I feel like I have written too many times already about diabetes life hacks (making diabetes products cute, Dexcom carrying techniques, “best” device combinations, etc) so I am pulling one of the wild cards today.
My dream diabetes device is actually based off one of the most commonly heard misconceptions about the capabilities of current insulin pumps.
A person I’ve known for quite a while recently had a serious health scare. As a result, he is taking a fresh look at his diabetes management and he doesn’t like the numbers he is seeing. Because he is “maxed out” on the doses of his current medications, he thinks the next step is probably insulin.
Since he is already using a pen device for one of his medications, I tried to emphasize how adding a basal insulin would not be that much different. That led into a conversation about the differences between basal and mealtime insulin. He knows I wear an insulin pump, but my dosing is usually low-key so I wasn’t entirely surprised when he said (and pointed toward my pocket),
“Or I could just get one of those devices that does all the work for you.”
I guess that is my dream device. I’d really like something that does all the work for me. I’d like something that could sense my blood glucose (or comparable) values and adjust my insulin levels. I’d like something that could know when I’m eating and give me a bolus dose to cover the carbs (I’d accept having to input small, medium, or large for the size of the meal). I’d like something that could adjust to exercise. I’d like something that could suspend my insulin if my numbers are trending too low.
I’d like something that does all the work for me.
I guess what I’d like is an artificial pancreas.
This continues to be one of the most popular DBlogWeek topics, so let’s have another crack at it! Tell us what your fantasy diabetes device would be? Think of your dream blood glucose checker, delivery system for insulin or other meds, magic carb counter, or anything else you can think of. The sky is the limit – what would you love to see?