How the Diabits App Helped Jenn
Jenn has type I diabetes. In 2016, she experienced a critical low while she was alone in her dorm.
Jenn was a student at the University of British Columbia, enjoying student life. One weekend, she was relaxing on her couch and had unintentionally put pressure on her continuous glucose monitor (CGM). The CGM was reading her blood sugar incorrectly and failed to alert her to a low.
Feeling that her blood sugar was low, Jenn got up to have a snack, but it was too late. She felt light headed, fell, and hit her head on the coffee table.
Jenn was unconscious for two hours before being found and taken to the hospital. Another hour and Jenn could have died. Though she recovered, Jenn had to spend two days in the hospital. The incident was a significant blow to her confidence and independence.
We met Jenn two weeks after the incident. Shaken by her critical low, Jenn had kept her blood sugar high by delivering less insulin, damaging her body in the long run. She needed a solution that could help her identify lows before they occurred, and give her confidence to keep her blood sugar in range again.
Jenn uses the Diabits app to spot lows using her estimated future blood sugar values and notifications, and to keep her parents in the loop using the follower feature.
Jenn's Glucose Improvement
Before using the Diabits app, Jenn did not have the confidence to keep her blood sugar in a safe range, and her blood sugar was high all the time.
After using the Diabits app, Jenn could see where her blood sugar was headed, and was confident in knowing that she would not go low.
Jenn increased her time in range, and reduced her blood sugar variability and HbA1c using the Diabits app.
HbA1c measures long term buildup of sugar in your blood. A high HbA1c correlates with kidney damage, liver failure, blindness and loss of limbs. Typically, a person with type 1 diabetes will target an HbA1c of 6.5%. Using the Diabits app you can reduce HbA1c by 0.5% to 0.9% on average.
Time in Range
Time in range is how long you stay within your target blood sugar range throughout the day. Staying within range helps to limit complications from lows like loss of consciousness, and from highs like diabetic ketoacidosis. Typically, a person with diabetes will aim to keep their blood sugar in range for 15 hours of the day, or more. Using the Diabits app you can increase your time in range by 1 hour and 31 minutes on average.
Variability is how much your blood sugar fluctuates due to food, insulin, and activity. The more variable your blood sugar is, the more likely it is that you are over-correcting and over-controlling. Using the Diabits app to see where your blood sugar is headed, allows you to make smaller and less frequent corrections, and reduce your variability by up to 17%.