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Tresiba Insulin: I Truly Feel In Control of My Diabetes!

I’ve been an avid pump user for the last 16 years. Once I started on an insulin pump and got the hang of it, to me, it was the best thing I had ever used to manage my diabetes. I left Lantus and Novolog injections in the dust (I still use Novolog in my pump though), […]

Insurance companies cannot dictate which medical devices we prescribe

The diabetes community has been set ablaze after UnitedHealthcare announced an agreement for Medtronic devices to be the “preferred” in-network, durable medical equipment (DME) provider of insulin pumps. Starting July 1, 2016, UnitedHealthcare...Show More Summary

Hackaday Prize Entry: Sniffing Defibrillator Data

There’s a lot of implantable medical technology that is effectively a black box. Insulin pumps monitor blood sugar and deliver insulin, but you can’t exactly plug in a USB cable and download the data. Pacemakers and cardiac defibrillators are the same way. Show More Summary

The Art of the Insulin Pump Break

There are times when I just want to be pump free for a weekend. I think most people with diabetes that wear a device or two relish a day without a plastic and metal device stuck to their skin. Aside from not having to deal with any questions or looks, it just feels good. Although we get used […]

The Problem: UHC Chooses Medtronic as Preferred Insulin Pump Provider

I have to say, having type 2 diabetes means that I am faced with an uphill battle when getting insulin pump and CGM technology to manage my diabetes.  With Medicare looming over me, the high cost of these technologies are likely to mean that these options will be denied to me.  And what really makes […]

UnitedHealthcare Takes Away Diabetes Devices

If you've heard about UnitedHealthcare (UHC) limiting members to only Medtronic insulin pumps beginning July 1 and feel this is wrong, please go to "We are DPAC" (Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition) and say so. UHC members will no longer have an in-network choice among insulin pump providers. Show More Summary

Medtronic Introduces New Seven CareLink Personal Reports

Years ago when I used Medtronic’s Revel insulin pump, I remember having to use Medtronic’s CareLink to upload my pump and meter to view my data. If there was anything I did not like about the system, it was their reports. They seemed too basic, and the layout simply didn’t make sense to me. Most […]

UnitedHealthcare Drops Tandem’s Insulin Pumps From Choices for Patients

Tandem Diabetes Care®, Inc. (NASDAQ: TNDM), a medical device company and manufacturer of the t:slim®, t:slim G4™ and t:flex® Insulin Pumps, announced that UnitedHealthcare has made some important and unforeseen changes affecting members...Show More Summary

Deciding to Switch to an Insulin Pump

Diabetes has never felt more difficult to manage in these past couple of months. Quite frankly, insulin injections are just feeling like a lot of hard work. The best results seem to come if I eat similar foods, consume a similar number of carbs and do the same level of activity every day. I can remember […]

Double-Dosing: How Taking Insulin Could Have Killed Me

I panicked. Just around midnight. Minutes after I took my once nightly injection of my long-acting insulin. Had I taken my once nightly shot, twice? Like others with type 1 diabetes who don’t use an insulin pump, I take what’s called MDI. Multiple Daily Injections. I take an injection of rapid-acting insulin before meals and […]

Fine Tuning My Insulin Pump Settings

Usually, about once a month, I study my Dexcom trends and make minor adjustments here and there in my insulin needs (with permission from my endocrinologist, of course). This ritual then becomes a weekly thing during pregnancy, and this time is no different. And, later in the pregnancy, I tend to do this every couple […]

Study Shows V-Go Insulin Delivery Device More Affordable Than Injections for Type 2 Diabetes

Do you have type 2 diabetes and use insulin, but think an insulin pump isn’t for you? The New Jersey-based Valeritas is marketing an insulin pump, the V-Go insulin delivery device, specifically for people with type 2 diabetes and they recently announced two new studies showing that using their insulin pump is more affordable than using […]

NASA’s latest X-Planes could help save the planet

NASA has been responsible for developing a lot of things other than spacecrafts, including memory foam, scratch resistant glasses and insulin pumps and now the agency is looking to fuel the future of aviation using green technology.Show More Summary

The Benefits of an Insulin Pump for Type 2 Diabetes

The continuation of OpT2mise–a randomized and controlled study sponsored by Medtronic showed that insulin pumps provided much more consistent and reliable blood sugar improvements in comparison with multiple daily injections. The OpT2mise...Show More Summary

Are You Prepared For an Insulin Pump Malfunction?

A man stands at the bottom of a stopped escalator.  Not a long escalator, mind you, just normal-one-floor type.  His face is red with anger as the escalator comes to a stop. “I cannot believe this, I’m so late.” There is a little boy behind him who says, “A broken escalator is just a staircase.” […]

JDRF’s Top 5 Diabetes Research Successes of 2015

Catch up on the major JDRF accomplishments of 2015 with Dr. Richard Insel, its Chief Scientific Officer! The exciting news includes a new insulin pump infusion set, encapsulated islet cells transplants, advancements with the Artificial Pancreas, and a newly developed classification system for the stages of type 1 diabetes.    

'Artificial pancreas' is one of new tech devices aimed at diabetes

A new breed of connected glucometers, insulin pumps and smartphone apps is hitting the market.        

Preschool: NURSE FOR CHILD WITH DIABETES IN A UPK

Ellen:  Is a child who is receiving physical therapy and classified as a preschooler with a disability entitled to a 1:1 nurse for 6 hours/day at a UPK to monitor his insulin pump

Decisions, Decisions: Switching to the Animas Vibe Insulin Pump

Back in 2014, I had a big “Decision 2014” thing going on during the year that my Medtronic Revel pump warranty expired? Should I go with a new pump? What am I looking for anyway? What should I do? Well, Decision 2014 became Decision 2015, which finally became Decision 2016. Okay, so I chose the Animas Vibe […]

Alfred Mann, Diabetes Innovator & Philanthropist, Dies at 90 Years Old

Alfred E. Mann, biotech entrepreneur and philanthropist, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, February 25, 2016, while still hard at work at 90 years old. Mann was beloved by the diabetes community for creating the insulin pump industry through his company MiniMed, which is now owned by Medtronic. He went on to develop the inhaled insulin Afrezza. Mann […]

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