The complexity, and technical solution, of living with type 1 diabetes

Using a full closed loop system is a big step. We have created a phased approach, which for us was better than doing everything at once. This blog shows our phases combined with all components to let us use AndroidAPS, our Do-It-Yourself Artificial Pancreas System (DIY APS).

In addition, this 5 minute video shows the complexity of living with diabetes. We must reduce the mental burden of this disease. In my opinion, a DIY APS is one of the best possibilities for it.

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First the disclaimer

I am not a healthcare professional. Always consult your doctor before making changes to your diabetes treatment plan. For this blog series, I do not have – and do not want – any sponsorship deals or whatsoever and pay for all equipment just like anybody else.

Table of contents

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I think it is needed to share all knowledge. And to invite you to use all information on my blogs. For free, of course. #payitforward.

Click here for the high quality PDF to view on a mobile phone, or perhaps to share on WhatsApp with family.

All diagrams in this video are created with the free, open-source application WordPress is not capable of processing this file format, so sent me a message to receive it.

Special thanks

General parts

Purpose of this series

The idea of the diabetic patient as a crisis manager is outdated. Using a ‘Do It Yourself Artificial Pancreas System’ (DIY APS), you have less to worry about and can achieve a higher quality of life for yourself and your caregivers. When appropriately configured, the diabetic person may have a healthy HBA1C value. You can start today!

Our blog series is called ‘our journey: from pen therapy to AndroidAPS, a DIY APS’. This T1D series aims to inform the world on current technical possibilities to bring down the effort on (daily) diabetes management activities and be healthier long term.

Follow this blog series to see how you can make a step-by-step shift from pen therapy to a ‘Do It Yourself Artificial Pancreas System’ (DIY APS). A similar project for Apple smartphones is called Loop project. Welcome to the future.

About the author

I am Peter, a millennial born in 1984, living in The Netherlands, and I hope someone will find a cure for type 1 diabetes (T1D) fast. Both of our lives have rapidly changed since my girlfriend got the T1D-diagnose. I became involved as a volunteer on the AndroidAPS project. I commit my IT Service Delivery Management passion to a more comfortable and healthier diabetes life because of all automation possible since 2013. As a professional, I feel comfortable delivering value, overseeing all components while managing staff and costs.

Need some help?

The diabetes community develops all DIY APS possibilities since 2013. Volunteers make the most effort in the online DIY APS community through a pay-it-forward mechanism. Each participant/volunteer has severe perseverance and the will to contribute to the community in their field of knowledge. Please feel free to contact me on whatever related question you may have and request membership in Facebook groups AndroidAPSUsers / TheLoopedGroup / xDrip. Happy to help!

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