Home > Medical > Diabetes > News 27 January 2014 Artificial pancreas to replace insulin injections Human tests of an artificial pancreas are set to begin in 2016 and the first implants could take place within a decade. 0 iStock Quiz Assess your diabetes risk » Ask Diabetes expert » Check Glycaemic index tool » Quiz Am I eating right for my diabetes? » 'Let it go' - a diabetic parody of Frozen's theme song A snapshot of diabetes in SA Human tests of an artificial pancreas are set to begin in 2016 and the first implants could take place within a decade, according to British scientists. They said the wristwatch-sized device is surgically implanted in the abdomen and releases insulin into the bloodstream, and could make insulin injections a thing of the past for people with diabetes, Britain's Daily Mail reported.The insulin supply in the first-of-a-kind implant is controlled by a gel barrier. When a user's blood sugar levels rise, the gel liquefies and releases the insulin. When sugar levels drop, the gel hardens again. Insulin is added to the device's reservoir every two weeks.Next best thingThe device is the next best thing to a cure for diabetes because patients no longer have to manage the condition themselves, according to the development team at De Montfort University in Leicester."The device will not only remove the need to manually inject insulin, but will also ensure that perfect doses are administrated each and every time," said Joan Taylor, professor of pharmacy, the Daily Mail reported. "By controlling blood glucose so effectively, we should be able to help reduce related health problems."The researchers said the implant could help all people with type 1 diabetes and those with type 2 diabetes who require insulin injections."This device is cheap and simple to use," Taylor said. "It has the potential to bring an end to the misery of daily injections for diabetics."Read more:• Artificial pancreas continues to show promise• FDA: development of artificial pancreas• Artificial pancreas just a few years away Copyright © 2014 HealthDay. All rights reserved. More in Medical New test makes diabetes diagnosis cheaper and faster More: DiabetesNews advertisement Get a quote Momentum - save up to 35% on healthcare advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Add your comment Thank you, your comment has been submitted. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Medical Smoking during pregnancy linked to ADHD in offspring Medical Decriminalisation of drug use – key to ending HIV Medical New estimates for HIV deaths slashed by a quarter Medical New technique forces HIV out of hiding place Medical Homosexuality ban threatens HIV progress in Uganda News Babies of anxious moms tend to cry more From our sponsors A number of good reasons why saving the tooth is a better option Breakfast like a King Alzheimer’s disease – incurable but preventable Cancer is a word that strikes fear into the hearts of many. Live healthier Yoga » Exercise time? Yoga mats matter Yoga and sleep What yoga can do for you Yoga is a stress-buster, but it also helps with anxiety, depression, insomnia, back pain and other ills. Allergy alert » Allergy myths Cold or allergy? Children and allergies Allergy facts vs. fiction Some of the greatest allergy myths and misconceptions can actually be damaging to your health.