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Apr 30, 2019 18:44:05


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Among the many tools available for blood sugars monitoring, one is a CGM. Continuous glucose monitoring is a device attached to the person via an injection applied once a week. The device communicates by Bluetooth to provide glucose readings every 5-6 minutes. This provides a lot of data to diabetics so they can understand what is affecting their sugars. The list of variables include food, exercise, stress, infections etc. 

Another benefit is the alarm on the device. These alarms can alert you if your sugars are high or low. So you can get alerts in the middle of the night and do whatever you need to do to. These alarms have saved lives many times over. 

xDrip was created by a group of diabetics (and family) who wanted to have continuous monitoring on their phone. The company that made CGMs kept promising to release a version for the phone but took too long. There were parent, spouses and diabetics who wanted the control of using their phones to monitor their sugars. When they got tired of waiting, they got together and created xDrip - absolutely free and made it available for us.  

The xDrip was created by the power of the 'WHY'. 

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    @keni - even if the device isn't perfect yet, it raises awareness around each person's blood sugar and can't help but be a great reminder to the serious nature of chemistry and the importance of good monitoring. Thanks for sharing.

    Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | May 02, 2019 07:02:30
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      @brianball - You are welcome. It is serious and continuous monitoring is the best way to see what affects the sugars.

      Keni avatar Keni | May 04, 2019 21:02:41
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    @keni This is a great story about ingenuity meeting a genuine need. When it comes to health products, we rely on the rigorous testing and sometimes government approval in order to trust the products. xDrip sounds like it is just relaying the data from the CGM, but how confident are you that all the features work flawlessly for such important data? In other words, do you still rely on the CGM primarily and use xDrip as.a back-up? I think we are going to see more and more solutions in the health space created with the power of "WHY," which is great but also scary considering the accuracy and protections we need around health data.

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | May 01, 2019 04:44:37
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      @brandonwilson - You are right - these devices have a very narrow margin of error due to the level of risk. The xDrip is only a reader of the blue tooth. Even with the CGM, the advice is to double check the reading with a blood check before taking any action especially for the highs. But yes the xDrip is a backup and more importantly useful for family/friends/people who are not near the device(meaning not the diabetic themselves). The information can be shared with multiple people using the xDrip so for parents and spouses - its very useful.
      The features don't work perfectly.. I was just surprised at the determination of the people that made it and the complexity of the product itself - for free.

      Keni avatar Keni | May 01, 2019 09:08:06
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      @keni Ok now I understand how it works. What a great solution.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | May 01, 2019 06:56:28
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    so it provides glucose readings? Does it also just administer the insulin itself based on these readings?

    Abe avatar Abe | May 01, 2019 13:23:43
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      @abrahamKim - Just readings. The device will need to have many complex parts before a closed system is possible. This is basically a blue tooth reader with additional features.

      Keni avatar Keni | May 01, 2019 09:10:49
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      Btw I asked you once before but never got a reply. Would you be wanting to share your GCM numbers somewhere online? Is there like social media for this?

      Abe avatar Abe | May 04, 2019 11:06:08
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      @abrahamKim - Apologies - I dont remember seeing the question before.

      Yes the company allows you to attach the device on a computer to generate many reports that you can share with whoever you want but mostly it is with your doctor. You use that to come up with adjustments and recommendations on what to do for better control.

      On social media, people share when they have a proud day or if they have a question about something specific... not all the numbers for days on end.

      Keni avatar Keni | May 04, 2019 21:05:04
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      Would you want to share yours days on end?

      I've always looked for an open source repository of ppls blood suggar but can never find anyone who just publishes it openly

      Abe avatar Abe | May 05, 2019 13:14:13
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      @abrahamKim - Sure. I can.

      Keni avatar Keni | May 05, 2019 07:21:25
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      does xdrip have some kind of interface to let that happen easily?

      Abe avatar Abe | May 05, 2019 13:23:03
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      @abrahamKim - yes I haven't shared with anyone else so I don't know how that works but I wouldn't want to share that way either. I can send you like a week's worth of data in an Excel file or something thru email.
      But I am curious - what would you want to do with it? Term paper or just curiosity?

      Keni avatar Keni | May 05, 2019 18:37:46
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      Curiosity! And would love it via excel!

      Abe avatar Abe | May 06, 2019 00:55:34
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