Artificial pancreas project eases burden of diabetes

Posted by Amy Kelch - email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Thousands of Kentuckians battle juvenile diabetes every day, and they will continue to battle until there's a cure. Meanwhile, many medical advancements make it less stressful to deal with the disease.

One of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundations's leading researchers came to Louisville on November 16 to describe how an artificial pancreas project could take away the strain of constantly checking blood sugar levels.

"It's a burden," said JDRF researcher Dr. Aaron Kowalski, "for the parents or the spouse, and one of the things that's really exciting about the artificial pancreas is not only may it help glucose levels, it will probably just ease the burden and help on improving the quality of life for folks."

Some trial patients are already using an artificial pancreas.

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