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There's an App for that: Diabetes

There’s an App for that: If #diabetics are to keep their blood-sugar levels in a healthy range, they must rely not only on visits to the doctor, but also on careful daily management of their medicine, meals and exercise. For years, this stressful regime included regular self-administered blood-sugar tests and similarly self-administered insulin injections. Now these things can be automated.

Two doctors have created an #app, housed in an #iPhone, which receives data every five minutes from a #glucose monitor implanted in a patient’s body. The app analyses these data, plus the patient’s weight (a good proxy for his blood volume), and draws appropriate conclusions. The phone then transmits the app’s instructions to two implanted pumps. One of them delivers #insulin, to lower blood sugar. The other delivers #glucagon, which helps raise it. No more finger pricking.

In 2012, 29.1 million Americans (compared to 25.8 million in 2010), or 9.3% of the population, had #diabetes. Of the 29.1 million, 21.0 million were diagnosed, and 8.1 million were undiagnosed. #NOTV

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