Day-and-night closed-loop in a broad population of pregnant women with type 1 diabetes: a randomized controlled crossover trial

Zoe A. Stewart, Malgorzata E. Wilinska, Sara Hartnell , Leanne K O’Neil, Gerry Rayman, Eleanor M. Scott, Katharine Barnard, Conor Farrington, Roman Hovorka, Helen R. Murphy

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE Despite advances in technology, optimal glucose control remains elusive and neonatal complications ubiquitous in type 1 diabetes (T1D) pregnancy. Our aim was to examine the safety, efficacy, and longer-term feasibility of day-and-night closed-loop insulin delivery. 
RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS We recruited 16 pregnant women (mean [SD]: age 32.8 [5.0] years, T1D duration 19.4 [10.2] years, HbA1c 8.0% [1.1%], BMI 26.6 [4.4] kg/m2) to an open-label, randomized, crossover trial. Participants completed 28 days of closed-loop and sensor-augmented pump (SAP) insulin delivery separated by a washout period. Afterward, participants could continue to use the closed-loop system up to 6 weeks postpartum. The primary end point was the proportion of time with glucose levels within the target range (63–140 mg/dL). 
RESULTS The proportion of time with glucose levels within target was comparable during closed-loop and SAP insulin delivery (62.3 vs. 60.1% [95% CI −4.1 to 8.3%]; P = 0.47). Mean glucose and time spent hyperglycemic >140 mg/dL also did not differ (131.4 vs. 131.4 mg/dL [P = 0.85] and 36.6 vs. 36.1% [P = 0.86], respectively). During closed-loop, fewer hypoglycemic episodes occurred (median [range] 8 [1–17] vs. 12.5 [1–53] over 28 days; P = 0.04) and less time at <63 mg/dL (1.6 vs. 2.7%; P = 0.02). Hypoglycemia <50 mg/dL (0.24 vs. 0.47%; P = 0.03) and low blood glucose index (1.0 vs. 1.4; P = 0.01) were lower. Less nocturnal hypoglycemia (2300–0700 h) during closed-loop therapy (1.1 vs. 2.7%; P = 0.008) and a trend toward higher overnight time in target (67.7 vs. 60.6%; P = 0.06) were found. 
CONCLUSIONS Closed-loop insulin delivery was associated with comparable glucose control and significantly less hypoglycemia than SAP therapy. Larger, longer duration multicenter trials are now indicated to determine clinical efficacy of closed-loop insulin delivery in T1D pregnancy and the impact on neonatal outcomes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1391-1399
Number of pages9
JournalDiabetes Care
Volume41
Issue number4
Early online date13 Mar 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2018

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