Petersburg woman to get artificial pancreas

Petersburg woman to get artificial pancreas

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A southern Indiana woman will be the first in the U-S to get a device dubbed an artificial pancreas for people with diabetes.

Fran Lewis of Petersburg learned last month she was to get the small device which looks like a pager.

It was approved just last month by the U-S Food and Drug Administration.

The mechanism relies on a computer algorithm which syncs the results of a continuous reading of the wearer’s glucose levels with a pump that provides appropriate amounts of insulin.

Lewis says the new pump will allow her to enjoy life more and worry less about her ever changing blood sugar levels.