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  1. Amy @ Tiny Blessings
    Amy @ Tiny Blessings June 29, 2010 at 7:11 am | | Reply

    Great article- thanks for sharing! Today I’m working on paperwork to get my DD (age 7) on a pump, so reading the stats about pump vs. shots was very encouraging to me. I love to dream about the possibility (however remote) that when she’s an adult, this artificial pancreas could possibly be the normal treatment.

  2. kate @ sweet cricket Stationery
    kate @ sweet cricket Stationery June 29, 2010 at 7:23 am | | Reply

    Thanks for posting this – I just stumbled upon your blog. I’m a 30 year old woman and was recently diagnosed with Type 1.5 diabetes about a month ago. I’m in my “honeymoon” phase now, which makes life a little easier temporarily, I guess, but I still have so many questions and need to learn so much. I am very much interested in getting on a pump once my honeymoon is over and am trying to learn all about my options.

  3. joan
    joan June 29, 2010 at 11:14 am | | Reply

    I was on the STAR 3 study here in San Diego. My A1C before starting the pump and CGM was 8.4 and 3 months later was 6.7!!

  4. jana
    jana June 29, 2010 at 12:59 pm | | Reply

    Have you heard anything from Animas and Dexcom about their pump/CGM? Just wondering….

  5. Katie I.
    Katie I. June 29, 2010 at 6:17 pm | | Reply

    For a long time, hearing about the artificial pancreas project annoyed me, because I didn’t really think of it as a cure. I still don’t think it is, but after reading Dan Hurley’s review of it in his book, and seeing him say that, when he was on the AP, he took only a fraction of the insulin he was used to taking, I got really excited about it. I think taking less insulin has all kinds of benefits, not the least of which would be losing a few pesky pounds!!

  6. Sysy Morales
    Sysy Morales June 30, 2010 at 9:19 am | | Reply

    I think that data showing more children on the pump doing better than those not on the pump is slightly inaccurate due to several factors:

    children on the pump typically come from families with more financial resources

    children on the pump are more closely monitored by parents because they are hooked up to a computer/machine/gadget

    children on the pump often do better at the beginning (during which studies are often conducted) and later have troubles absorbing insulin due to scar tissue growth

    There are other factors but, the point I wanted to make is that we value technology over most everything and to me it seems that proper diabetes education is more valuable than the latest gizmo.

    I think pumps and CGMS are great but, not necessarily a better replacement over shot therapy because of the complications they add. It depends on the individual wether they should be on a pump or on shots. It isn’t fair that most out there openly favor one over the other just because they don’t feel they could do well without a pump.

    I switched from the pump back to shots a few years ago. My A1c is now between 4-5% on shot therapy which is awesome because I like being free of stuff attached to my body and free of the beeping and free of the extra prescriptions and free of the potential for a computer error to occur…the list goes on.

    I hope everyone will acknowledge it is possible to have great control with or without a pump.

    Nice article Amy, I thoroughly enjoy your reporting on all of the latest.

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  8. Bob
    Bob June 30, 2010 at 3:42 pm | | Reply

    Wow. An A1c of 4-5% translates to an average blood sugar of 65-100.

  9. Clarke
    Clarke June 30, 2010 at 10:06 pm | | Reply

    I don’t understand your binoculars analogy. I currently wear the CGM with my pump and have had great success. I would much rather have my set of “spyware” vs having no surveillance (binoculars) as you call it. Just because you choose not to wear a CGM, why criticize it. According to the article you are citing, the CGM is a key component of the system.

    Diagnosed 13 years ago
    Medtronic 722 with CGM for 4 years

  10. jamie
    jamie July 1, 2010 at 5:31 am | | Reply


    I think that the JDRF funded artificial pancreas is a waste of time and money. My 10 yr old son has type 1 the last thing he wants is more things plugged in to his growing body. Insulin was discovered almost 90 yrs ago and this is the stage we are at?
    Why isn’t JDRF using all this money for a cure or a non invasive glucose monitor?
    I find it hard to believe that in 2010 not one company in the world can test a blood sugar without pricking a finger. WE need to stop curing mice and start curing the beautiful people fighting this disease.


  11. Bob
    Bob July 1, 2010 at 5:47 am | | Reply

    Sorry, Amy. My comment was meant for @Sysy Morales statement, not your article.

  12. Dwight J. Emery
    Dwight J. Emery July 3, 2010 at 5:19 pm | | Reply

    I look at this “new tech” this way. Right now I have a tube in my stomach to do dialysis with, which is a “nice cuss word” bigger hassle than an infusion set on an insulin pump.

    I see this technology as great, awesome, and much needed. As well, I see some solutions to problems mentioned that seem to be very simple if they implemented the solution into the pump design. That is, when a bg goes low enough in an emergency situation such as when a person is asleep or can’t get to a piece of candy, the machine would have a seperate reservoir full of “sugar” in fluid form to get the bg up, administered by the pump to do just that. With all that on the device, it would be “completely closed circuit” with the exception of the time taken to change out reservoirs and maintenance, battery changes, etc.

    I’m a pump user, I use the current Revel by Minimed, and the closed monitoring system I can use although at the moment the insurance will not pay for it, even though it would and will cut down on the overall long term cost of diabetes. Considering now it costs me 150,000 minimum in US Dollars to SURVIVE on dialysis, a six grand insulin pump and the CMS set up would have bought all that cost many times over now that many years later I’m having to do dialysis.

    The bottom line in the USA is they don’t want to cure diabetes, the FDA gets kick backs and money to keep people sick so the medical system can earn more off the disabilities the disease creates in dialysis and other medical area’s they love the money they make in. I see it like it is, the USA is full of crooks in the FDA and other high places, and I call them out, come over to my house and I’ll love to punch you idiots in the nose as well for being so “nice cuss word” smart about solving medical problems you are stupid.

    This system is the best solution for diabetes type one, and a lot easier to deal with while living life than having to live with a PD tube for dialysis many years later, and all the other damages health wise that come along with having diabetes that is super difficult to keep in control. As the idiots believe, “control” being so “easy” to accomplish with out a pancreas.

    This is the best thing yet to be invented to solve a problem, and it can be reduced in size even more as time progresses, and even the size now is a lot better than the future complications that are very real. How do I know they are real? I live with them all, I’ve had type one diabetes 36 years and the complications happen whether you want to believe or not.

    Do the right thing, approve this stuff, get it on the market, let people have a healthier life and a better future. You people in the USA who love you money more than our health, come to my house and I’ll gladly give you a shiner or a bloody nose today. You I highly hate and have no “love” for, nor do I “love” diabetes or ever will “love” the “nice cuss word” disease.

    Straighten up FDA before some real Americans come visit you and kick you in the “nice cuss word for a rear end”.


    Dwight J. Emery
    I’m in Spring Lake, NC if you want to visit for a nice fight, those I offend… I could use some idiots as a punching bag! LOL! And would be nice to see diabetes cured instead of treated for a change…

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