Professor John Pickup diabetes insulin pump research

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few diabetics, despite the numbers who

could almost certainly benefit from it.

Pickup recalls, "In 1972 there was a 50th

anniversary meeting about the first use

of insulin. Doctor Stuart Soeldner put up

an image of his vision of an implantable

artificial pancreas. He presented it as a

concept saying that he though he would

have a viable model five years from then.

We are now nearly 50 years on from that

point and artificial insulin pumps are only

"We do not yet know how much improved

care might come from many years of

use of CSII and CGM, for example, and

that may prove very persuasive used in

combination. Also, improved 'quality of

life' is starting to be really appreciated by

the medical community - Pickup

now starting to look like a true reality."

Clearly these treatments need brave

volunteers to try them out. Then, over

time, they need proof of numbers in terms

of proving improved control, as well as

proof of concept (that they work at all, that

people will wear them and can learn how to

use them). Long-term safety and efficacy

needs to be established, and that takes

time and is costly for the companies doing

the research and development. The good

news is that there are more insulin pumps

out there than ever before, in terms of both

the number of people using them and the

numbers of insulin pumps now available.

Says Pickup, "It's people with least good

control that get put into pumps. They tend

to be prone to having hypos or have very

unpredictable control. Clearly they need

help, but a Swedish study showed that

anyone with Type 1 diabetes will live longer

if they can gain good control with the use

of CSII, so there's a provable reduction in

mortality too."

Looking ahead

In all, bearing in mind that 'making slow

progress' is a common enough phrase,

Pickup feels that, "Overall we have made

great progress over the last 40 years or

so, with the likelihood of many exciting

advances coming in the near future. We

do not yet know how much improved

care might come from many years of

use of CSII and CGM, for example, and

that may prove very persuasive used in

combination. Also, improved 'quality of

life' is starting to be really appreciated by

the medical community, consideration

being given to the greater wellbeing of

those who use infusion as a method of

insulin delivery. People on pumps seem to

be more productive, which is to say that

they can hold down their jobs without

being too troubled by their diabetes on

a day-to-day basis, and that can only be

good news."

Pickup is aware that part of the

problem with pump uptake and availability

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