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Diabetes Patient Invents An Artificial Pancreas, Releases A Free Step-By-Step Guide To Build Your Own

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AL.com

Diabetes patients around the world should learn the name "Dana Lewis," because someday soon they'll probably be using her inventions.

The computer whiz from Alabama was living with the everyday problems that all diabetes patients face. Her pancreas was failing to produce insulin, which the body needs to break down sugars and carbohydrates into energy.

Like everyone else with the condition, balancing her insulin and blood sugars was an annoying and dangerous part Lewis's daily life.

Inventor Dana Lewis.GeekWire

"You really do make hundreds of decisions a day about things that impact your blood sugar," the inventor told AL.com. "It's a lot. And it really does impact everybody who cares for a person with diabetes - spouses, siblings, parents, grandparents."

Lewis was using a glucose monitor and an insulin pump, but even that system wasn't perfect.

An insulin pump.Delighted Momm

"I was afraid at night because I am a super-deep, champion sleeper," Lewis said, "I sleep through the alarms on the device that are supposed to wake me up and save my life. I always thought, if only I could get my data off this thing, then I could use my phone or computer to make louder alarms."

With help from another computer geek on social media, Lewis did just that, rigging her phone to ring when her levels dropped too low.

But she quickly realized she could do so much more, and her latest invention is helping to save lives.

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