Medtronic Minimed 670G hybrid closed loop insulin pump

KITLIVING

Texan Rob Howe talks about using Auto Mode on the 670g,

pro-basketball and 'letting go'.

Man, sport, pump - jump!

Type I diabetic Rob Howe is based in

Dallas, Texas. The former professional

basketball player has had Type I diabetes

for 14 years, having been diagnosed at

the age of 16. He's spent 10 years on

an insulin pump and has now been on

Medtronic's 670g system for nearly a

year. Here he shares his thoughts and

experience about learning how to use the

system to maximum effect. He now plays

basketball with the 670g system attached

and in Auto Mode while he plays.

Speaking of the system he says,

"I think these days diabetics now get

asked quite a bit about their diabetes

technology. It is not dissimilar to fitbits and

other health technologies, so it's not that

big a deal. I have become more aware

of time in a range (TIR) as a parameter

and I now check it fairly often. Last time I

looked I could see that in the last 30 days

I had spent 78% TIR, which means that

I was, for the most of the time, in a very

safe range.

"Diabetes is a huge part of my daily life

but I don't want to think about it absolutely

all the time. If I can claim back 10 minutes

a day not having to think about it then that

is a reduced burden on me. Getting a few

breaks when you're living with a long-term

condition does make a difference.

"I get asked a lot if it took me a long

time to trust it, but the fact is that no one

knows your diabetes better than you do.

I did have to relearn how to count carbs

and I would say it took 4-6 weeks to

really get the hang of the system. Just

like anything, change is hard. It did feel

a bit foreign to give my control over to a

machine, but life is a confidence game

and I'm pleased I got over the bumps at

the start.

"Ironically, if you eliminate all your lows

your HbA1c could actually go up a little -

but then again it's great not to have the

lows. My local grocery store may have

noticed I wasn't buying as much orange

juice as I used to, and that's because

I'm not treating hypos as often. I sleep

through the night more often than I used

to, so I'm less tired, which is always a

good thing. Once I got used to the system

I brought down my high parameter for my

hyperglycemia, so that I'm notified earlier

and average my highs aren't quite so high.

"It really has helped with sport - it is

much more enjoyable now, though I do

need sportswear with pockets! I never

thought I'd be playing basketball with an

insulin pump on; now I never take it off.

"For anyone starting on the 670G

I can tell them that you might glance at

the pump's screen and it may not look

right, you are likely to be tempted to

get involved and put a bit of insulin in,

maybe, but you have to trust it. Adding

more insulin won't necessarily make the

correction work faster, but it could mean

that you will end up going low over time,

so be patient. Take a long-term view on

achieving improved overall control. Now I

feel really hopeful about the future."

To read more about Rob Howe see

www.diabeticsdoingthings.com

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