Diabetes: new management system for children
Researchers at theJuvenile Diabetes Research Foundation have reported in The Lancet that they have trialled a new automated diabetesmanagement system that reduces the risk of hypos and maintains healthy glucoselevel.
Their system was fitted to children with type 1 diabetes who were kept overnight in hospital for monitoring. It combines a widely available insulin pump and continuous glucose monitor with a computer program that calculates the appropriate amount of insulin required in different circumstances.
Their report says that the results of their trial showed that children using the system spent twice as much time in a healthy blood sugar range and were less likely to have dangerous blood glucose fluctuations.
The JDRF says that the new system will be moved into wider clinical testing in the home environment.
Published: 01 Mar 2010