Building a Better Pancreas

Alexandria, Virginia
February 27, 2014

For people living with type 1 diabetes, the artificial pancreas is something of a holy grail—a device that would marry an insulin pump with a continuous glucose monitor to provide excellent blood glucose control with minimum effort. The March issue of Diabetes Forecast, the Healthy Living Magazine from the American Diabetes Association, illustrates how researchers are putting artificial-pancreas prototypes into real-world settings, bringing this important technology closer to reality.

Building a Better Pancreas profiles some of the scientists and study participants behind efforts to experiment with the artificial, or “bionic,” pancreas in settings beyond a hospital, such as diabetes camps. So far, subjects have tested the prototypes for portability and user-friendliness and have safely relied on them for up to five days at a time. An FDA-approved artificial pancreas wouldn’t be a cure, but it may be the next best thing, which inspires much hope in people who depend on insulin to survive.

Also in the March 2014 issue of Diabetes Forecast:

  • How one man fends off type 2 diabetes amid life with the Big Apple Circus.
  • 6 tips from the nutrition experts on eating well with diabetes.
  • Does “brittle diabetes” exist—or is it a consequence of improper treatment?
  • Twice-as-nice recipes that give leftovers a good name.
  • Profiling Gina Gavlak, a registered nurse with type 1 diabetes and longtime diabetes advocate.

Diabetes Forecast has been America’s leading diabetes magazine for more than 60 years, offering the latest news on diabetes research and treatment to provide information, inspiration and support to people with diabetes.

About the American Diabetes Association

Nearly half of American adults have diabetes or prediabetes; more than 30 million adults and children have diabetes; and every 21 seconds, another individual is diagnosed with diabetes in the U.S. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization whose mission is to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The ADA drives discovery by funding research to treat, manage and prevent all types of diabetes, as well as to search for cures; raises voice to the urgency of the diabetes epidemic; and works to safeguard policies and programs that protect people with diabetes. In addition, the ADA supports people living with diabetes, those at risk of developing diabetes, and the health care professionals who serve them through information and programs that can improve health outcomes and quality of life. For more information, please call the ADA at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit diabetes.org. Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish. Find us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn)