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Unsupervised home use of an overnight closed-loop system over 3-4 weeks: A pooled analysis of randomized controlled studies in adults and adolescents with type 1 diabetes

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H Thabit, D Elleri, L Leelarathna, J M Allen, A Lubina-Solomon, M Stadler, E Walkinshaw, A Iqbal, P Choudhary, M E Wilinska, K D Barnard, S R Heller, S A Amiel, M L Evans, D B Dunger, R Hovorka

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)452-458
Number of pages7
Issue number5
Early online date9 Jan 2015
Accepted/In press4 Dec 2014
E-pub ahead of print9 Jan 2015
Published1 May 2015

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© 2014 The Authors. Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.


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AIMS: To compare overnight closed-loop and sensor-augmented pump therapy in patients with type 1 diabetes by combining data collected during free-living unsupervised randomized crossover home studies.

METHODS: A total of 40 participants with type 1 diabetes, of whom 24 were adults [mean ± standard deviation (s.d.) age 43 ± 12 years and glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c) 8.0 ± 0.9%] and 16 were adolescents (mean ± s.d. age 15.6 ± 3.6 years and HbA1c 8.1 ± 0.8%), underwent two periods of sensor-augmented pump therapy in the home setting, in combination with or without an overnight closed-loop insulin delivery system that uses a model predictive control algorithm to direct insulin delivery. The order of the two interventions was random; each period lasted 4 weeks in adults and 3 weeks in adolescents. The primary outcome was time during which sensor glucose readings were in the target range of 3.9-8.0 mmol/l.

RESULTS: The proportion of time when sensor glucose was in the target range (3.9-8.0 mmol/l) overnight (between 24:00 and 08:00 hours) was 18.5% greater during closed-loop insulin delivery than during sensor-augmented therapy (p < 0.001). Closed-loop therapy significantly reduced mean overnight glucose levels by 0.9 mmol/l (p < 0.001), with no difference in glycaemic variability, as measured by the standard deviation of sensor glucose. Time spent above the target range was reduced (p = 0.001), as was time spent in hypoglycaemia (<3.9 mmol/l; p = 0.014) during closed-loop therapy. Lower mean overnight glucose levels during closed-loop therapy were brought about by increased overnight insulin delivery (p < 0.001) without changes to the total daily delivery (p = 0.84).

CONCLUSION: Overnight closed-loop insulin therapy at home in adults and adolescents with type 1 diabetes is feasible, showing improvements in glucose control and reducing the risk of nocturnal hypoglycaemia.

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