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Combining Both Worlds: Using Lantus and My Insulin Pump Together

More than once I have written about using injections of Lantus in combination with an insulin pump. Although I have good results following this regimen, I tend to abandon it after a few weeks because it adds complexity and expense to my already complex and expensive diabetes life. For those of you not familiar with the […]

MS Republican tells diabetic girl’s mom: Buy her medical supplies ‘with money you earn’

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A Mississippi woman seeking help buying supplies for her diabetic daughter’s insulin pump was brushed off by state Rep. Jeff Guice (R), the Jackson Clarion-Ledger reported. Nicole Nichols said she contacted Guice after she and other parents had been struggling to buy the necessary supplies...

Dad Adorably Disguises Daughter's Diabetes Device For Her Swim Meet

No child likes to feel different, so one ingenious dad got creative when it came time for his daughter's swim meet. Because swimmers can't do much to hide things like insulin pumps and blood-sugar-testing devices that children with diabetes...Show More Summary

My First Week on an Insulin Pump

The last two weeks have been an absolute blur. This month has been diabetes overload. The new devices that are attached to me are a big reminder of that, although not necessarily in a bad way. My desk is an absolute mess of cable cords, information booklets, carb counting books and test strip containers. Every […]

How Can Medtronic Gain With The Development Of Hybrid Closed Loop System For Type-1 Diabetes?

At the forefront of the development of a hybrid closed loop system for controlling type-1 diabetes is Medtronic, which is likely to launch the product by as soon as 2017. As compared to a conventional insulin pump, the hybrid closedShow More Summary

In the fight to control glucose levels, this control algorithm comes out on top

The so-called artificial pancreas — an automated insulin delivery system for people with type 1 diabetes mellitus — uses an advanced control algorithm to regulate how much insulin a pump should deliver and when. Regulating glucose is challenging because levels respond to a wide-array of variables, including food, physical activity, sleep, stress, hormones, metabolism and more.

Diabetic: Label or Description?

“Make sure you take your travel letter that says you’re a diabetic,” Mum reminded me yesterday afternoon. Mum has used the word “diabetic” a few times lately in reference to my insulin pump day and an upcoming trip, and it’s kind of been bugging me. Until yesterday, when I finally felt the urge to correct […]

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

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