CHOOSING A NEW INSULIN PUMP! // t:slim X2 vs. Medtronic 670g

CHOOSING A NEW INSULIN PUMP! // t:slim X2 vs. Medtronic 670g

January 16, 2020 100 By Jose Scott


Hey guys! My name’s Michelle and I’ve had
type 1 diabetes for over 15 years, and this is a diabetes lifestyle channel, so if you
are new here, definitely hit that subscribe button and also click the notification bell
so that you know whenever I post a diabetes related video! Today, I’m actually doing a
tech video which is not common for me to do. I’m going to be talking about two awesome
pumps on the market, the medtronic 670g and the t:slim X2 by Tandem, and doing a basic
comparison of their features for you guys. And I’m going to do my best to channel my
inner Nerdabetic in this video and do a good job for you guys. If you saw my diabetes technology
video that I posted a few weeks ago, I was talking about how my insulin pump here is
quite old, it’s actually over warranty, and how I was waiting for new pumps to become
available in Canada before I made my decision on my next pump. Well, literally less than
two weeks after I posted that video, two new insulin pumps were approved in Canada, which
is crazy, I mean what are the odds of that?! For a really long time now the only choice
for pumps in Canada has been the Medtronic 630g and the Omnipod, so now the selection
is significantly bigger. And since my pump is out of warranty I’ve been doing quite a
bit of research on which pump I want to go with next. I’ve really been looking into the
two new pumps that were just approved in Canada, which are the Medtronic 670g and the t:slim
X2 by Tandem. Since I’ve already been reading up on these pumps for my own knowledge, I
thought I would share what I found with you guys, incase any of you fellow Canadians out
there are interested in hearing about the new pumps to Canada, or if any one else anywhere
in the world is interested in going on one of these pumps in the future. This video is
not sponsored by either of these pump companies, this is just information that I have found
from reading online. I have also not personally tried either of these pumps, so if you have
tried either of these pumps please leave your personal experience in the comments section
down below because not only is it helpful for me, but it’s helpful for other type 1
diabetics browsing the comments section. The first pump we’re gonna talk about is the Medtronic
670g. The Medtronic 670g is the first hybrid closed loop system and it has some cool features.
The coolest one would be auto mode, which is where your pump automatically adjusts your
basal rate every 5 minutes based on the reading from your continuous glucose monitor, which
is the Guardian Sensor 3 for this pump. This helps your blood sugar stay in target range
and helps to prevent some highs and some lows. So pretty much what happens is it gives more
insulin if you blood sugar is high and gives less insulin if your blood sugar is low. Another
great feature of this pump is suspend before low, which will stop your basal insulin up
to 30 minutes before reaching your low threshold, and then it will resume insulin delivery once
you are recovering, and this will help prevent rebounds from low blood sugar. As I said before,
this pump uses the Guardian Sensor 3 from Medtronic and it’s compatible with the Contour
Next Link Glucometer. It is waterproof, uses AA batteries, and can store 300 units of insulin.
Those are the facts of this pump, now lets talk about the pros and cons. And I just want
to totally put this out there, these are my personal pros and cons. Not everyone’s going
to agree with this, so if you don’t agree with my pros and cons and you have different
pros and cons of either of these insulin pumps I’m mentioning in this video, please put your
pros and cons in the comments section because it is so helpful for people when they are
trying to decide on a new insulin pump. So for the Medtronic 670g, I think my pros would
be the two features of this pump, so the auto mode and the suspend before low. I think those
are very advanced features that would help with blood glucose control. In my opinion,
the cons of this pump would be that the auto mode and the suspend before low relies on
the readings of your continuous glucose monitor, but according to the Medtronic website, the
Guardian Sensor 3 continuous glucose monitor should be calibrated 3-4 times a day to optimize
sensor accuracy. And to me, 3-4 calibrations a day is a little bit much for a continuous
glucose monitor. Another thing is the Medtronic CGMs don’t have data sharing so this might
be a problem for children if they want to share their continuous glucose monitor data
with their parents. You can’t really do that with this sensor. Other than that, this seems
to be a pretty good pump! Now onto the next pump, the t:slim X2 by Tandem. So the t:slim
X2 is a pretty sleek pump, and it has an awesome feature Basal IQ. Basal IQ technology is a
software feature on the t:slim X2 that allows for insulin delivery suspension when low glucose
is predicted from Dexcom G6 readings, then automatically resumes insulin delivery once
you are recovering, preventing those nasty post-low blood sugar spikes. I should mention
that initially, Canada will not be getting the Basal IQ feature on their t:slim X2. This
is because we don’t have the G6 here yet. So the t:slim X2 with Basal IQ uses the G6,
and the t:slim X2 without Basal IQ uses the G5. So overall when we get the t:slim to Canada,
initially we will not have this basal IQ feature. But it will just be a matter of a simple software
update to get Basal IQ once the G6 does become available in Canada. T:slim waterproof, it
stores up to 300 units of insulin, and it is USB charged. Those are my facts now lets
get on to my pros and cons. My pros for this pump would definitely be the size it’s pretty
small and sleek, and it’s definitely smaller than the Medtronic 670g. I will write the
dimensions in the description box below. I also really like how it compatible with the
Dexcom because I’ve personally been using the Dexcom for about 3 years now, and I’m
just in love with it, and it would be nice to continue using it. My con for this pump
would be that it doesn’t have auto mode like the 670g, so it wouldn’t automatically adjust
your basal rates like the 670g would. Overall I think these are both great options, and
I’m honestly grateful to have these option available to me in Canada. I really hope that
this video gave you kind of a basic idea for the features of these pumps and how they’re
different from each other. For my Canadian viewer out there, these pumps are approved
but they’re not available yet because that is a process in its own. So definitely stay
in touch with your diabetes education team because they will be the first ones to be
notified once the pumps are available. Also, stay tuned to this channel because I will
try to notify you and keep you guys updated with the status of these pumps. As for what
pump I’m planning on switching to, you will have to stay tuned. Thank you guys so much
for watching and for supporting this channel. It means the world to me. I will see you next
time. Bye!