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Old 02-11-2017, 12:27   #1
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I am an old newby - 80 yrs old, type one for52 years. Tandem t:slim pump, Dexcom G4 with share, A1C 5.6, no complications. I don't feel 80 - I feel 18, but I have to face reality.
I'm thinking of building a Loop system, so doing a lot of research
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Welcome to the forum, George. Ain't it great to feel so good? You must be feeling good, because it seems only the young kids have all the tech savvy.

I'm a young (61) type 2 not on insulin, but I would be willing to bet you have lots of experience that will benefit anyone with diabetes. Very glad you joined us, and can't wait to hear about your learnings.

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Old 02-13-2017, 22:21   #3
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Hi George - welcome. I'm neither old enough nor young enough (okay, nor smart enough) to know what a loop system is. But am curious!

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I probably am not smart enough either, but my curiosity is up, and I want to try. A loop system connects your insulin pump with your CGM (continuous glucose monitor like Dexcom). Programming instructions are fed to the pump to attempt good blood sugar control automatically. This is probably not a good description, but I am googling and learning. ��

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Hi George!

I'm also on the t:slim+dexcom combo. :-) I didn't realize that you could loop with newer pumps? Or are you looking to get an older medtronic to play with?

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Yes, my endo let me borrow an old medtronic 723 with the right parameters, but I'm just beginning to learn about all this stuff - some of the commercial endeavors may be finished before I am. ��

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Nice! I do wonder what will happen to OpenAPS and Loop when these older pumps stop working. It doesn't seem like any of the pumps currently available on the market have been reverse engineered yet.

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I have wondered this also - I would think that some of these super smart folks would have figured a way to reverse engineer some of the modern pumps like Tandem. It must be extremely difficult, however, because Asanta recently closed its doors and stopped making the Snap pump. Bigfoot Biomedics was working on a closed loop system, and they bought the Snap rather than engineer a new pump. So, pump engineering must be pretty difficult.

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Hi George.

Just wanted to say welcome to the forum. (You are way too high-tech for my feeble brain.)

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It's a matter how how hard/easy the pump manufacturer makes it to reverse engineer. The early pumps were figured out quickly, and I would guess that in response, the manufacturers have upped their game. They don't see it as a positive, and most likely would call the "reverse engineering" ... "hacking" instead.

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