Bionic Pancreas Q&A Part 2: Glucose and Glycemic Variability in Type 1 Diabetes

On September 12, 2013, the Glu Team welcomed principal investigators and study participants of the Beacon Hill Study of the Bionic Pancreas to answer questions from the Glu Community. The video below features an open discussion on glucose and glycemic variability.

Bionic Bash 2

Highlight Responses

Steven Russell, MD, PhD, Principal Investigator

“The glycemic variability with this device (Bionic Pancreas) is actually low even when you have these post prandial excursions because it’s like a smooth excursion and then it comes back down and the variability overnight is very low.”

“I think a lot of people with diabetes would benefit from putting a CGM (Continuous Glucose Monitor) on someone they know who doesn’t have diabetes and seeing what happens through the course of the day. You’d feel a lot better with your own fluctuations in blood glucose.”

Bill Woods, Study Participant

“(Glucose) Variability to me is a worry”

“I had a blood sugar last night where I was 300mg/dl and I went to sleep confidently, I wasn’t worrying about that.”

Mick Davison, MD, Study Participant

“I would have over treated that high blood sugar and would have ended up with a serious low. It’s very difficult to not over treat both hypo and hyperglycemia. I feel like I have pretty good experience through a long time of managing this and I still make a lot of errors that are human emotional errors and this (the Bionic Pancreas) removes a lot of emotion from it.”



Check out the first video in the series here. Part three continues here.

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