High stress and sleepless nights are common among parents with diabetic children, but a new research program focused on a pediatric artificial pancreas could make that a thing of the past. Using experience gained in the development of an adult artificial pancreas, a team from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) plans to address the more challenging treatment of type 1 diabetes in children by developing a new, more complex device.
Managing type 1 diabetes requires a significant amount of attention, 24 hours a day. Food intake, blood glucose levels, and physical activity must be monitored to ensure that proper levels of insulin are administered at the right time. It can be difficult for adult patients to manage the disease, but for pediatric patients the challenge parental caregivers face increases dramatically.