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Does CGM Benefit Those Taking Yes! Results from Dexcom’s DIaMonD Study

By New Now Next Significant improvement in A1C and time-in-range when adding CGM. Continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) is often considered a technology for insulin pump users – not those on injections. New results from Dexcom’s DIaMonD study, presented at the ADA Scientific Sessions, will hopefully change that. DIaMonD examined if the addition of CGM in […]

Tandem Diabetes Care Gains FDA Approval for Remote Software Update Tool

In a first for the  insulin pump industry, Tandem Diabetes Care has gained FDA approval for their much rumored and anticipated remote software update tool, previously known as Project Odyssey. The update tool will allow users who are in warranty to update their pump’s software to the newest software from home rather than upgrading via pump […]

Switching From an Insulin Pump to Injections: It’s Almost Like Freedom

I know I haven’t written in quite a while, and mostly because I haven’t had time. I’ve had plenty to say, though, trust me. So I’ll try to spare you and give you the Cliff’s Notes version of what’s been going on the last two months since starting on MDI (multiple daily injections). When I came […]

Going Back to Work with an Insulin Pump

I felt a lot more comfortable adjusting to the insulin pump at home, despite the enormous patience and mental strength it required. I didn’t have the added stress or pressure of being at work, or anywhere, at a given time. By the end of week one, my overnight basal rates were holding me steady through […]

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’

3 weeks agoNews : The Raw Story

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

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Hack a Day

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 […]

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