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GlucoseTray. The blood sugar in the taskbar, discreetly

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*Accedendo e utilizzando GlucoseTray Configurator autorizzi DeeBee.it al trattamento dei dati ai soli fini statistici. DeeBee Italia non si assume nessuna responsabilità sulla bontà dei dati visualizzati. Il servizio potrebbe prevedere la raccolta di dati sensibili in forma assolutamente anonima. GlucoseTray è da considerarsi un progetto sperimentale e non dev'essere utilizzato per prendere decisioni terapeutiche. Prima di ogni trattamento medico, chiedere consiglio al proprio diabetologo di fiducia.
Questo progetto non è legato in alcun modo alla casa produttrice del vostro sensore glicemico.

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Dexcom G6 vs Eversense XL vs Dexcom G5. Part one.

We tested the two Dexcom top sensors and the Eversense implantable sensor. That's what happened.

Author: Mario Migliarese

Saturday is always my favorite day, working week ended, the prospect of a Sunday with my family. Perfect day to start the test. It will certainly be challenging, it will take great attention and spirit of observation, but I’m sure it will be worth it. I’ll use my faithful Eversense, Dexcom G5 and the latest arrival at Dexcom’s house, the long-awaited G6, at the same time. I had a little initial hiccup with the apps because I’m running everything on the same mobile phone.

Here they are, all together after a daring trip, in Italy and beyond. Eversense, already implanted on July 24 remains obviously in the arm, and I put the other two “guests” on the abdomen. One on each side, so to have an identical site for both of them.

Inserting the G6 is dramatically easier. One click and it’s done. Too bad there is still an impressive amount of plastic to dispose of, nothing to do with the other sensors. It is not to be underestimated, because in my opinion preserving the environment is very important.

To avoid early detachments, given my very busy lifestyle and the fairly old Dexcom G5, I preferred to use a veil of Mastisol to increase grip.

At first glance the G6 will last longer. As it was designed, very close to the patch and not tilting like its brothers born earlier, you can hardly get caught in the clothes. I may be used to Eversense, which once removed the transmitter is as if it were not there, but I must be very careful not to take the two Dexcom away drying after a shower or during a game.

I’m amazed by the initial alignment of the three sensors, I can’t believe the very few points of difference between the different technologies. I may seem exaggerated, but it’s really exciting:

Eversense: 127
Dexcom G5: 121
Dexcom G6:116

The dance of glycemic values begins to change pace when (on purpose) I eat a cookie in the middle of the morning. And this screen says it all.

Eversense: predictive warning of hyperglycemia
Dexcom G5: oblique arrow on rise
Dexcom G6: stable arrow

Eversense is immediately reactive in perceiving the ascents and descents, the G5 follows it closely and the G6 more slowly. But we’re talking about a few minutes, not more. And I don’t know if this could also depend on the sites where I inserted the two Dexcom.

But also between the two sensors of the house Dexcom I see differences: the G5 tends to be more “ready” to climb, while in the descents happens the opposite. The newcomer is more ready.

I noticed that the two Dexcom hold the rod a bit higher than Eversense, the values are a few points away, but up.

Glucometer: 110
Eversense: 106 (deviation from the glucometer: -3,5 %)
Dexcom G5: 120 (deviation from the glucometer: +9,0 %)
Dexcom G6: 134 (deviation from the glucometer: +21,8 %)

Undoubtedly, the juiciest observations are those related to out-of-range blood sugar levels. It’s interesting to see what happens during hypoglycaemias. So, I specially made a slightly abundant bolus (don’t do it!). Here is the result:

Eversense: 66
Dexcom G5: 72
Dexcom G6: 66

Note: I have only calibrated Eversense and the Dexcom G5: seeing this precision is really amazing!

And if the blood sugar levels were acceptable during the day, on Saturday evening, thanks to a dinner with friends, a prolonged hyperglycemia put the whole system to a hard testing. I let you imagine a “singing” night between Dexcom alarms and Eversense vibrations. To preserve my nervous system, we decided to remove the alarms from the two different twins and have them followed at a distance by someone else on the DeeBee team. Sick common half jubilation? Was that the saying?

But I’ll talk about this sweet night concert in the next article…

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MiaoMiao ad its accessories: where to buy them? Use DeeBee.it coupons!

Those who follow our site assiduously, surely now know well the MiaoMiao: it is a small device (it is not the only one) that rests on the FreeStyle Libre “sensor”. In a nutshell, this device is able to transform the famous white button of Abbott in a CGM, giving it the ability to suddenly warn in case of hypo and hyperglycemia.

In addition to interfacing with the official app, MiaoMiao can be used with three apps that DeeBee.it has analyzed several times: xDrip+ and Glimp (Android), Spike (Apple).

Purchase of MiaoMiao

You can buy the device online, from the European Union, for a quick delivery, or directly from the manufacturer for a mini price. It is good to clarify one thing: whether you make a purchase across the border or you do it abroad, the MiaoMiao will be perfectly usable.

But DeeBee.it wants to surprise you, giving its readers a $10 coupon, spendable in the official store MiaoMiao.cool and a coupon with 10% discount spendable in the accessories store 3Diabetics.com!

Here is a list, constantly updated, of online stores, with their prices (shipping costs and coupons included) and shipping times (working days), from which you can buy the cat from the East.

Origine Prezzo* Consegna Sito
Italy 220 € R.D. ** Purchase
Spain (EU) 185 € 1-2 gg Purchase
Slovenia (EU) 180 € 3-5 gg Purchase
International 174 € 5-10 gg Purchase

* Indicative prices: Euro/Dollar exchange on the date of publication and our $10 coupon included.
** “Ready to Deliver”: Doesn’t specify how many days. According to the experiences reported by the users in the Italian group MiaoMiao the delivery times are variable.

The stated warranty of all the shops mentioned is that of the manufacturer, ie 1 year, although the minimum duration of the European warranty must be by law at least 24 months (2 years), except for certain special promotions.

Purchase of accessories

In addition to the MiaoMiao, are also available for purchase accessories, ranging from the armband, the shell that doesn’t use glue in case of allergy or redness, to stickers to make Libre the coolest button on the road!

Arm strap for MiaoMiao

There are several bands on the market, the cost of which varies between 20 and 30 €. Some are created with amateur materials, such as ABS and PLA, therefore less durable and that we do not feel like proposing. Still others with professional materials, as nylon, more resistant and not aggressive with the skin.

Bark Bark (use our Coupon)

Elastic band with minimal dimensions and various colors, which allows you to graft MiaoMiao inside by equipping it with loops.
PROS: elastic, also covers the Libre, size, color, material
CONS: size, band monochrome

MiaoMiao Holder

Band in white rubber material, particularly appreciated by those who are looking for a non-rigid solution.
PROS: ductility, also covers the Libre
CONS: generous size (including thickness)

Bark Mini (use our Coupon)

The smallest elastic band on the market. Various colours. Allows you to graft MiaoMiao inside it by equipping it with loops. Useful especially for those who are afraid to lose the MiaoMiao.
PROS: the smallest, colors, material
CONS: does not cover the Libre, necessary adhesive

MiaoMiaoFix

Elastic band in PLA material. Very good the presence of many colors, less good the resistance of this product, which is fragile and has two corners towards the middle of the shell at “risk of entanglement”.
PROS: many colors, colored bands
CONS: fragile, not perfectly smooth surface

Guardian

This band, is located halfway between the Bark Bark and the MiaoMiao Holder.
PRO: ductility of the material used (like MiaoMiao Holder)
CONS: narrow band, which gives a feeling of instability; very “massive” design

Solutions to avoid adhesives and allergies

In addition to the classic band, there are also some shells designed specifically to place MiaoMiao on top of the Libre without the use of glue or stickers. Here they are.

Kiwi (use our Coupon)

Particular nylon shell, widely used among the communities in the industry, has smooth walls and rounded edges. The main feature is to fit on the Libre, without glue or bands, keeping the MiaoMiao in place and protecting it.

Kiwi Slim (use our Coupon)

It uses the same principle as the Kiwi, but leaves the MiaoMiao exposed, allowing you to place the stickers on it, to give a touch of cheerfulness!

Stickers

In addition to the “useful” accessories for MiaoMiao, some shops specializing in accessories related to the aesthetics of the FreeStyle Libre have quickly flourished because, as always, the best solution is the one that can make an accessory more aesthetically pleasing to performers.

Pepmeup

German shop run by a girl with type 1 diabetes. Creates and sells stickers for sensors and readers FreeStyle Libre. The shop’s feminine and well-kept mould does not go unnoticed.

Coupon

By popular demand, here are the coupons that you can use on the sites MiaoMiao.cool and 3Diabetics.com, for the purchase of the following products:

  • MiaoMiao Reader
  • Bark Mini
  • Kiwi
  • Bark Bark
  • Kiwi Slim

TO GET DISCOUNTS
USE THIS COUPON:

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Other shops

Are you looking for stores that sell diabetes accessories? Check out Beezar, the DeeBee bazaar!

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Miao Miao: a promising reader for FreeStyle Libre in CGM

A new star shines in the sky of diabetes control devices.

Note. This article has been translated automatically. DeeBee.it is a No Profit Association and it’s looking for volunteers and translators. If you’re interested, write us: info@deebee.it
Thank you!

Close your eyes and think of a white cat. But only by name, because the product that we illustrate to you today is not in any way all sleep and melted, on the contrary.

We mentioned it briefly in our previous article, but now we see more closely this new solution to make Libre a sensor with continuous readings, alarms in case of hyper and hypoglycemia and remote vision. It comes from China and is a further evolution of BluCon, the Californian device that has made so much talk of itself.

Dimensions and weight

The challenge on the scale is all in favour of the newcomer: only 8 grams (0.018 Ib), against the 11 of BluCon (0.024 Ib) battery included.

Unlike other solutions, Miao Miao Miao does not stand on Libre, but simply sits on its side. And this choice allows a much smaller thickness but, above all, leaves the sensor free, without risking detachment or movements that can compromise the readings.

If the BluCon alone has a thickness of 0.39″ (to which you add almost 0.12″ of Libre), Miao Miao Miao measures almost half the size: only 0.30″. The new entry device, although less cumbersome than BluCon, is slightly longer: 1.50″ compared to 1.42″.

Hypermeability

Another advantage of the new born is the water resistance, with an IP67 class. This allows short dives and the possibility of glycemic monitoring even in the case of showers.

Battery

Unlike BluCon, Miao Miao, unlike BluCon, does not need to replace the batteries but requires charging by means of a special magnetic connector: the wallet thanks you. In addition, a skilful design and the use of Bluetooth protocol 4.0, give the device up to 14 days of autonomy that is equivalent to the duration of the Libre.

How to Order Miao Miao

My Miao Miao is orderable here at a cost of 595 yuan, which at today’s rate correspond to about 80 euros but, at present, the site is only available to Chinese users. In case you are an early adopter interested in buying, you could get help with the Google machine translation service (in the official page, however, only Chinese provinces are served). For the time being, the few units issued in Europe – including the one intended for our editorial staff – have been sent by the manufacturer for testing.  Shortly – the company tells us – Miao Miao Miao will also be able to order from Europe.

App

At the time we write, the official app of Miao Miao Miao has already been published, but currently only in Chinese language (the name could be Tomato, if a literal translation is made at the time of international release). In addition, both the “Apple team” of Spike and Android of xDrip are developing the interface to Miao Miao, as you can see also from this first print screen, taken from a device testing the green robot.

Conclusion

If in past years Nightscout has undeniably had the lion’s share of the innovation in unofficial diabetes, in this last year we are witnessing further significant steps forward and, in this panorama, we have the impression that Miao Miao will become a very bright star. Although it is really too early to reach objective conclusions, this Libre reader leaves us with a very good impression. The perceived build quality and the strong team behind the new project make us breathe a more professional air than the rivals. Will it be a true and lasting feeling? The next few weeks and the reactions of early testers including DeeBee. it, as well as the reactions of the first buyers, will give us further answers.

We would like to thank the young Kamil Armacki, a student at Manchester Metropolitan University Business School and followed by youtuber on his Diabetic Energetic channel for support and friendship. Thank you Kamil!

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Glimp for Web. From today also shared statistics with diabetes therapist and much more

This article has been translated with an automatic algorithm. We are looking for volunteers to translate our free services and articles into English. If you are interested, please contact us here: info@deebee.it.

Only two weeks have passed since our readers started using Glimp for Web, the latest project by DeeBee. it, the result of careful programming work that allows us to see the FreeStyle Libre sensor’s remote blood glucose in a completely new and extremely easy way. No complicated procedures, but a simple DropBox account and sensor values will be visible from any device.

The many suggestions and the great interest (more than 5000 accesses already made on the portal) have given a new boost to our accelerator. We have added new options and services, useful for both management and data sharing. Obviously, as always, the services are free and extremely simplified, in full DeeBee spirit.

Let’s see in detail what’s new!

Stats

A new button appears in the portal: statistics button. By pressing it, you access the dashboard that provides information about the patient’s blood sugar history.

Summary

The first information is shown on the summary table, which shows the most significant values: average blood glucose, median, percentages that indicate how long we have been in hypoglycemia and hyperglycaemia, standard deviation, and the inevitable glycemia estimated. All this, divided into three columns representing the short, medium and long term.

Distribution

The percentages that, remember, give us a relative representation of the period spent in the target, are then reported visually, through three cakes concerning the last week, the last month and the last quarter.

Percentages

Very useful for correcting both the basal bands (for microinfusions) and the boluses, they follow the three graphs that report the five significant percentiles: the band between 10° and 90° in light colour, the band between 25° and 75° darker and, finally, the demarcation line of the 50th percentile of blue colour. The closer and narrower the bands are, the more homogeneous the blood sugar management is with varying days; the more bands converge towards the blood sugar target, the better the management.

Sharing with diabetes therapist

With the new service, it is possible to share these statistics with your diabetologist: simply provide him with the user and password of his Glimp system (which is based on DropBox, of which we suggest the creation of an ad hoc user). In this case, the statistics will also be available to the doctor at the following address:

www.deebee.it/glimp?mode=stats

Variable range

If your therapy has different ranges, simply access the portal settings and change the hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia thresholds.

International unit of measurement

Given the increasing diffusion of DeeBee. it and Glimp, a final pleasant surprise concerns users from countries where blood glucose values expressed in milligrams per decilitre (mg/dL) are not used, as we do. Also among the settings, it is now possible to change the units of blood glucose measurement in millimoles per litre (mmol/L) which, let’s remember, is the one adopted by the International System and, as such, represents the reference standard worldwide. If mmol/L is selected, the statistics will also be redrawn in the new unit.

Future developments: translation (and the search for translators)

What will the future hold for us? Surely, the ability to view the portal of Glimp for Web also in other languages. We take advantage of this to remind you that on Deebee. it it is already possible to choose the language of view of our articles. To do this, simply choose the language from the side menu “drop-down” in the upper left corner. If you are reading from your smartphone, you can find the “curtain” scrolling towards the bottom.

Are you interested in joining us, helping us in translations? DeeBee. it is constantly looking for volunteers of any nationality who translate articles into their native language.

Please write to us at: info@deebee.it

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