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Diabetes Bites Newsletter: February 2020

Diabetes Bites Newsletter: February 20202020-02-17T20:10:51-05:00

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February 2020

a note from GaryA quick note from Gary… With A Little Help from [My Algorithm]

With the launch of Tandem’s Control IQ last month, we now have four (count ‘em, FOUR) hybrid closed loop (HCL) systems:  Two that are FDA approved and marketed commercially (Medtronic 670G and Tandem Control IQ), and two of the build-it-yourself variety (Loop and Open APS).   You might be asking yourself, “What the heck is a hybrid hoozawhata?”  These are systems that take data from a continuous glucose monitor and then make subtle adjustments to a pump’s insulin delivery to help avoid extreme highs and lows.  Users still have to bolus for carbs and make adjustments for stress, exercise, etc, but the automated adjustments tend to produce more stable blood sugars overall.

I’ve had the pleasure of trying all of these systems out, and they do work nicely.  Some require a bit more work than others, but ultimately, it’s nice have some computerized help with my diabetes management.

One thing all of the HCL systems have in common is that they can’t do the job alone.  The user needs to go into it with a good handle on their insulin settings and be able to navigate the various HCL features to achieve the best outcomes.  That’s where we come in.  Our clinical team has plenty of experience with the various HCL options, so we can help you to determine which (if any) is best for you, prepare you for a successful transition, and utilize them to their fullest.

If you’re interested in learning more about the HCL landscape, give us a call and let’s set up some time to talk: 610-642-6055.  There’s nothing you can’t accomplish… with a little help from your friends at Integrated Diabetes!

– Gary

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Gary Scheiner MS, CDE
Owner & Clinical Director

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