The Paradigm Veo is the world’s first insulin pump equipped with a Low Glucose Suspend (LGS) function, offering automatic protection from severe hypoglycaemia.
Hypoglycaemia can be one of the most frightening aspects of living with diabetes. And many people also find it extremely difficult to predict – and therefore almost impossible to avoid. While there are several causes for hypoglycaemia to consider, one can be if your body receives too much insulin. Enhancements to features like the Bolus Wizard taking 'active insulin' into account in calculating a bolus can help. But it is vitally important to make sure you are not delivering too much insulin to your body when your glucose levels are already low. Unfortunately, this can be easier said than done, both for pumpers and those using multiple daily injections (MDI).
Imagine, for example, that your glucose level is beginning to fall. The Paradigm Veo can recognise this using the CGM function of the pump and will sound an alert to warn you. You can then act on this to prevent a hypoglycaemic event. However, if you have not responded to this alert and the CGM recognises a dangerously low glucose level, another warning will sound. If, however, you are unable to respond to the warning for some reason, the Paradigm Veo acts quickly to suspend insulin delivery for two hours, helping to prevent the hypoglycemic event from becoming any more harmful.
This new feature can really help you to put the fear of hypoglycaemia and severe hypoglycaemic excursions firmly behind you - whether its nocturnal hypoglycemia that worries you, hypo unawareness, or just the nature of your glucose patterns.
Eventually, Medtronic hopes to develop a fully-automatic product that will function exactly like a healthy pancreas – monitoring glucose levels and delivering the right amount of insulin without any user intervention whatsoever. We have been working towards this for a long time, and are continuing with our efforts - but with the Paradigm Veo we are excited to have taken a huge stride in the right direction towards ‘Closing the Loop’23.
Note - the Low Glucose Suspend feature is only available on the Paradigm Veo model insulin pump, and can only be active when the CGM function of the pump is being used.