Re: [IPk] Near-continuous monitoring of something that isn't blood glucose
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- Subject: Re: [IPk] Near-continuous monitoring of something that isn't blood glucose
- From: Pat Reynolds <email @ redacted>
- Date: Wed, 9 Jul 2008 22:07:28 +0100
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Thanks for the idea of using 'glucose' rather than 'something that isn't
blood glucose' (well, Duh!). Is it still 'near'? If so, personally, I
might think of it as (n)CGM - and at least I'll be getting the three
vital letters, which have otherwise failed to stick, so far.
As my own recent pump-stupidity shows, it is very easy to use technology
badly, and the more I have learned about research suggests to me that
many medical trials are fatally flawed in their assumptions. For
example, I came across a conference poster the other night which looked
at the carb/insulin ratios set on Cosmo pumps returned to the
manufacturer. Guess what: the curve is not normal, with 10/1 being far
to often represented, and 11/1 very rare. Bother, I SAVED that, and now
cannot find it.
The Great Physician smiled at me indulgently when I said I didn't need a
consultant, I needed a medical statistician. I've got quite proficient
with SPSS (a statistical package for social scientists) over the past
few years, and realise more than ever what I don't know about
statistics. I DO NOT NEED TO SEE A DSN WHO DOES NOT KNOW THE DIFFERENCE
BETWEEN MEAN AND MODE, I need to see a statistician. Or rather, I don't
actually need to see them. I just need to email them my data, have them
do their thing, and come up with suggestions which I can then trial.
With CGM, I am now at the point where I think the bet that I will
benefit financially from investing in one is good (i.e. extra earning
years!), but I'm still reluctant to do this in case I am one of those
people who simply cannot get on with the things. So I'll do as you
suggest and see if I can get a trial from a manufacturer.
It may look messy now ...
... but just you come back in 500 years time (T. Pratchett).
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