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First published Wednesday 10 May 2017.

Are you hypo unaware?

A part of the Hybrid Closed-Loop Outpatient Trial will examine if an artificial pancreas can be used to treat hypoglycaemia (low blood glucose) unawareness.

This occurs when the body cannot detect dangerously low blood glucose levels and can affect one in five people living with Type 1 Diabetes.

Study lead Dr Marie-Anne Burckhardt, from Perth Children's Hospital, said researchers were hoping to recruit people aged 12 to 55 years who were already on an insulin pump and who have difficulty detecting when they were having a hypo.

“We already know that by avoiding hypos for several weeks we can improve hypoglycaemic awareness but this often means running the blood glucose levels quite high for a while,” Dr Burckhardt said.

“We want to test the use of a hybrid closed-loop insulin delivery system, which has been shown to cause less hypos but without running blood glucose levels high and see if the awareness improves.”

For more information, contact Dr Burckhardt via