Guest lecture at UQ, 39 yrs t1d & #WeAreNotWaiting

I was invited to give a guest lecture to final year Health IT students at The University of Queensland last month about the DIY artificial pancreas technology I'd been using for the past year and a half. I thought it was important to explain: history of type 1 diabetes therapy 1980-2019 (personal perspective) the impact … Continue reading Guest lecture at UQ, 39 yrs t1d & #WeAreNotWaiting

Affordable CGM for Australia

The federal government of Australia is conducting a survey to determine whether continuous glucose monitoring devices (CGM) should be subsidised under the National Diabetes Supply Scheme (NDSS). The following research and outcomes data shows that yes, CGM should be made affordable for all people living with type 1 diabetes as an urgent priority. Using CGM with an automated insulin … Continue reading Affordable CGM for Australia

One year of DIY looping after 38 years of type 1 diabetes

First published in Australian Diabetes Educator, 8 July, 2019. Patton, Mary Anne. "One year of DIY looping after 38 years of type 1 diabetes." Australian Diabetes Educator, vol. 22, no. 2, 2019. Introduction One year ago I started do-it-yourself (DIY) looping with the hybrid closed loop system, OpenAPS.[1] I’d been living with type 1 diabetes (T1D) for … Continue reading One year of DIY looping after 38 years of type 1 diabetes

DIY ‘loopers’ take diabetes into their own hands

I was interviewed as part of an ABC Science Show program on DIY looping which was broadcast last weekend. Wonderful coverage of what it's like to live with Type1 diabetes psychologically, two peoples' experiences of using a DIY system, and why we need to get CGM coverage for adults in Australia ASAP. Jim Matheson, one … Continue reading DIY ‘loopers’ take diabetes into their own hands

Sensory recalibration with Looping

People in the DIY artificial pancreas community are talking about sensory changes in the way they experience their diabetes. Some, like Thacher Hussain @Thachert1d, find that DIY looping causes them to regain their hypoglycaemia awareness. "Feeling shaky at 84... means #Loop is keeping me in range enough that my body's own hypo-awareness is readjusting to … Continue reading Sensory recalibration with Looping

DIY community committed to transparency, openness, integrity

In response to yesterday's FDA warning about off-label use of automated insulin delivery systems, the core developers of DIY systems AndroidAPS, Loop and OpenAPS shined through once more. Not only are they reminding all users of DIY systems to report adverse events, but they are working on yet another innovation that does not exist: A … Continue reading DIY community committed to transparency, openness, integrity