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Insulin Pump with Glucose Monitor

An insulin pump with a continuous glucose monitoring system has recently gotten regulatory approval, according to the device maker Medtronic Inc.

An insulin pump is a small battery-operated device used by some people with diabetes to deliver insulin. It could be worn over a belt or put in a pocket.

Called the Minimed Paradigm Real Time System, the new device relays blood sugar readings every five minutes from a glucose sensor to the insulin pump.The sensor then sounds an alarm or vibrates when blood sugar levels are too low or too high. It also makes a recommendation on how much insulin to take if the blood sugar reading is too high.

The patient may double check the reading with a finger prick test before administering the insulin. Medtronic says the new device could help patients take immediate action to maintain healthy blood sugar levels to help delay or prevent diabetes-related complications.

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