on it are just gluing random parts together.

    You face the exact sme problem with a regular pump.
     
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    There will be an interview tonight on Radio 4 with the man behind BiAP. Look for Life Scientific.
     
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