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  1. Ever Heard this from a Relative: “Hey, Have you heard of………????” | Diabetes Dad

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  2. StephenS
    StephenS July 1, 2014 at 10:32 am | | Reply

    Yeah, count me among the many who have gotten phone calls from people I haven’t heard from in years. But that’s a good thing, right?

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  4. Puddin
    Puddin July 2, 2014 at 8:39 am | | Reply

    Mike – I too am more excited about this development than anything else right now, for the same reasons you are. I saw my first glimpse at a JDRF meeting in March with Tom Brobson showing the audience the tech. I look forward to becoming ’6 of 9′* as soon as the new tech is available!

    * 6 of 9 is a riff off of the Start Trek Borg character, 7 of 9. Borg are, among other things, bionically augmented life forms. 7 of 9 was unusual in that she was not an enemy of those unlike herself i.e not Borg.

  5. David
    David July 2, 2014 at 8:39 am | | Reply

    Cost-wise, it won’t be accessible to more than 30% of us PWD’s, same as it is now with pump and CGM, but still this is very cool stuff. I am curious what the limits are to improving sensor accuracy? Seems like Dexcom has improved accuracy many times over the years and surely they are hitting the natural limits of the technology?

  6. Khürt Williams
    Khürt Williams July 2, 2014 at 5:39 pm | | Reply

    Based on my experiences with a CGMS (accuracy) and an insulin pump (getting the dosing just right) I’m skeptical.

  7. Scott E
    Scott E July 3, 2014 at 8:13 pm | | Reply

    From the one-shot (and three pee tests) per day when diagnosed to all the stuff I have with me today, I think I’ve kind of reached my limit when it comes to “additional stuff” for my diabetes. This thing can do so many things right, but it can also do so many things wrong – and given the effects of scar tissue on my pump and CGM sites, those “wrongs” are only headed in the direction towards “more wrong”. Since this system doesn’t eliminate issues with site changes, air bubbles, skunked insulin, insurance, etc., I can’t get too excited about it.

    I’m hoping “the next great thing” makes my life simpler, rather than giving me more data towards managing it. This might achieve that goal, but I’m not entirely convinced it will. All it needs to do is “learn” the high insulin rates needed for a “bad” site, only to do a change and suddenly go low… and my biggest fear about the AP comes true.

    1. Dan
      Dan July 4, 2014 at 7:46 pm | | Reply

      I could not agree more with the excellent points you make.

      The problem with this AP is that it all sits outside of us inserted through the skin.

      Pumps will always have these issues. There is no way around it.

      Sensors from CGM are the same. For those who use them, you know that sometimes you insert a sensor and you get pretty good readings (that means 80 percent of the time it is somewhat accurate). Then you insert another sensor and it just never seems to be accurate consistently.

      All of these proof of concept studies are short term.

      In addition, I wonder what the level of control was in these studies? Were they happy if they kept glucose levels under 200, 180, 160?

      I would bet, long term, when this AP is really put the test when people are eating at will, exercising, and doing all sorts of other things, the results are going to be scary. That is, the AP will not be able to manage diabetes without high risk.

      I am skeptical even though the author of this article is not.

      Of course, everyone in the industry is all for it since it equates to money, jobs, and profits.

      In ten years, AP will not be the solution. The solution will look something like Smart Insulin or some other nano device that works without computers–it works through the biological system.

      Sorry–computers will not crack this egg.

  8. Scott Powell
    Scott Powell July 4, 2014 at 8:16 pm | | Reply

    I’m skeptical from a liability standpoint. One device makes one person go into a diabetic coma….and despite the fact that the device may help thousands of other patients, it’ll be off the market. Just don’t see any way around this…

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  10. James
    James July 7, 2014 at 7:45 pm | | Reply

    Ooo come on quit stringing the public along. We donate money for a cure not for treatment. Focus on the cure dont use our money for better treatment or your own greed. Ppl raise billions of dollars for a cure for cancer and there hasbeen a cure for decades. Its vitamin c intravenous. Google it or youtube it it never fails. Or get an opinion from any naturopathic doctor its the cure! Theresjust too much greedy ppl who think money is worth more than lives. O and the shootings are caused by psych meds. Ask this question. What’s causing the chemical imbalance? Or watch the drugging of our children. Cancer and psychiatry are gonna be known as the biggest genocide to mankind yet. More deaths than the holocaust and for money. Very sickening

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