Take the Diabetes Health Pump Survey
See What's Inside
Read this FREE issue now
For healthcare professionals only
  • 12 Tips for Traveling With Diabetes
See the entire table of contents here!

You can view the current or previous issues of Diabetes Health online, in their entirety, anytime you want.
Click Here To View

See if you qualify for our free healthcare professional magazines. Click here to start your application for Pre-Diabetes Health, Diabetes Health Pharmacist and Diabetes Health Professional.

Learn More About the Professional Subscription

Free Diabetes Health e-Newsletter
Latest
Popular
Top Rated
Pregnancy Archives
Print | Email | Share | Comments (0)

“Artificial Pancreas” Helps Pregnant Mothers With Diabetes


Feb 9, 2011

It's hard enough to be pregnant, but pregnancy with diabetes is especially challenging because it's so difficult to keep blood sugar within a normal range at a time when hormones are surging. All women try their best with the tools that they have, but even so, about half of all babies born to mothers with type 1 diabetes are overweight or obese at birth because of too much sugar in their mothers' blood. Mothers with high blood glucose levels also increase their child's risk of congenital malformation, stillbirth, neonatal death, preterm delivery, and neonatal admission.

A small study out of the Medical Research Laboratories in Cambridge, England, has found that an artificial pancreas might help such mothers. The study monitored 10 women with type 1 diabetes over a 24-hour period during early (12-16 weeks) and late (28-32 weeks) gestation. During the short study, the researchers fitted the women with an insulin pump and a continuous glucose monitor. Every 15 minutes, the CGM data were fed into a computer, which analyzed the data according to an algorithm. Then, apparently, a nurse adjusted the pump infusion rate as directed by the computer.  

The researchers, led by Dr. Helen Murphy of Cambridge, found that their version of an artificial pancreas worked well, keeping plasma glucose within target 84 percent of the time in early pregnancy and 100 percent of the time in late pregnancy. They hope to see larger studies performed in the future.

***

Sources:

BBC News

Diabetes Care

 


Categories: Artificial Pancreas, Blood Glucose, Blood Sugar, Diabetes, Diabetes, Insulin, Insulin Pumps, Pregnancy, Type 1 Issues, Women's Issues



You May Also Be Interested In...


Click Here To View Or Post Comments

Comments 0 comments - Feb 9, 2011

©1991-2014 Diabetes Health | Home | Privacy | Press | Advertising | Help | Contact Us | Donate | Sitemap

Diabetes Health Medical Disclaimer

The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images, and information, contained on or available through this website is for general information purposes only. Opinions expressed here are the opinions of writers, contributors, and commentators, and are not necessarily those of Diabetes Health. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website.