When I was growing up, I learned that if you want something, you have to work for it. Besides building character (and calluses), hard work was necessary to earn money, respect, and a good quality life.
Nowadays, everyone is looking for ways to work “smarter” (not harder). I must admit, this does have merit, because thinking and research are forms of work. Take the latest automated insulin delivery (AID) systems as an example. For the most part, they allow users to achieve better glucose control with less work. But even within the category of AID systems, there are different degrees of work required, and different levels of glucose control that are attainable. Some systems (iLet from Beta Bionics, for example) do almost everything for the user, but the glucose results may not be optimal. Others (such as the DIY Loop setup) require a great deal of user involvement, but the glucose results can be superb. Others (Tandem Control IQ, OmniPod 5, Medtronic 780G) offer varying combinations of both.
There is no right or wrong system to choose. It depends on your personal preferences. Just know that if you want really tight glucose control, you’re better off with a system that allows you to actively participate in the daily decision-making. If you’re comfortable with glucose control that is just reasonable, you’re better off with a system that doesn’t make you work any harder than you have to.
Regardless of your device preferences, you deserve a clinical team that works hard for you. I can’t speak for everyone, but I promise you this: When you work with Integrated Diabetes Services, you will have a clinician who bends over backwards to meet your needs. Whether it’s a detailed data review, high-level education, expert advice or a much-needed pep-talk, you can count on us to put in maximum effort every time. And when we’re not working directly with clients, we’re attending conferences, reading trade journals, and trying the latest products so that we can continue providing cutting-edge services.
A few months ago, we started sending out post-care surveys to our clients. The results and feedback have been incredibly positive. So I guess the old rules still apply. “Work in”, be it with an AID system or your choice of diabetes care provider, does equal results.
I hope you enjoy this month’s edition of Diabetes Bites. As always, your feedback and suggestions are appreciated. Email me directly (email@example.com) if there is anything you’d like to discuss, or call our office (+1-610-642-6055) to schedule some time with one of our hard-working clinicians.