Diabetes is a very common disease in America—in fact, based on 2014 statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 10-percent of the population has this condition that inhibits insulin production that’s vital in the processing of blood sugars. Luckily, much advancement has been made over the years to improve the quality of life (and save lives) of those with the disease.
While major breakthroughs were made close to a century ago, there have been several recent discoveries that should give patients and medical professionals a brighter outlook. Let’s take a look at seven of these breakthroughs in research for American Diabetes Month in November…
1. Automated Insulin Delivery
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced in September 2016 that the first device had been approved to automatically monitor blood glucose levels (rather than the need to administer self-testing) and deliver the right amount of insulin.
This “hybrid close looped system”—Medtronic’s MiniMed 670G—is aimed at patients with Type 1 Diabetes (juvenile diabetes) that are 14-years of age of older. The closed loop system is also being referred to as an artificial pancreas, and will require “little or no input from the user”. While the device was approved by the FDA, there’s ongoing research how it can help those in younger age brackets.