Diabetes affects millions of people around the world. Most people use medicines and regular blood sugar tests to help control this affliction.
This problem gets even more aggravated in patients who’s bodies have are too far gone for basic treatment to be effective.
So when Andrew Calabrese, suffering from Type 1 diabetes lost his pancreas at a tender age of 3, his parents knew they had to find a different way of helping him cope.
Towards this goal, Andrew’s father Jason, a software engineer, decided to create a system that would help regulate the insulin level in his son’s body.
What he created was an artificial pancreas, built upon the Open Artificial Pancreas System (OpenAPS), which is an open source platform that provided tools and templates for the creation such such diabetic devices.
It was developed by Dana Lewis, a Type 1 Diabetic herself, in December 2014 and has helped dozens of families create their own personal pancreas since then.
Even though none of these devices are FDA approved, they still give users an easy option for monitoring and regulating their blood insulin levels with minimal supervision.
Since it’s a DIY system, the development of such devices and their software takes a lot of time and expertise. It may not be the most stable or best option for diabetic treatment, but still, it’s a way of giving hope of a normal life to regular people.