Bennet has been lobbying the FDA since 2011 to approve the “artificial pancreas” and in 2012 he met with researchers and patients at Anschutz to bolster those efforts
“This one is potentially the real deal,” said Dr. Tom Donner, director of the diabetes center at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. “It’s like making a new pancreas that makes all the hormones” needed to control blood sugar.
The device improved blood-sugar control more than standard monitors and insulin pumps did when tested for five days on 20 adults and 32 teens. Unlike other artificial pancreases in development that just correct high blood sugar, this one also can fix too-low sugar, mimicking what a natural pancreas does.
In new report released Tuesday, federal scientists calculated that more than 9 percent of Americans have diabetes — or 1 in 11 people. The report estimates that about a quarter of them haven’t been diagnosed yet and don’t know they have diabetes.