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Nordisk Infuser MK II insulin infusion pump, Europe, 1997

Nordisk Infuser MK II insulin infusion pump, Europe, 1997

Credits: Science Museum

Diabetes is a condition where the pancreas cannot produce insulin, or enough insulin to break down glucose in the body. Too high levels or too low levels of glucose can be dangerous to a person’s health. This infusion was developed to be a more convenient way of taking insulin rather than by injection. The battery operated pump continuously delivers a set amount of insulin during the day and night to people with diabetes. This establishes a more even level of insulin in the body than that created from direct injection. The insulin reaches the body through a fine plastic tube which is inserted under the skin. The pump is worn inside the clothes or carried in a pocket and was made by Novo Nordisk.

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Glossary: diabetes

This term refers to any form of metabolic disorder characterized by extreme thirst and excess urine production.

Glossary: insulin

A hormone that causes the body's cells to take up glucose from the blood. (Diabetes is the loss of control of the body's levels of insulin.)