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Artificial pancreas trial

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by diabetic0312, Dec 12, 2016.

  1. diabetic0312

    diabetic0312 Type 1 · Member

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    I'm part of a trial for Cambridge university at my Diabetic clinic and currently testing an "artificial pancreas" it's all very new and exciting so just thought I'd post this for any who wanted to ask me any questions about it!
     
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  2. himtoo

    himtoo Type 1 · Well-Known Member
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    WOW !! @diabetic0312
    just keep posting any and all things you think are of interest !!

    when did you / are you starting ?

    tagging @tim2000s as he is very much at the leading edge on this technology
     
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  3. diabetic0312

    diabetic0312 Type 1 · Member

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    I started it about 3 weeks ago now
     
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    himtoo Type 1 · Well-Known Member
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    and how are you finding it so far ?

    improvements ?
    frustrating ?
    unbelievably fab ??
     
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    Jogreen21 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    @diabetic0312 is this for diabetes in general or diabetic 1 or 2 ?
     
  6. diabetic0312

    diabetic0312 Type 1 · Member

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    diabetic0312 Type 1 · Member

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    Hmmm... well to be honest it's not as amazing as u thought it would be, you still have to take quite a lot of control, apart from overnight I haven't seen a massive change in my sugar levels but perhaps my body is getting used to the amount of insulin it's giving me, I have it for 3 months so I will report back later too!
     
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    himtoo Type 1 · Well-Known Member
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    your reply makes a lot of sense because our bodies don't know what we can or will get up to -- so we need to tell the artificial pancreas what we are going to eat for example.

    hopefully it is helping keep things more stable ............ and thanks @diabetic0312 -- it will be great for you to report on this trial
    thanks sooooooooooo much !!!!!!!:)
     
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    azure Type 1 · Expert

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    Hi @diabetic0312 :)

    I'd be interested in hearing a little more about how it works and what's involved - what equipment you have and what you have to do, etc.
     
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    Salvia Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    hello @diabetic0312; How wonderful for you to be part of a trial for such groundbreaking new technology; maybe doesn't sound amazing to you, but it certainly does to me. It doesn't affect me personally but I'm interested in all things diabetic nowadays, so I'll be happily watching your experience and progress with the trial. Many thanks, and good luck. I hope it all works out well. :)

    .... erm, what exactly is an artificial pancreas ? :rolleyes:
     
  11. diabetic0312

    diabetic0312 Type 1 · Member

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    I have a continuous glucose monitor which is blue toothed to my pump, my pump is then linked to a Samsung phone(!!!) which tells my pump how much insulin I need, it's complicated but fab, it's one big loop
     
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    azure Type 1 · Expert

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    Thanks :)

    I guess my biggest question is do you trust it to work out what you need correctly? Does it adjust the basal and the bolus or just one of those? If that makes sense!
     
  13. diabetic0312

    diabetic0312 Type 1 · Member

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    I do trust it yes, however there is still many improvements which need to be made. It's adjusts basal, the difference between my usual basal and the basal the artificial pancreas was giving was crazy
     
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    azure Type 1 · Expert

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    Does it adjust the basal to correct you if you're high then? Or do you do a correction dose yourself (ie as a bolus)?

    Sorry for all the questions!
     
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    This question doesn't really make sense. An artificial pancreas is a system for people whose pancreases doesn't make insulin - an insulin pump where doses are calculated automatically by reference to a continuous glucose monitor.

    Type 1 diabetics don't make insulin because an autoimmune attack has killed off the insulin producing cells. Some type 2 diabetics don't make any insulin when their pancreas is worn out, but type two treated with oral medication or with diet has no call for an artificial pancreas, because the pancreas is still working.
     
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  16. diabetic0312

    diabetic0312 Type 1 · Member

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    It's corrects for you when high and suspends when low....!
     
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    Sorry, I asked in an unclear way! Obviously sleepy : D I mean does it correct you by increasing your basal rate for an hour or by giving you a correction bolus? That is, does it correct you gradually using an increased basal rate over an hour or two, or does it basically give you a bolus?
     
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    It's wonderful to know of someone on the forum having a artificial pancreas trial, it's so exciting so good luck and I hope you can continue to update us, it's fascinating :) Take care.
     
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    Very interesting stuff, you're now center of attention.
    Which pump are you using with it?

    Regards

    Martin
     
  20. tim2000s

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    Hi, it's good to hear about someone on this trial. I'm aware of a few people that had been looking at these. Is this the one using the Cellnovo pump, the Medtronic 670G, or the Beta Bionics iLet? My understanding was that the 670G doesn't include a phone process?

    I've built my own hybrid closed loop system that I've been running since August, and the biggest thing that I find from it is that I don't have to think about diabetes as much. Namely, when you go to bed you wake up in range, and throughout the day, it's doing it's best to keep you there.

    The biggest difference between what you have and what I've been using is that the open source systems have moved a step beyond what most of the systems that are being trialled can do and now include features that help around meals (something called Advanced Meal Assist) that can estimate carbs based on glucose level changes and adjust insulin accordingly, and also autodetection of changes in insulin sensitivity, that allows the system to adjust what it needs to give you to get you back in range. I've been working on trying to incorporate that into a bolus calculator, which is interesting stuff.

    For those who are interested in the Cambridge trial, you can get details here. Be aware that you need to have an Hba1C between 7.5% and 10%. You also must not have been using a CGM system in the preceding three months (both things that precluded me from having a go).

    I don't know which system this one is Azure, but the 670G from Medtronic works on a Microbolus basis, delivering a tiny incremental dose as it detects you going higher. This is typically the equivalent of five minutes worth of an hour's TBR.

    Most of the systems are triggered by the incoming glucose data, and undertake a comparison between the new value and the previous one to four values to determine a trend, plus a calculation that looks at IOB (so getting your DIA and ISF values right is important) and carbs on board, with a model for whether they are long, medium or short absorbing, which you tell the system when you add the carbs for food. It then uses these to determine a predicted glucose level out into the future and microbolus or reduce basal rate accordingly.

    In addition there's typically an "error" function that determines whether the prediction deviated from what the actual value was and adjusts the outputs accordingly.

    The commercial systems differ from the open source ones, as they can handle error reporting within the system and put safety features in line.

    Hope that explains it a little.
     
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