Diabetes Alert Dogs: What You Should Know

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Cynthia Hatch, a mother in Brookfield, Wisconsin, is convinced that her family’s diabetes alert dog Sunny, a golden retriever/Irish setter mix, has saved her son Nathan’s life multiple times. Nathan has all the latest diabetes gear: a CGM tied into a pump that automatically shuts off when his glucose goes below a certain level. But he also has a rare combination of type 1 diabetes and Addison’s disease, another autoimmune condition where hormonal imbalances can cause severe and precipitous drops in blood sugar. Read more

CGM in the Cloud: A Community Unites to Tackle Diabetes

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CGM in the Cloud is a concept first put forward by engineer (and father of a young son with type 1) John Costik early last year that, in a nutshell, entails taking a patient’s CGMs device real-time data, sending it to the cloud, and then allowing access to that data – again, in real-time – in remote locations, such as a webpage, a cell phone, or a wearable, like the popular Pebble smartwatch. Read more

Does Hand Sanitizer Impact Blood Glucose Readings?

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After lathering up the hand sanitizer, Jess had an interesting thought: she wondered if the hand sanitizer could impact blood glucose readings. It was a great question that I never considered. I decided to find out. Read more

Amazingly Easy Ways to Lower your A1c

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Magic Wand - Lower Your A1c

Focusing on eeking down that ever shifting number can be one of the most frustrating things a person living with diabetes has to do. But here is some good news: while there may not be a magic wand, there are some pretty simple, pretty cool fixes to help you on your way to lower your A1c.

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Repeated Hypoglycemia is Not Directly Linked to Brain Damage

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Jacobson was involved in the most comprehensive long-term study of whether hypoglycemia adversely impacts brain function. As part of a team Jacobson studied the effects of improved blood sugar control on type 1 diabetic patients who were participants in The Diabetes Control and Complications Trial—or DCCT. Read more

Lifebringer: This New Diabetes App is a Virtual Caregiver

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Lifebringer is a free, interactive web-based app for type 1 and 2 diabetics, as well as newly diagnosed diabetics, that goes beyond simply tracking blood sugars and organizing numbers input users. It also uses Meehan’s program, called Nagbot, to interact with the user. Nagbot sends encouraging emails to the user over their computer, tablet, or mobile device reminding them to test, or letting them know how they’re doing, and suggesting ways to improve their health. Nagbot, in other words, acts as a helpful companion. Read more

New Surveillance Program To Monitor Blood Glucose Meter Accuracy

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Good news on the blood glucose meter accuracy front: the Diabetes Technology Society (DTS) is beginning work on a surveillance program to ensure that blood glucose meters and strips that have been cleared for sale in the United States continue to meet those accuracy standards even after they’re on the market. Read more

The HbA1c Teaching Model: Making Diabetes Education Tangible

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HbA1c Teaching Model

That’s why when I heard about Casey Steffen’s HbA1c teaching model, I was instantly intrigued. It is a scientific model of a HbA1c protein that is tangible so people with diabetes and health care professionals can see what protein glycation looks like. This description made me want to learn more, so I spoke with Steffen, who demonstrated a great deal of passion in launching this diabetes education crowdfunding initiative. Read more

The Three Year Diabetes Honeymoon

Three Year Diabetes Honeymoon

My husband found a case study about a boy diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in Denmark who had gone on a gluten-free diet after diagnosis and, sixteen months in, had an A1C of below six percent, with no daily insulin therapy. Read more

Patient Partner: Choosing a Way to Better Health

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Akhila Satish, a public health advocate who has earned a master’s degree in biotechnology and built a company before hitting her quarter-life crisis, sees a way to a healthier society.
She has built Patient Partner, a mobile app based on a series of multiple-choice questions. It’s structured like a choose your own adventure game. Read more

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