06 Dec '17, 12pm

Woman Gets Diabetes, Builds Own Pancreas

So I’m no expert, but you can buy CGM’s (continuous glucose monitors) that talk to insulin pumps to provide information for when you blood sugar is high, and thus insulin, and my understanding is that those same systems can alert you when you are low, and notify caregivers as well (since most pumps don’t have the capacity to hit you with a sugar solution to bring you back up… though some were in development I’ve heard nothing about FDA approval for them) That was the whole point of CGM’s to start with… The linked article says it makes updates every 5 minutes…. again I’m no expert but my understanding is that the interstitial tissue sugar content (where the CGM plugs (stabs really, it’s a needle) in) can lag behind actual blood sugar by something like 30 minutes, which is where a large portion of the artificial pancreas come into play… we don’t have a good way to measure bl...

Full article: https://hackaday.com/2017/12/06/woman-gets-diabetes-build...

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