Research efforts to develop artificial pancreas to allow diabetics to have greater control over their blood sugar levels is proceeding apace.
"We have pioneered the development of a closed-loop artificial pancreas because we believe it will significantly impact the lives of individuals with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, by providing exquisite control of blood sugar," said Dr. Richard A. Insel, executive vice president for research at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).
This technology is viewed as a temporary solution, while researchers are still hunting for a biological solution for diabetes.
Aaron Kowalski, research director of the JDRF's Artificial Pancreas Project, said as much, "This will help keep people healthy while we drive toward a biological approach, which will take longer."
The advances in this technology were detailed in a symposium co-sponsored by the American Diabetes Association and the JDRF at the ADA annual meeting on Sunday.