Medtronic created an artificial pancreas

According to statistics, over 300 million people, or about 3% of the world's inhabitants, suffer from diabetes. Diabetes is caused by dysfunction of the pancreas, which produces the hormone insulin, which regulates blood sugar levels. To determine it, most patients use glucometers.

The well-known manufacturer of medical equipment Medtronic (USA) has begun mass production of the MiniMed 530G device with an Enlite sensor. Experts not without reason call it an "artificial pancreas" because it performs two functions simultaneously - it determines the level of glucose in the blood and, if necessary, injects insulin.

The device itself is attached to the belt, and the Enlite meter is attached to the skin of the abdomen. Every 5 minutes the gadget detects the glucose level and if it is above the norm, then the introduction of a certain amount of insulin starts automatically. At normalization, the drug delivery stops. All changes Medtronic MiniMed 530G immediately informs its owner.

The device is still far from perfect, as evidenced by the fairly frequent false positives. In order for the "artificial pancreas" to fully correspond to its name, its creators need to significantly increase the accuracy of the measurements.