JDRF, Artificial Pancreas
Based in Gardena, California, DV Medical Supply provides prompt and cost effective medical and surgical supplies to health providers. Playing a part in disease research, DV Medical Supply supports Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).
For patients with type 1 diabetes (T1D), managing the disease is difficult because their bodies defy all efforts to maintain normal levels of blood sugar.
Today, researchers are working hard to develop Artificial Pancreas (AP) systems that automate blood sugar control, reducing the risks associated with T1D while improving the lives of patients. These AP systems will track the body’s glucose levels round the clock, automatically providing the right doses of insulin and other essential blood sugar hormones when necessary.
In 2006, JDRF established the Artificial Pancreas Project to support advancements in AP technology, insulin pumps, and round-the-clock glucose monitors.
Thanks in part to JDRF’s efforts, AP systems monitoring blood glucose and automatically restricting insulin delivery to prevent low blood sugar are manufactured for the mass market. Early AP systems that predict blood sugar trends are also set to hit the market in the near future.