Hybrid closed-loop system for pregnant women with type 1 diabetes during pregnancy
Prof Eleanor Scott, of University of Leeds, said: “This is the good news that pregnant women with type 1 diabetes and NHS maternity services have been waiting for. It is great to see advances in diabetes technology come to fruition and deliver such improvements for pregnancy. Having recently successfully implemented continuous glucose monitoring uniformly across the NHS in England to improve mother and baby outcomes for pregnant women with type 1 diabetes, we are now well positioned for a similar roll out of hybrid closed loop to improve the situation further.”
Researchers noted some limitations to the study, including that the research was too small for a detailed examination of baby health outcomes, and that their results are specific to the CamAPS technology, so cannot be compared to other closed-loop systems, with higher blood sugar targets, that may not be applicable for use during pregnancy.
Nina Willer, who participated in the study, said: “Since starting on hybrid closed-loop and receiving the incredible support throughout my pregnancy I have felt so much more confident in myself and engaged in my diabetes.
“A couple of weeks after starting on hybrid closed-loop I was speaking to my mum about it and she burst into tears with joy. She said she has been praying every day for 17 years for a cure, and this is our cure. I definitely feel the same. This is absolutely life-changing, not just for me, but for my children. I am more present, I have more time to play and engage and less time saying ‘hang on, mummy needs a snack’. My husband says he can sleep safe in the knowledge I will wake up the next morning and my mum can finally exhale.
“I still have to think about my diabetes, but for once it is not at the forefront of my mind all day every day. For me it is like being on autopilot. I am very much in control, but I can relax and enjoy my day while the app does all the hard work for me.
“I am forever grateful for the care I received and the technology that was made available to me, and excited for the future of diabetes!”
Read the report in New England Journal of Medicine
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