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An artificial pancreas for Type 1 diabetes sufferers improves health and gives a better night's sleep.

Last Modified: 15 Jul 2013 14:03
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Type 1 diabetes is a potentially life threatening condition caused when the pancreas does not produce insulin, a hormone which helps the body absorb glucose.

Diabetics must check their blood sugar levels frequently, and administer insulin to keep the levels within a target range. But when people are asleep, levels can go unmonitored, putting them at risk of slipping into a coma and dying.

Scientists from the University of Cambridge have developed an 'artificial pancreas' which automatically measures diabetics’ blood sugar levels and supplies the required levels of insulin as they sleep.

Gelareh Darabi travels to Colchester in the UK to meet Kyle Farhadian, one of the first youngsters in the world to trial the new device in his home at night.

We find out from Kyle what it is like to live with the disease and catch up with him at the end of the three week trial to find out how the artificial pancreas has changed his life.

 

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