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Inhaled Insulin for Diabetes: Is Afrezza Worth the Risks?

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AFREZZA inhaled insulin - Mannkind

Will I prescribe Afrezza for people with diabetes? Not a lot, and not for past or present smokers, and not for people with any breathing problems (or heart issues that might cause difficulty breathing), and not without getting pulmonary function testing and explaining all of what I see as potential risks, and not without close follow-up. Read more

Stop Competitive Bidding for Insulin Pumps

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Animas Vibe

We in the diabetes community need to speak out to argue that a. insulin pumps should be removed from competitive bidding and b. that if they remain in the competitive bidding program, CMS must use a different process to determine reimbursement rates, so that cost-saving does not stifle innovation. Read more

10 Things to Love About the Asante Snap Insulin Pump

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Asante Snap Insulin Pump home

Whether you’re used to a slow priming device or a relatively quick one, you’ve never seen one quite as fast as the Asante Snap. As soon as you twist the cartridge cap on, insulin appears at the end of the introducer needle. The innovative cartridge cap that auto-primes the tubing also contains additional occlusion detection rather than relying solely on back pressure like other pumps. Read more

What You Should Know About Flying with an Insulin Pump

Flying with an Insulin Pump

Enter every pumper’s least welcome buddy – the air bubble. Your insulin pump (regardless of make or model) cannot elegantly handle the pressure changes during ascent and descent and is moving air bubbles and insulin into your body without ever recording evidence of it.

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Sensor Sensibility: A look At Medtronic’s Enlite Sensor

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MiniMed 530G with Enlite

I was particularly interested in the Enlite sensor, as I had used its predecessor, the Sof-sensor, for two years before switching to the Dexcom G4 sensor. For a long time, I complained at a high pitch about the Sof-sensor, and have found the Dexcom G4 to be worlds better. Read more

Insulin Overdose: How I Got Insurance to Cover my CGM

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Insulin Overdose- How I Got Insurance to Cover my CGM

I decided to take matters into my own hands and take advantage of the misguided system. I prepared myself to visit the ER with a blood glucose level under 50 mg/dL. In other words, I planned an insulin overdose. Read more

Why Everyone is Talking About Glucagon

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Glucagon

In anticipation of stable, liquid glucagon, one of the newest entrants into the insulin pump space, Tandem Diabetes Care has jumped ahead of the crowd and created a two-chamber infusion pump capable of holding and injecting both insulin and a secondary hormone, which they expect will be glucagon. This tandem Tandem pump is already being tested in Dr. Ed Damiano’s clinical trial of a dual-hormone bionic pancreas. Read more

Comparing Dexcom G4 Platinum and Medtronic Minimed

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Dexcom G4 Platinum

I am able to wear the CGM places other than my abdomen, which I was terrified to even try with the Minimed. Thus far, I have worn the Dexcom on my lower back (worked all right, but sub-optimally; it was prone to getting knocked and jostled off) and my arm (works capitally). This ability to move the sensor around opens up my abdomen, which was getting bruised and scarred to the point of not being usable. Read more

Seven New Diabetes Products to Look for in 2013

Abbott's Freestyle Navigator 2

Not all of the diabetes products that we expected to be available in 2012 made it to market, but we hope that some of them will be approved in 2013 and will soon after be available in the U.S. Here are some of the diabetes products we’re hoping to have in 2013 Read more

Omnipod Put to the Test

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Omnipod Test 1

I have been extremely happy with the Omnipod and require less insulin than I used to because I never detach. I feel that my work outs are better now and I am more comfortable in my daily routine.
In April of this year, I decided sign up for run my first “Mudder” race called the Rugged Maniac. The Rugged Maniac is a 5K mud run full of military-style obstacles, designed by British Special Forces. Read more

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