Medtronic Minimed 670G hybrid closed loop insulin pump

KITLIVING

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""It's the lack of insulin that is the problem.

Insulin is a very difficult drug, as well as being

dangerous. Give too much or too little and it's

wrong, you are either too high or two low -- it

is a double-edged sword. Insulin itself does not

know how and when to work." - Dr Ohad Cohen.

diabetes no two days are alike, treatment

has to be adjusted not just daily but

hourly, and simple things like exercise

can be complicated to navigate. Dr

Ohad Cohen, EMEA Medical Affairs

Director for Medtronic, puts the new

technology into perspective. He says,

"To be honest this field in medicine has

seen many changes since the discovery

of insulin about 100 years ago. Today,

people with diabetes can expect a full

and healthy life. There are many reasons

for this, including improvements in insulin

formulations, advances in technology

but also the attitude of the people with

diabetes. People with diabetes are no

longer passive but are participants in their

own care. Their feedback and requests

are driving things forward. But there

apparently has been less progress in the

recent 10 years."

Significant change

It can also be said that there has been a

significant change in the attitude of doctors

too, with much more understanding and

empathy in the diabetes sector compared

even to a few decades ago. There has

been a large amount of research done into

diabetes care - or more exactly, diabetes

self-care. Blood glucose seems to be

infinitely measurable value, particularly in

the form of HbA1c. For many a long year

this number has been the sole goal of

good control, yet HbA1c can only a rough

guide, being a three-month aggregate of

blood glucose levels. But in the absence

of any other measure of diabetes control,

it has been important.

Says Dr Cohen, "The fact is that 5.2%

HbA1c is a normal HbA1c for a person

without diabetes, yet control in Type I

diabetes is rarely likely to get below 6.5%,

and for many people that is unattainable. It

is considered that 7% might be possible,

but it's still a compromise compared to

a person without diabetes. Glucose is

not the problem, it is actually the lack of

insulin that is the problem. Insulin is a very

difficult drug, as well as being dangerous.

Give too much or too little and it's wrong,

you are either too high or two low -- it is

a double-edged sword. Insulin itself does

not know how and when to work."

What this means in reality is that

someone with diabetes has to be almost

obsessive in order to be an ideal patient,

constantly checking blood glucose and

tweaking insulin doses all day long.

"People with diabetes have to act like

computers, taking many factors into

account every day that can affect their

control," says Dr Cohen, "At Medtronic

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