Simon Carter ManageBGL alternative to insulin pump

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ACTIONUsing carbohydrates eaten, insulin doses

given, insulin to carb ratios and correction

factors based on the individual needs, the

software makes calculations just like any

bolus wizard.

Carter's ManageBGL site can

accommodate the fact that most people

with diabetes on multiple daily injections

have at least two insulins in the body at

the same time. He says, "You can also

plug in fats and proteins as they can

affect blood glucose control. Up to 30-

to-50% of proteins can be converted

to carbohydrates within two hours - it's

another level of the glyceamic index

relating to foods. It means that to some

extent when you eat your food your carbs

haven't arrived in your blood stream

yet. Another complicating factor can be

the background sugar that is constantly

released by the liver. If you have alcohol,

that sugar release is reduced, which

means that any insulin you do give yourself

goes straight in and starts working.

Anyone who has used CGM can clearly

see the impact of foods on blood glucose

levels and ManageBGL's software can

also do this."

Virtual reality

Working as a 'virtual insulin pump',

managebgl.com predicts blood glucose

levels (BGLs) 2-3 hours in the future but

using no more blood tests than normal,

therefore Carter can claim that it delivers

For those who cannot

get access to pump

funding, or who are just

put off by the whole

idea, Simon Carter has

created an online service that mimics the

sophistication of pump technology but

without the need to actually wear one.

Carter has had Type 1 diabetes for

25 years and his daughter Lucy was

diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the

age of two, nearly eight years ago. For

12 months, Carter was on an insulin

pump, as was his daughter, but they both

decided they wanted to be 'pump free'.

He explains, "We simply didn't like being

attached to a pump, as we were always

reminded of the condition." However

Simon, who runs a data management

company, DataMystic, came away from

his pump wearing experience having

taken some ideas from it. Along with Lisa

Worsfold, who is the mother of a type 1

diabetic, Simon launched ManageBGL.

com, a diabetes self-management

software tool.

Diabetes data from meters, pumps

and CGM was easy for his company to

sort out, and as his company also does

data visualisation, easy to use screens

were created. Although his doctors

were sceptical about the software he

built, saying that it couldn't predict lows

or highs, as it uses insulin-pump like

technology it can make predictions.

the benefits of an insulin pump without

the pump, integrating data from multiple

diabetes devices in real time online.

managebgl.com also provides

intelligent coaching, with suggestions and

warnings based on BGL readings, linked

to online references and can import data

from any meter, pump or management

system. It is designed to run on Windows

and Mac PCs and any Smart Phone.

It can also export data back to any

management system, so it can be shared

with healthcare professionals (or schools,

if you have a child with diabetes).

Currently Carter is developing a

Smartphone app but in the meantime

you need to go the website to plug

in your results and to see

what predictions the

software can offer.

READER OFFER

You can explore the software with a 30-day free trial and

then it is $10 a month (about £6-7). Member Discount code

for Desang readers: 76d357

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