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Metal pancreas could benefit diabetes sufferers

Published on 17/09/2010
People on a healthcare plan to treat diabetes could benefit from a new artificial pancreas that is currently in development.

Diabetes sufferers have an insufficient supply of insulin, which is supplied by the pancreas, and consequently cannot properly regulate glucose levels.

The artificial pancreas, which is currently undergoing pre-clinical trials, is made of a metal casing containing a supply of insulin which is kept in place by a gel barrier, invented by Professor Joan Taylor from De Montfort University.

When glucose levels in the body rise, the gel barrier starts to liquefy and lets insulin out.

The gel hardens again once glucose levels in the body have been lowered to a suitable extent.

"When exposed to the body fluid around the internal organs, the gel reacts according to the amount of glucose present," said Professor Taylor.

"The device will not only remove the need to manually inject insulin, but will also ensure that perfect doses are administrated each and every time."

There are 2.6 million people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK while it is estimated that over 500,000 people have the condition but do not realise it.
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