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RE: [IP] Medtronic 670G announced: "Artificial Pancreas"



There are other hormones produced by the pancreas. Would they have to be
produced by an Artificial Pancreas?

What hormones does the pancreas produce?
The most important hormone that the pancreas produces is insulin. Insulin is
released by the beta cells in the islets of Langerhans in response to
food. Its role is to lower glucose levels in the bloodstream and promote the
storage of glucose in fat, muscle, liver and other body tissues.
Alpha cells in the islets of Langerhans produce another important hormone,
glucagon. This has the opposite effect to insulin, by helping release energy
into the bloodstream from where it is stored, thus raising blood sugar
levels. Therefore, glucagon and insulin work in tandem to control the
balance of glucose in the bloodstream. 
Other hormones produced by the pancreas include pancreatic polypeptide and
somatostatin. They are believed to play a part in regulating and fine-tuning
the insulin and glucagon-producing cells. 

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Sent: Thursday, September 29, 2016 4:27 AM
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Subject: [IP] Medtronic 670G announced: "Artificial Pancreas"

My only comment about the "artificial pancreas" is that it solves only half
the problem: Where is the glucagon? Isn't glucagon also needed to make a
device that can truly be called an artificial pancreas ?
This is the link to the article in Bloomberg news:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-09-28/artificial-pancreas-approv
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d-by-fda-is-first-such-device-in-u-s

Bob
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