Professor John Pickup diabetes insulin pump research

KITLIVING

continued over

We wondered if the Mill Hill Infuser could

be used for delivering insulin, and in that

way mimic the control of someone who

did not have diabetes - Pickup"

The 1970s are

remembered for flares,

flower power and

fabulous hair-dos, this

decade also saw the

start of modern-day computing with

microprocessors making their debut and

personal computers being coined. Fibre

optics started to be 'a thing', along with

commercially available VCRs and video

games and someone at Sony thought we

should be walking around with music in

our pockets and sold us the Walkman.

But, lest we forget, it was in this

decade - from 1978 - that we had the

introduction of what is now called SMBG

- self monitoring of blood glucose, or as

most of us call 'em, blood tests. And that

was just before the dawn of the insulin

pen in 1981.

Already in 1974 Slama, et al, had

conducted an experiment in Paris

whereby several patients carried a pump

around on their shoulders for up to five

days while it infused insulin intravenously.

This method did produce good glycaemic

control, but it was intravenously, which

was not ideal on several fronts, and could

only be undertaken on a short-term basis.

Shortly after this, at Guy's Hospital

in London, the concept of an improved

means of delivering insulin to people with

diabetes in order to improve control came

into being. It was in the form of a wearable

insulin pump and the concept was called

CSII, or Continuous Subcutaneous

Insulin Infusion, the brainchild of Harry

Keen, Professor of Human Metabolism

at Guy's Hospital and Medical School.

Subcutaneous infusion was a far better

idea, if they could figure out how to do it.

The time was 1976.

Emeritus Professor of Diabetes and

Metabolism John Pickup has been a part

of diabetes care at Kings College London

School of Medicine for most of his career,

and also Guys Hospital London for many

years. Now semi-retired, he says, "My

little secret is that I hate much of modern

technology, everything from tweeting and

Facebook to 'unexpected item in bagging

area'. It seems rather amazing to me that

we are only just coming up to 100 years

of injecting insulin."

He's not wrong; Doctor F.G. Banting

and his assistant C.H. Best discovered

insulin during experiments conducted in

Canada in 1920. It took a while before

insulin had been safely extracted and used

to treat patients with Type 1 diabetes, ever

Emeritus Professor of

Diabetes and Metabolism,

Kings College London

School of Medicine, doctor

John Pickup.

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