Cyclist goes global
DESPITE living with type 1 diabetes, former Kent Street High School student David Nickels is one step closer to his dream of riding the Tour de France after joining a development team which will see him race across the world.
DAVID Nickels took part in an Australianfirst Predictive Low Glucose Management Trial for six months.
Dr Mary Abraham said the study focused on the prevention of hypoglycaemia (low blood glucose.)
“Hypo (low) is common in the day-to-day life of patients with type 1 diabetes and the symptoms of a low can be distressing, embarrassing and even rarely, at times, severe and life-threatening,” she said.
“The fear of going low prevents patients from improving their diabetes control, interferes with their daily activities and can affect quality of life in both patients and their parents/caregivers.
“Research targeting to reduce and prevent hypoglycaemia is an important tool to enable patients with type 1 diabetes to live more freely.”
Dr Abraham said the Predictive Low Glucose Management system is for patients on a Medtronic MiniMed 640G insulin pump and sensor.
“The system suspends insulin delivery in patients when sensor glucose predicts a low glucose.
“By shutting down insulin delivery, hypoglycaemia can be avoided.
“Initial hospital-based studies found that system prevented hypoglycaemia and following on this hospital-based research, we moved on to test the system in real life home trial.”
Dr Abraham said the current ongoing trial is designed to test the predictive low glucose system (also called suspend before low) in the Medtronic MiniMed 640G pump.
“We aim to recruit 175 participants across five centres. Participants are trained to use the Medtronic MiniMed 640G pump and sensors.” The study duration is for six months.
It is a multicentre study, with Princess Margaret Hospital as the lead site.
Professor Tim Jones, head of the endocrinology and diabetes department at PMH, is the chief investigator on the study.
The researchers on the Predictive Low Glucose Management Trial encouraged David to pursue his interest in professional cycling, which saw him secure an international contract to join Team NovoNordisk.
David Nickels speaks at the launch about his trial experience.