Who needs an artificial pancreas? (?)

J Diabetes. 2013 Sep;5(3):254-7. doi: 10.1111/1753-0407.12052. Epub 2013 May 29.


The development of a closed-loop "artificial pancreas" would be a welcome advance for both endocrinologists and diabetic patients struggling to attain near normal glycemic control. While great strides in automatically controlling blood sugar in the fasting, sedentary state have been made through complex mathematical modeling, management of blood sugar excursions due to food and exercise have been more problematic. An artificial pancreas is not feasible at this time because of limitations inherent in the currently available technology.

Keywords: artificial pancreas; closed loop system; diabetes management; insulin delivery; 人工胰腺,闭环系统,糖尿病治疗,胰岛素给药装置.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Blood Glucose Self-Monitoring
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1 / drug therapy*
  • Humans
  • Hypoglycemic Agents / administration & dosage
  • Hypoglycemic Agents / therapeutic use
  • Infusion Pumps, Implantable
  • Insulin / administration & dosage
  • Insulin / therapeutic use*
  • Insulin Infusion Systems
  • Pancreas, Artificial*


  • Hypoglycemic Agents
  • Insulin