The way medicine is advancing day by day is stunning especially when it comes to replacing the job of organs. You have devices that can regulate the rhythm of your heart or artificially cleanse your blood and now potentially a gadget to replace the pancreas. Why is the pancreas so important? Well, if you are a diabetes sufferer you may be aware that the pancreas plays a huge role in the problems caused by this illness. Diabetes is related to the creation of insulin which comes from the pancreas. Essentially, in diabetes either the pancreas creates insulin which the body cannot use or it does not create enough insulin. Either of these eventualities can cause serious life threatening issues and require medicine to control.
So, the pancreas is vital and really needs to be in good working order. It is possible to have a transplanted pancreas if yours is severely damaged. This is, however, a very problematic transplant and tends only to be performed on those with serious type 1 diabetes. So what if you can’t get a transplant? Well, there is now a clever medical gadget known as the Medtronic Smart Pump. Now this is not an artificial pancreas although it is the first steps in perhaps one day creating such a device. Essentially what this is, is a monitor that can keep track of your insulin levels while you sleep. It can also medicate you as you sleep to avoid dangerous diabetes related complications.
While you are awake you can perform tests on your own blood to check your levels. However, if you are asleep and your insulin levels become dangerous you could potentially slip into a coma and even die. This is why the Medtronic is a really cool gadget to save the lives of diabetes sufferers. It is the potentially the future of getting a grip on this disease and saving thousands of lives.