When your pancreas doesn’t work and the technology is taking too long, what to do? Make your own artificial pancreas!
Although I haven’t adopted this technology (yet), I met a woman last week who connected her continuous glucose monitor (CGM) to her insulin pump (Omnipod) with instructions found online and a transmitter to make her own artificial pancreas! The two devices “talk” to each other and she can manage her diabetes via her iphone! This is called “looping”, in reference to a closed loop system. The loop closes when the insulin delivery device (pump) and the blood sugar monitoring device (CGM) work in tandem.. She kept her blood sugar in range (75-135) for 99% of the time! It is amazing! And she did it herself with the help of the Diabetes Online Community #DOC. Check out the info and let me know if you decide to go for it! I am tempted!!!
Hats off to all the people who have made this possible. Here are a few of the resources I have found:
All about looping: https://loopkit.github.io/loopdocs/
Site to build iphone app: https://openaps.org/
Order the transmitter here: RileyLink