Type 1 Diabetes: “Artificial Pancreas” Lowers A1C


Adults with type 1 diabetes[1] who used the Medtronic MiniMed 670G achieved lower A1C levels[2] and had generally positive experience with the technology, according to new research[3] presented at the American Association of Diabetes Educators[4] annual meeting.

Approved in 2016[5], the MiniMed 670G is a hybrid closed-loop system, also known as an “artificial pancreas,” that automatically monitors blood sugar levels and provides appropriate basal doses of insulin with little or no input from the user.

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Thirty-three adults with type 1 diabetes completed satisfaction surveys after at least 3 months of using the MiniMed 670G and had their A1C levels (a measure of glucose control over the previous 2–3 months) measured quarterly for a year. At 6 months, the average A1C levels in the group had fallen by 0.9% compared to the start of the study, and users reported an average satisfaction score (on a range of 1–5) of 3.79. Participants also saw an increase in the time they spent in target blood glucose range.

“There is a huge push to improve glycemic control and decrease the burden of diabetes management with automated insulin delivery,” noted Lisa T. Meade, PharmD, CDE[7], in an interview with Endocrine Today.

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Diane Fennell[11]

Diane Fennell

Senior Digital Editor for DiabetesSelfManagement.com, Fennell has 16 years’ experience specializing in diabetes and related health conditions. Based in New York City, she has a degree from Columbia University.

(MiniMed 670G Insulin Pump System. Image courtesy of Medtronic.)

  1. type 1 diabetes: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/diabetes-resources/definitions/type-1-diabetes/
  2. A1C levels: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/managing-diabetes/blood-glucose-management/h-b-a-1-c/
  3. new research: https://www.healio.com/endocrinology/diabetes/news/online/%7Bc60b69bd-96a9-44a3-b15b-921ae2c870f3%7D/hybrid-closed-loop-insulin-system-well-tolerated-effective-for-lowering-hba1c
  4. American Association of Diabetes Educators: https://www.diabeteseducator.org/
  5. Approved in 2016: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/blog/artificial-pancreas-type-1-diabetes-receives-fda-approval/
  6. sign up for our free newsletter: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/newsletter/
  7. noted Lisa T. Meade, PharmD, CDE: https://www.healio.com/endocrinology/diabetes/news/online/%7Bc60b69bd-96a9-44a3-b15b-921ae2c870f3%7D/hybrid-closed-loop-insulin-system-well-tolerated-effective-for-lowering-hba1c
  8. “Type 1 Diabetes Questions and Answers,”: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/about-diabetes/types-of-diabetes/type-1-diabetes-questions-and-answers/
  9. “Six Type 1 Diabetes Symptoms You Need to Know”: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/about-diabetes/types-of-diabetes/six-type-1-diabetes-symptoms-you-need-to-know/
  10. type 1 diabetes videos: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/type-1-diabetes-videos/
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Diane Fennell: Diane Fennell has been an editor at Diabetes Self-Management magazine since 2003. She is currently the Editorial Director. (Diane Fennell is not a medical professional.)

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