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mishapqueen
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7/6/2014 10:30:06 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
I have type one diabetes, and it is extremely annoying. Many people get type one diabetes confused with type two diabetes. They are extremely different.

Here's simple explanation of both:
http://www.diabetes.org...
http://www.diabetes.org...

Do you have a type of diabetes? Do you know someone who does?
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7/21/2014 9:28:50 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 7/6/2014 10:30:06 PM, mishapqueen wrote:
I have type one diabetes, and it is extremely annoying. Many people get type one diabetes confused with type two diabetes. They are extremely different.

Here's simple explanation of both:
http://www.diabetes.org...
http://www.diabetes.org...

Do you have a type of diabetes? Do you know someone who does?

I luckily do not have diabetes, but of course know a number of people with type 2. I do follow a number of companies in the diabetes market, such as Mankind that just had their inhale-able insulin approved by the FDA.

I have no doubt that it will be a curable disease, even for type 1, but we need much more work done in stem cell research before that will come to fruition.

There is a lot of good research going on. How do you feel about using embryonic stem cells in a cure for type 1?
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7/21/2014 9:31:15 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 7/21/2014 9:28:50 AM, slo1 wrote:
At 7/6/2014 10:30:06 PM, mishapqueen wrote:
I have type one diabetes, and it is extremely annoying. Many people get type one diabetes confused with type two diabetes. They are extremely different.

Here's simple explanation of both:
http://www.diabetes.org...
http://www.diabetes.org...

Do you have a type of diabetes? Do you know someone who does?

I luckily do not have diabetes, but of course know a number of people with type 2. I do follow a number of companies in the diabetes market, such as Mankind that just had their inhale-able insulin approved by the FDA.

I have no doubt that it will be a curable disease, even for type 1, but we need much more work done in stem cell research before that will come to fruition.

There is a lot of good research going on. How do you feel about using embryonic stem cells in a cure for type 1?

I'm not really up on it, but I have heard of fake pancreases that they are working on, and trying to find a way to find out blood sugar levels in the same unit as the insulin delivery system (or pump).
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Atheist-Independent
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7/21/2014 4:31:38 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
I'm not really up on it, but I have heard of fake pancreases that they are working on, and trying to find a way to find out blood sugar levels in the same unit as the insulin delivery system (or pump).

Funny you say that. I have type 1 (as you know) but my father is actually working on this "fake pancreas" (called a bionic pancreas). Check out the website...

http://www.artificialpancreas.org...
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7/21/2014 4:38:33 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 7/21/2014 4:31:38 PM, Atheist-Independent wrote:
I'm not really up on it, but I have heard of fake pancreases that they are working on, and trying to find a way to find out blood sugar levels in the same unit as the insulin delivery system (or pump).

Funny you say that. I have type 1 (as you know) but my father is actually working on this "fake pancreas" (called a bionic pancreas). Check out the website...

http://www.artificialpancreas.org...

That is cool1

I read the article about this a while back. http://www.npr.org...

You're not David are you????
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7/21/2014 4:43:24 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 7/21/2014 4:40:31 PM, Atheist-Independent wrote:
That is cool1

I read the article about this a while back. http://www.npr.org...

You're not David are you????

Yeah, I am.

REALLY????????

Goodness Gracious! That's really, really, cool!

So, can you explain really briefly how it works?
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7/21/2014 4:48:11 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 7/21/2014 4:43:24 PM, mishapqueen wrote:
At 7/21/2014 4:40:31 PM, Atheist-Independent wrote:
That is cool1

I read the article about this a while back. http://www.npr.org...

You're not David are you????

Yeah, I am.

REALLY????????

Goodness Gracious! That's really, really, cool!

So, can you explain really briefly how it works?

Well, more along the lines of how does it work with the pump, etc. From a diabetic perspective.
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7/21/2014 4:50:48 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
REALLY????????

Goodness Gracious! That's really, really, cool!

So, can you explain really briefly how it works?

Honestly, it is pretty hard to briefly explain it, but I will give it my best shot.

So currently the BP (Bionic Pancreas) is a phone and a Dexcom 4 CGM combined into a brick. Installed into the phone is an app that has an algorithm written into it. The algorithm is designed to make dosing decisions (insulin to lower blood glucose and glucagon to raise it) based on the reading that the Dexcom has.

This explanation doesn't really give the device justice, but if you look up Bionic Pancreas you will certainly get dozens of results.
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7/21/2014 5:10:38 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 7/21/2014 4:50:48 PM, Atheist-Independent wrote:
REALLY????????

Goodness Gracious! That's really, really, cool!

So, can you explain really briefly how it works?

Honestly, it is pretty hard to briefly explain it, but I will give it my best shot.

So currently the BP (Bionic Pancreas) is a phone and a Dexcom 4 CGM combined into a brick. Installed into the phone is an app that has an algorithm written into it. The algorithm is designed to make dosing decisions (insulin to lower blood glucose and glucagon to raise it) based on the reading that the Dexcom has.

This explanation doesn't really give the device justice, but if you look up Bionic Pancreas you will certainly get dozens of results.

Thanks. It's really exciting! When I debate in real life, I have a hard time keeping stable. One time I got so low that I couldn't even read the page numbers. Hopefully your dad's thing will help a bit.

Is it uncomfortable to wear, or is it just part of your infusion set? You are on a pump, right?
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7/21/2014 5:52:09 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
Thanks. It's really exciting! When I debate in real life, I have a hard time keeping stable. One time I got so low that I couldn't even read the page numbers. Hopefully your dad's thing will help a bit.

Is it uncomfortable to wear, or is it just part of your infusion set? You are on a pump, right?

It depends on what your view on "uncomfortable" is. For me, wearing it won't be any different than what I currently wear, which is a CGM (Dexcom) and a pump. But if you have never worn a CGM then it might take a little bit of time to get used to.

I strongly suggest wearing a CGM if you don't already (especially the Dexcom which is the best on the market) because it reports your blood sugars every 5 minutes, and can significantly improve your diabetes management.
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7/21/2014 7:35:10 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 7/21/2014 5:52:09 PM, Atheist-Independent wrote:
Thanks. It's really exciting! When I debate in real life, I have a hard time keeping stable. One time I got so low that I couldn't even read the page numbers. Hopefully your dad's thing will help a bit.

Is it uncomfortable to wear, or is it just part of your infusion set? You are on a pump, right?

It depends on what your view on "uncomfortable" is. For me, wearing it won't be any different than what I currently wear, which is a CGM (Dexcom) and a pump. But if you have never worn a CGM then it might take a little bit of time to get used to.

I strongly suggest wearing a CGM if you don't already (especially the Dexcom which is the best on the market) because it reports your blood sugars every 5 minutes, and can significantly improve your diabetes management.

Yeah, I have a Medtronic MiniMed. I haven't started wearing a CGM because I just have to check anyway, and it is another thing poking into me. but your dad's thing sounds more reliable.
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7/21/2014 7:38:51 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
How often do you check your blood sugar normally? It can play a huge role into how well you can manage your diabetes.
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7/21/2014 7:50:49 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 7/21/2014 7:38:51 PM, Atheist-Independent wrote:
How often do you check your blood sugar normally? It can play a huge role into how well you can manage your diabetes.

Four to eight times a day. Sometimes as much as 12.
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7/21/2014 7:53:51 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
Four to eight times a day. Sometimes as much as 12.

The more times the better, obviously. The advantage of a CGM is that you get thousands of readings as opposed to a dozen.

Anyways, I'm not trying to force you into anything. I'm just putting it out there.
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7/21/2014 7:56:55 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 7/21/2014 7:53:51 PM, Atheist-Independent wrote:
Four to eight times a day. Sometimes as much as 12.

The more times the better, obviously. The advantage of a CGM is that you get thousands of readings as opposed to a dozen.

Yeah, you're right.


Anyways, I'm not trying to force you into anything. I'm just putting it out there.

I know. Thanks.

I've just been waiting on the CGM until it gets more reliable.

Diabetes is a pain in the fingers!
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