Artificial is defined as:
1. a. Made by humans; produced rather than natural.
b. Brought about or caused by sociopolitical or other human-generated forces or influences: set up artificial barriers against women and minorities; an artificial economic boom.
2. Made in imitation of something natural; simulated: artificial teeth.
3. Not genuine or natural: an artificial smile.
Pancreas is defined as
A long, irregularly shaped gland in vertebrates, lying behind the stomach, that secretes pancreatic juice into the duodenum and insulin, glucagon, and somatostatin into the bloodstream.
By smooshing (clearly, a scientific term) those 2 words together, somehow mainstream media thinks that because the FDA approved something
with ONE FREAKING NEW FEATURE ON AN INSULIN PUMP, suddenly we all will soon have fake pancreas machines that will “fix” our diabetes.
Am I excited about new pump technology? Yes. Would I love to have an artificial pancreas so I didn’t have to think about managing my diabetes 24/7? Of course. But please – until it really does everything-my-broken-pancreas-should-do, or very close to it – don’t call it an artificial pancreas.
English: Diagram shows insulin release from the Pancreas and how this lowers blood sugar leves. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)