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      <br> Reviewing the wireless FreeStyle Libre sensor (usually worn on arm) system from Abbott Diabetes Care after using it for six months as a 25 year old diabetic. The setup has worked so well that Potter has ordered a second pump for her 6-year-old, who was recently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Boss was looking for a pump or two he could hack. By the time Boss decided to try looping, he had not gotten a good night’s sleep in a decade. I can generally recommend all diabetics to try the FreeStyle Libre if you have sufficient funds and aren’t already using it. This way, diabetics no longer have to go through the process of finger-pricking each time they want to measure their blood-sugar levels. Next to this I was thinking that maybe Abbott can implement some form of gamification where local (or global) diabetics can participate in online or offline games or competitions in regard to their blood-glucose levels.<br>
      <br> This tiny little needle continually registers your blood-glucose levels, which are saved inside the sensor for up to eight hours. Dozens, then hundreds, and now thousands of people are experimenting with DIY artificial-pancreas systems-none of which the Food and Drug Administration has officially approved. And so, despite all the people clamoring for loopable Medtronic pumps, attempts to sell one to the highest bidder are met with swift backlash in the online community. But her family lives in the U.S., where no compatible pumps are sold. An underlying security flaw is still the reason looping is possible with Medtronic pumps. That’s where the security flaw came in. It came out to $2,000 with supplies and shipping. The sensor comes in a small yellow carton box and exists out of two components plus instructions and some disinfecting alcohol swabs. But according to one small study and many, many anecdotes, looping is, when done properly, both safe and better than a human brain at managing blood sugar.<br>
      <br> One has to be vigilant, everywhere, at all times. It can sometimes take months to find one. Early on, loopers were often able to find old, compatible Medtronic pumps sitting unused in their own closets or a friend’s. Boss has a couple of backup pumps stockpiled. OpenAPS changed that. To start looping with OpenAPS, Boss did also need to buy a mini computer called an Edison. Erica Potter liked the fact that her eight-year-old daughter would not need to carry around another part with AndroidAPS. Not only does it make me feel much better in terms of freedom and utility (I can carry insuline and some needles around quite easily, but not a glucose-meter), but it therefore also indirectly drastically improves my Hba1c and average blood-glucose because I tend to check my blood-glucose levels much more often. I have not used this myself but apparently it allows other people to keep track of your blood-glucose readings (for example your parents or doctor). It constantly reminds me of my disease and reveals it to the people around me.<br>
      <br> In fact, the FDA approved a looping system from Medtronic called the Minimed 670G in 2016, after the first people started using OpenAPS. Since OpenAPS first became available, looping options have slowly expanded. You‘re a diabetic and have heard some rumours of the FreeStyle expressionmed libre patches glucosemeter. Supposedly a glucosemeter that can measure your blood-sugar levels without having to pierce your finger every time. Being a diabetic means having to live with daily constraints: controlling the blood sugar level, making injections, monitoring food, avoiding complications. But, he says, “if I drink coffee in the morning and forget to enter it into my phone, my blood sugar is going to be higher than normal.” The everyday risk of making such a mistake outweighs the remote risk of someone else hacking his pump. “You’re always thinking, ‘What is the next thing I’m going to be doing? The going price is usually about $500. “One day my wife was like, ‘We haven’t bought you apple juice in a long time,’” he says. It’s like this underground market for these pumps,” says Aaron Kowalski, a DIY looper and also CEO of JDRF, a nonprofit that funds type 1 diabetes research.<br>

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