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 Pin It iStock Quiz Assess your diabetes risk » Ask Diabetes expert » Check Glycaemic index tool » Quiz Am I eating right for my diabetes? » The perks of diabetes 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 © 2013 HealthDay. All rights reserved. More in Medical A large weight gain doesn't trigger type 2 diabetes 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 Lifestyle How to survive load shedding Natural How to cure insomnia naturally Medical Global warming could push malaria to higher areas Fitness No preferred treatment for neck pain Lifestyle FDA approves new testosterone drug Medical US fears for patents on next-generation drugs in India From our sponsors Recovery after exercise is an essential part of any workout What is Metabolic Syndrome? Could you have it? Eyecare for computer users Treet-It Anti-Lice aiding schools in the prevention of Head Lice Live healthier Down hill? » Argus Cycle Tour Celebrities who masturbate Can't get it up? Erectile dysfunction and the cyclist Does cycling cause erectile dysfunction? Some urologists seem to think so. Fitness fuel » Banned substances Sport and nutrition Exercise myths busted Are there any 'safe' sports supplements? Sportsmen and -women need to be super vigilant when they take any medication or supplement. Just one wrong step can ruin a promising career, DietDoc warns.