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To Vida - RE: [IPk] Re: ip-uk-digest V2 #959

Dear Vida,

Medtronic has had an implantable insulin pump on the market in Europe for a 
few years and right now in the US a long-term clinical trial of a system 
that links the implantable pump with an implantable glucose sensor is going 
on. http://www.insulinfree.org/external/mm.htm has some basic information 
about the trial.

The doctor in Iran got some details wrong. The implantable pump + 
implantable glucose sensor system is only experimental right now. Maybe in a 
few years it will become available in some places, to some people. Chances 
are that it will be offered to patients who have bad results even with a 
regular insulin pump. The costs are high and the therapy is actually not 
totally automatic: the user and the doctor must check to make sure the 
system is working properly on a regular basis, and, just like with 
injections or a regular insulin pump, sometimes it is necessary to adjust 
insulin dosage amounts.

Controlling diabetes is hard work, no matter what kind of regimen one is on. 
The implantable pump is definitely a great advance but it is not a cure for 

All best wishes,

Type 1 11+ years; MiniMed pumper 7.5 years; Animas pumper 1 year 2 months

----Original Message Follows----
From: vida nooshinfar <email @ redacted>
Reply-To: email @ redacted
To: email @ redacted
Subject: [IPk] Re: ip-uk-digest V2 #959
Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2005 10:21:43 -0800 (PST)

Hi all dear friends,
Is there any pump so called intelligent? Have you ever
heard about such a thing? A doctor in Iran has told us
that medtronic has produced a kind of fully automated
pump which doesn't need any manual control and acts
just like an imitating pancreas. He believes it must
be some $8,000 or so and each month it may need some
$400 equipment. If there exists such a thing please
let me know. I've checked the med. site but found
nothing in this concern.
Wishing to hear good news about diabetes,
Vida, living in Iran, mom to Sepanta, 9 years old,
diagnosed as type 1 in 2001 and is on 2 to 3 times
injection by autoject per day, also mom to Sepehr, 15
years old and wife to Aman.
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