David Burren

Dexcom G6 warmup

The Dexcom G6 CGM is very convenient in the way it rarely needs calibrations. However it’s not perfect. We provide a sensor code so the system knows which of 15 “batches” this sensor is part of, and this guides the auto-calibration. The transmitter takes a while for “warmup”, and then starts giving us numbers. But …

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Insulin Pump Choices update – April 2022

The pump options in Australia keep evolving, and it’s time for an update of two articles on this site: Insulin Pump Choices Tandem’s introduction of Control-IQ. Sundry tweaks to the entries for other pumps. Equil (not available in Australia) Closed-loop pumps in Australia The DIY options have not changed significantly recently, but there have been …

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Feral diabetes

This article isn’t touching on technology so much as basic language. The way in which people talk about our diabetes can cause a lot of unnecessary friction. “Control”? Often we hear references to our “diabetes control”. “[your] diabetes is well-controlled.” “[…] poorly controlled”. “[…] uncontrolled”. “How has your diabetes control been?” Usually this language comes …

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We can’t manage what we don’t measure

The quote “You can’t manage what you can’t measure” is usually attributed to Peter Drucker. I prefer the variant “You can’t manage what you don’t measure.” For such a data-driven condition as diabetes, this seems very apt. This touches a little on my observations from my previous articles such as “Finding insights from CGM data” …

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