Closed-loop Insulin Systems for Type 1 Diabetes
Innovative closed-loop systems to control blood sugars and help people with type 1 diabetes live better lives.
The London Diabetes Centre offers revolutionary hybrid and fully closed-loop systems for managing your type 1 diabetes. The system, also called an artificial pancreas, has long been a dream and is now a reality, taking decision making on dosing away from the patient and helping improve the percentage time with a normal glucose while reducing stress.
The London Diabetes Centre uses the CamAPS® FX, which harnesses the latest technology to manage your diabetes, protect against long term complications and safeguard your future health. This is a paid app which we are able to set up for you to work in tandem with the hybrid closed loop system.
What is a closed-loop system?
A closed-loop system uses a smartphone app to automatically adjust the insulin delivery on your pump based on the glucose readings from a continuous glucose sensor.
CamAPS® FX runs on Android devices. It is designed to adapt to your needs. The intelligent system learns from your readings and adjusts according to your insulin requirements. However, you also have the freedom to change settings when required.
The system has been comprehensively tested and is approved for use in the UK and across the European Union. Clinical trials have demonstrated that closed-loop insulin delivery provides better control, a reduced HbA1c, fewer low and high glucose spikes, and improved wellbeing for people whose diabetes control is sub-optimal
Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) and closed-loop systems
Continuous glucose monitoring or CGM automatically measures your blood sugar levels every few minutes, day and night. Finger-prick tests give a snap-shot of your blood glucose. CGM provides a fuller picture, even when you're asleep.
CamAPX FX is compatible with the Dexcom G6, continuously measuring your glucose levels and sends data wirelessly to your smartphone through a transmitter. CGM can provide real-time, around-the-clock information about your glucose levels so that the closed-loop system can adjust the insulin your pump releases.
Insulin pumps and closed-loop systems
An insulin pump is a battery-operated device that delivers small amounts of insulin into the bloodstream twenty-four hours a day. CamAPX FX is compatible with the Dana Diabecare RS insulin pump, one of the world's smallest and lightest pumps. The pump is attached to your body by a tiny tube, called a cannula, inserted just under the skin.
Your pump will work with the closed-loop system to provide the insulin your body needs, 24 hours a day. It can allow you to take control of your diabetes and live life to the full. The London Diabetes Centre provides expert assessment, cutting-edge pumps and the education needed to ensure you can use the pump and CamAPX FX effectively.
Before your appointment at The London Diabetes Centre, the team will ask you to complete a questionnaire. This helps the team understand your current insulin regime, the way you test your glucose, and your knowledge about diet, carbs and their impact on your insulin needs.
The questionnaire is not an examination that you pass or fail. It's simply a way for your team to target your training so that you receive the very best care and support. The team will ensure you receive the training time you need and will adapt the number of appointments to fit in with your schedule and your level of understanding.
Frequently Asked Questions
Closed-loop delivery is particularly helpful if you are struggling to achieve your blood glucose targets, have an unpredictable lifestyle, are pregnant, experience regular hypos, or get high glucose levels in the early mornings, the so-called 'dawn effect.' It may also appeal to those who want more freedom from the continual supervision that Type 1 diabetes requires.
The CamAPS FX app is licensed to help manage glucose levels in people with type 1 diabetes, aged one year and older. However, the CGM device is not approved for individuals under two years of age, so The London Diabetes Centre recommends closed-loop delivery for adults and children over 2.