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diabetes for almost 40 years. When you

do the maths, 10 per week means I may

have had 20,000 hypos in my lifetime.

That's more than many people have had

hot dinners. It highlights the challenge

that this life-long condition represents.

Worrying about hypos - let alone actually

having one - is a daily stress for anyone

with this condition. JDRF's progress on

the artificial pancreas means a lot to me."

Sky News presenter Stephen Dixon,

who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes

when he was 17, said: "I've always

refused to let Type 1 diabetes hold

me back. But minimising hypos does

take considerable effort. I always carry

Glucogel or a snack around with me in

case I feel the symptoms of a hypo come

on - which has happened when I've

been on air. The artificial pancreas is very

exciting technology. I look forward to the

time when I can use one myself as part of

day-to-day life."

Dr Roman Hovorka from the University

of Cambridge is leading the UK effort to

develop an effective artificial pancreas. As

principal researcher on the trial, he said:

"The study is an important stepping stone

for the wider use of an artificial pancreas.

We have shown that overnight home use

is feasible and beneficial - allowing people

to live their life more freely. The artificial

pancreas is expected to transform the

treatment of type 1 diabetes and we

have proven that this promise holds. The

success of this trial means that larger and

longer studies are already in the pipeline."

Karen Addington, is UK Chief

Executive of JDRF, the type 1 diabetes

charity which funded Dr Hovorka's

study. She said: "Type 1 diabetes is a

challenging and complex condition that

requires constant management every day.

At JDRF we remain focused on improving

lives until we find the cure. Hypos are what

people living with type 1 diabetes hate

most. Ten hypos a week is a shockingly

high figure, demonstrating just how much

we need the artificial pancreas to become

an accessible reality. Thankfully, the results

of this latest artificial pancreas study are

really exciting."

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