Testing continues. And this time I mean it.

I promised more about this when/if it actually happened, so here it is: I began my participation in a new clinical trial on Monday.

I’m not permitted to say much about it right now. It’s a 32 day clinical trial testing a new continuous glucose monitor (CGM). I’m basically wearing the current version of the CGM that’s available to consumers today for the length of the trial. For about a week during this process, I’ll be wearing the new, investigative, not-yet-available-to-the-public version. There’s also an outpatient visit with the research team that will involve, among other things, intentionally inducing both hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia. Under professional medical supervision, of course. This ain’t Flatliners, man. That will happen in about two weeks.

The interesting thing about this CGM trial is that it could definitely have implications for artificial pancreas testing. More to be revealed on that as soon as I can reveal it.

Even though I was bummed about testing out of an artificial pancreas trial, and this opportunity sort of feels like a “lovely parting gift, thank you for playing”, it’s still great that I can participate in this kind of research. Testing the latest CGM technology? Check. Helping AP testing move forward (I hope)? Check. Helping to make things better for People With Diabetes? Check. What more could I ask for?

Whether I play a large or small role in research, what’s important to me is that I help move the needle each time I participate, even if that’s just a little bit each time. When I have more to tell, and I’m allowed to tell it, I’ll let you know.
 
 
 

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  • xxlovelylizxx  On October 23, 2013 at 10:34 am

    That’s very exciting stuff. I look forward to hearing more about it, when you are allowed to talk about it. 🙂

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  • scully  On October 23, 2013 at 11:20 am

    I’d love to partake in a clinical trial. I like the idea of being a guinea pig for something. I’m glad you’re sharing!

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  • Jessi  On October 23, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    Bummer that you couldn’t do the artificial pancreas test. I’d love to do that!!! CGM clinical trial sounds amazing! I’d love to have the opportunity to participate in something but there really is nothing ever in my city.

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    • StephenS  On October 24, 2013 at 1:24 pm

      Jessi, I took a look, and it appears that Washington U. does some diabetes-related studies. I couldn’t find any that were recruiting Type 1 adults right now, but you never know!

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  • Karen  On October 24, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Thank you so much for doing this! I look forward to hearing much more about it when you are able to share.

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  • Kelley  On October 30, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    How cool! I can’t wait to hear more about it 🙂

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  • surfacefine  On October 31, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Flatliners!! Ahhh I love it! Looking forward to the rest of the story (If you can tell us).

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    • StephenS  On October 31, 2013 at 2:30 pm

      Almost had something up yesterday about it, but had to postpone. Hopefully, next week!

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