David Kliff, co-founder and CEO of The Diabetes Way has been using Insulet's new Omnipod 5 insulin pump system. Read his candid review and the impact the system is having on his diabetes management. As they say, sometimes silence is golden!
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OPTIONSNow before I go any further let me state there are two other hybrid systems available on the market today, the Control IQ from Tandem and the 780G developed by Medtronic. Although I have not used either system, word on the street is that Control IQ is getting rave reviews from users while the Medtronic system less so. Without an abundance of useless technical jargon, the biggest difference between the Omnipod 5 and the other two options is that the Omnipod system is tubeless.
SOUNDS OF SILENCEThe first and most noticeable difference between my new 5 system and my previous Omniod Dash version, is the lack of alarms. I became so used to my CGM alarming – telling me I was high or worse going low – they just became part of my daily life. This lack of noise was astonishing as I literally kept checking my phone to make sure I was in range. I wasn’t used to such silence.
Even better, since starting the 5, I have had just two- yes just TWO- treatable and mild hypoglycemic events. This for any person with Type 1 diabetes is pretty amazing- and for me in particular just crazy wonderful.
I have never been that worried about when I am high, as I can adjust for that as needed, lows however, are different, and in severe cases they can even be life threatening.
The fact that this system can detect and prevent lows has made me more aggressive in managing my diabetes.
ALIEN OR INSULIN PUMP?Want more good news, the system learns. Simply put, the longer I use it the better it gets to
know me and therefore adjusts how it doses insulin to meet my needs. Again, without getting overly technical, the insulin dosing algorithm is somewhat like a supercomputer. This might date me a little but in the movie War Games, the supercomputer named Joshua uses its artificial intelligent to learn, this is what the Omnipod 5 does.