For people new to the Diabetes lingo
CGM = Continuous Glucose Monitor
LGS = Low Glucose Suspend
AP = Artificial Pancreas
D = Diabetes
As many people are aware, us Australian's are lucky to have two of the most advanced pumps available - Medtronic Veo and the Animas Vibe. There is one thing that sets the Veo and Vibe apart is one thing and that's Low Glucose Suspend. I may not have the most positive experiences with Medtronic (here , here and here ) but I do know that I trust my pump enough to handle my life. And I am glad I did at those times.
Since taking Medtronic up on their offer of a very cheap CGM starter kit and using CGM, It's caught many of my lows in the night that I don't usually wake up to! And the good thing is they never made me high the next morning. Always woke up around 8 mmol/L (144 mg/dL) after a LGS event. I'm happy with that considering what the alternative was! I would go as far to say that it's an early version of the AP. After all it does take over control just like the AP is designed to operate. Medtronic's new Veo successor is meant to have Low Prediction Suspend which suspends, you guessed it, when a low is predicted. I know I am not scared of this but I know many people are about a pump taking over even more function of D care. I see it as taking a small but crucial "break" from D management which takes some of the burden off. By no means is LGS supposed to constantly catch lows but its there for those moments when things do down hill and you least expect it. Think of it like a security blanket. You hope you never have to use it but it's there. I'm excited to see what the future brings and I sure hope it's not a Medtronic patent like LGS is! But of coarse money is always an issue. Take Australia for an example. Not a single private health insurer will cover CGM technology and our government and associated agencies see CGM technology as a luxury rather than a tool. An AP system will be useless if no one can access it. Just sit on that thought.
For me the closed loop is achieved. It's somewhere where I never thought would of been possible. What ever happens from here on is a bonus. I can't wait for the AP though!