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An Overview of Insulin Pumps and Glucose Sensors for the Generalist

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Fellow in Endocrinology, University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Columbia, SC 29203, USA
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Medicine and Director, Endocrinology Division, University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Two Medical Park, Suite 502, Columbia, SC 29203, USA
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Academic Editor: Paul Huang
J. Clin. Med. 2016, 5(1), 5; https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm5010005
Received: 25 October 2015 / Revised: 16 December 2015 / Accepted: 24 December 2015 / Published: 4 January 2016
Continuous subcutaneous insulin, or the insulin pump, has gained popularity and sophistication as a near-physiologic programmable method of insulin delivery that is flexible and lifestyle-friendly. The introduction of continuous monitoring with glucose sensors provides unprecedented access to, and prediction of, a patient’s blood glucose levels. Efforts are underway to integrate the two technologies, from “sensor-augmented” and “sensor-driven” pumps to a fully-automated and independent sensing-and-delivery system. Implantable pumps and an early-phase “bionic pancreas” are also in active development. Fine-tuned “pancreas replacement” promises to be one of the many avenues that offers hope for individuals suffering from diabetes. Although endocrinologists and diabetes specialists will continue to maintain expertise in this field, it behooves the primary care physician to have a working knowledge of insulin pumps and sensors to ensure optimal clinical care and decision-making for their patients. View Full-Text
Keywords: diabetes; insulin pump; pancreas; glucose sensor; monitoring diabetes; insulin pump; pancreas; glucose sensor; monitoring
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McAdams, B.H.; Rizvi, A.A. An Overview of Insulin Pumps and Glucose Sensors for the Generalist. J. Clin. Med. 2016, 5, 5. https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm5010005

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McAdams, Brooke H., and Ali A. Rizvi 2016. "An Overview of Insulin Pumps and Glucose Sensors for the Generalist" Journal of Clinical Medicine 5, no. 1: 5. https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm5010005

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