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Artificial Pancreas System Controls Blood Glucose Levels Better Than Current Technology

By U.S. National Institutes of Health

October 21, 2019

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A study funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health detailed the clinical trial of an artificial pancreas system that automatically monitors and regulates blood glucose levels.

The Control-IQ technology is more effective than current techniques at regulating blood glucose levels in persons with type 1 diabetes throughout the day and overnight.

The closed-loop control device tracks blood glucose via a continuous glucose monitor, and automatically dispatches insulin when needed.

Control-IQ is based on a system invented at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville (UVA), with an insulin pump programmed with sophisticated control algorithms based on a mathematical model that uses glucose monitoring data to automatically adjust dosage.

UVA's Boris Kovatchev said, "There is a special safety module dedicated to prevention of hypoglycemia, and there is gradually intensified control overnight to achieve near-normal blood sugar levels every morning."

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