DiaTribe’s Adam Brown posted yesterday (12-28-18) an information-packed two-year review of his experience with the do-it-yourself (DIY) automated insulin dosing system, Loop.
This observation really caught my attention.
Overall, my time-in-range (70-140 mg/dl) has increased by an impressive 1.9 hours per day while on Loop – far more than I would have guessed. On average, my daily time-in-range was 73% over 16 months of manual care vs. 81% over the past 24 months on Loop. That may not seem like a large difference, but it’s actually massive: two hours per day equates to an extra one month per year in the range of 70-140 mg/dl.
He also reports on the sleep benefits Loop has given him. He’s more confident about going to sleep with a less than optimal glucose scenario and letting Loop adjust as needed. Algorithmic control of overnight BGs is one of the features prominently mentioned by users of these early automated systems. This is consistent with my experience.
I share much with Adam Brown’s diabetes management style. I’ve also used Loop for two years, use a carb limited way of eating, employ intermittent fasting, and use an array of technology to make my life easier, not more complicated.
I know these early DIY systems are not for everybody. Securing a compatible older pump represents a tough hurdle to jump while other people are not comfortable relying on aging technology. His column is a great comprehensive review. If you want to read details of what it’s like to live with the diabetes technology of tomorrow, check out Adam Brown’s review on diaTribe.