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Go Ahead. Pick Your Pump. Tips and Tricks for Knowing Which Pump Is Right for You.

By Gary Scheiner MS, CDE My plan is to go through life with two things at my side: My wife (‘til death do us part… just don’t give her any ideas), and my insulin pump, at least until there’s a cure for diabetes. Choosing my wife was easy. She was the only woman who was […]

Should It Really Be Called an Artificial Pancreas?

Let’s be one million percent clear from the onset: I, like the rest of the diabetes world, would love nothing better but to see a CGM communicate with an insulin pump for better control and to alarm the world when things derail. It would, and will, revolutionize the management of type 1 diabetes. But the […]

An Insider’s Look at Insulin Pump Therapy

By Gary Scheiner  MS, CDE It’s days like today that make me glad I went on an insulin pump. It’s Saturday, and despite having two little rugrats at home, I was able to sleep until 9:30 (miracles do happen).  Today was the day to clean out the basement – something I’ve been promising my wife […]

My One Year Anniversary of Using an Insulin Pump

I’ve now officially passed the one year mark since I began using an insulin pump! It was a huge leap of faith at the time, but one that I knew I had to make for the sake of lower and more stable blood sugar levels. The biggest reason I switched was because I never felt […]

My 5-Month Review of the Tandem t:slim X2

I began using the Tandem t:slim X2 insulin pump in mid-December. In February I wrote a mostly-favorable review of the pump, but indicated that I was struggling with user-error problems and occlusion alarms that stopped insulin delivery. In March I wrote a post indicating that I had found a solution to the false occlusions, but […]

10-Year-Old Open Letter Calling for Apple to Make Glucose Monitors

Amy Tenderich, 10 years ago, in an open letter to Steve Jobs: If insulin pumps or continuous monitors had the form of an iPod Nano, people wouldn’t have to wonder why we wear our “pagers” to our own weddings, or puzzle over that strange bulge under our clothes. Show More Summary

“Don’t you all know each other?”

A few weeks ago, we were in Venice and I almost walked right into the canal because I saw a lady with an insulin pump on her waist and a CGM sensor on her arm, speaking Italian to the shopkeeper and casually wearing her pancreas on her hip. Show More Summary

Being Prepared for the What-If’s of Diabetes Device Malfunctions

So last week, Murphy’s Law hit. My pump malfunctioned. I wasn’t getting my insulin. My blood sugars were running higher and ketones hit. When I decided to pull off my pump, I couldn’t turn it off. That was a fun Sunday night/Monday morning… But now I have this new one that turns off pretty easily. […]

Study Tests Ability of MiniMed 640G to Predict and Reduce Low Blood Sugars

A study finds that the MiniMed 640G system significantly lowered low blood sugar incidences when compared to sensor-augmented insulin pump use in children with type 1 diabetes. When combined with the use of a continuous glucose monitor, the MiniMed 640G insulin pump system offers SmartGuard, a predictive low-glucose management tool. This tool has the built-in ability […]

Risks of diabetics fasting during Ramadan: Hypoglycemia rates w insulin pump v. injections

(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) A new study examining the risk of fasting during Ramadan for people with type 1 diabetes compared blood glucose control and the rates of hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia between users of insulin pump therapy versus multiple daily insulin injections.

With same training, insulin pumps no better than injections

3 months agoHealth : Reuters: Health

(Reuters Health) - - Adults with type 1 diabetes may be able to manage their blood sugar levels just as well with multiple daily insulin injections as they can with continuous insulin pumps, a recent study suggests.

Adjusting to Changes with Diabetes

I’ve been using an insulin pump for almost seven years and it’s unlikely that I will go back to injection pens. However, I know that things change over time and how I feel about things also change, so I will never say that I will never go back to injection pens because the future is […]

Reasons to Love Insulin Pump Tubing

By Kerri Sparling To tube or not to tube? This is a question for many people considering pumps and veteran insulin infusers alike, but the answer is clear: whatever makes diabetes easier is the best option. Let’s take a look at what life with a little tubing is really like. And how, despite preconceptions, infusing […]

OpenAPS Offers Open Source Tools for Diabetes Management

OpenAPS allows a person to use data from their CGM with a small computer to adjust the insulin being delivered through a pump. Read more on MAKE The post OpenAPS Offers Open Source Tools for Diabetes Management appeared first on Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers.

“Jerry the Bear” for Kids with Type 1 Diabetes: New & Improved!

Jerry the Bear is a pretty special fella. He isn’t just soft and cuddly. He isn’t just smiley and cute. This bear knows what it’s like to wear an insulin pump and receive insulin injections because Jerry the Bear is a bear with type 1 diabetes. And he’s here to help your kiddos with type 1 […]

What a Difference an Insulin Pump Makes

Back in November 2016, I started on a new chapter in my diabetic journey. The 9th of November was the day I ditched the insulin pens (MDI) and made the change to insulin pump therapy. Over the past few months, I have seen a lot of diabuddies on Twitter also start on various pumps. I […]

LISTEN: Type 1 Diabetic Uses Insulin Pump to Survive Abduction

Brittany Diggs was abducted from her apartment when returning home from work. After multiple failed attempts to rob others, she was placed in the trunk of her car as he continued on his rampage. Listen as she recounts her abduction with Scott, as well as gives a background story to her diabetes diagnosis and her […]

5 Reasons I Believe in Insulin Pump Vacations

I believe in pump vacations (and CGM vacations but I’ll mostly mention pump right now). Now, I love being on an insulin pump and I have ever since that first moment when I was 9 years. That’s when I first went on the pump, almost 15 years ago. It was the days of NPH and […]

Unlikely Item Helped Kidnap Victim Escape Trunk

The Alabama nursing student whose brave kidnapping escape was caught on a gas station's surveillance video last week revealed that her insulin pump played a role in her getaway. In an exclusive interview with the Today show on Monday, Brittany Diggs, 25, said the faint light of her insulin pump...

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