The Artificial Pancreas: Are You Ready To Trust It?
One of the biggest, if not the biggest issue concerning the type 1 diabetes field currently is the artificial pancreas that the JDRF wants to introduce in the US, but is facing roadblocks from the FDA. Most people are aware of the happenings, but this recent article on CNN provides a good overview of where we are in the process.
From the article:
The FDA is expected to release new guidance for future generations of the artificial pancreas systems on December 1.
Many people are urging the FDA to approve the artificial pancreas, which some are calling a cure for type 1 diabetes.
We have a survey over at the JDCA website that asks for your opinion about the AP.
From a personal standpoint, however, I am very interested to find out how much people are ready to trust such an artificial system? Many tests have been done to ensure the efficiency of the system, but at the end of the day we will have to be entrusting our lives to a robotic system.
One one hand, getting over a fear and having courage is important to progress and live a more comfortable life, such as what the AP may have the potential to provide. Yet on the other, how many times have we heard that a machine is 99% accurate, only for it to malfunction or not work that well? I have certainly seen it happen more than once.
So are you ready to live with an artificial pancreas? Do you think the majority of diabetics will be ready to accept it as a cure? How practical will efforts be to distribute it to a large part of the population in the U.S. and abroad? (though the U.S. is actually behind Europe in this regard)
Is the AP really the “holy grail,” as the article claims?