DIY diabetes technologyWednesday, 22 August 2018
Today Diabetes Australia released a new position statement ‘People with type 1 diabetes and Do It Yourself (DIY) technology solutions’ in response to the growing number of people using DIY diabetes technology systems to help manage their type 1 diabetes.
These DIY technologies that are being used by people with type 1 diabetes that are not approved for use by regulatory bodies, such as the Therapeutic Goods Association (TGA). These technologies are not commercially available and are built by individuals with diabetes for their own use. The position statement is written for people living with diabetes (and families of people living with diabetes) to provide background information on Do It Yourself (DIY) technologies, the potential risks and benefits of using these technologies, and what people should expect from healthcare professionals in supporting their use.
Diabetes Australia does not endorse these technologies for people with diabetes; they are not approved technologies and are highly experimental. Any person using a DIY technology solution does so at their own risk.
However if a person with type 1 diabetes (or a parent or family member) chooses to build a DIY system, they must continue to receive support and care from their diabetes healthcare professional and the health system.
This position statement provides general information. Diabetes Australia is not endorsing or recommending any of the DIY technologies discussed in this position statement.