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Artificial pancreas helps control type I diabetes during pregnancy

It is the first time the agency, which combines a continuous glucose monitor with an insulin pump, is used in pregnant women

 
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Artificial pancreas promises to reduce the number of deaths and abnormalities in pregnancies of women with diabetes type I. This is the conclusion of a study conducted by Institute of Diabetes UK.

Pregnancy is an additional risk for women with diabetes. Hormonal changes make it difficult to maintain blood glucose levels within a range of security, especially at night.

As a result of high levels of glucose in the blood, babies of women with diabetes are five times more likely to die before birth, three times more likely to die within their first months of life and twice as likely to have a significant deformity.

Hypoglycaemia (low blood glucose) during pregnancy is a major cause of maternal mortality. Two in every three mothers with pre-existing diabetes have Type I diabetes

The study, led by Dr. Helen Murphy of Cambridge University, evaluated the performance of an artificial pancreas or closed-loop system for insulin delivery in ten pregnant women with diabetes type I.

The researchers found that the device was capable of automatically providing the right amount of insulin at the right time, to maintain near normal levels of blood glucose and, in turn, to avoid both hypoglycemia in early pregnancy, and late.

artificial pancreas in pregnancy

The artificial pancreas has been created by combining a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) with an insulin pump, which are already used separately for many people with diabetes type I.

Previous studies have shown better control of blood glucose and reduction in nighttime hypoglycemia with the use of an artificial pancreas in children with type I diabetes, but this is the first time the device was successfully used in pregnant women with the disease.

Results

"For women with type I diabetes self-management is particularly challenging during pregnancy due to hormonal and physiological changes. Previous studies indicate that pregnant women with the condition spend an average of ten hours per day with glucose levels off levels recommended, "said Murphy.

"These high levels of glucose in the blood increase the risk of congenital malformations, stillbirth, neonatal death, premature delivery and neonatal macrosomia (very large babies.) So, to discover that an artificial pancreas may help maintain glucose levels close to normal these women is very promising, "he added.

Iain Frame, director of research at Diabetes UK, said: "Initially, this discovery has enormous potential to make pregnancy safer for women with type I diabetes and their babies."

"It's a fantastic example of how existing technologies, in this case, insulin pumps and monitoring, can be adapted and developed to benefit people with diabetes. Now we see an extension of this study, which tests a larger number of women, and then take him to the hospital and home environment. "

Source: Isaude.net
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