Why I Ditched My Insulin Pump for Injections

Why I Ditched My Insulin Pump for Injections

I hated the way my pump interfered with my outfits. I hated the middle of the night beeping. And I really hated changing the reservoir. Yet, since I’d been pumping since I was eight years old, by the time I was in my freshman year of college, being on a pump was all I knew. Read more

Researchers Create Smart Insulin that Reacts to Glucose Levels

Smart Insulin

Researchers at MIT successfully tested an engineered “smart insulin” on mice that reacts to blood sugar levels. “To make insulin that is glucose responsive is something that we believe will significantly improve blood sugar control in people with diabetes,” said … Read more

Product Review: Animas Vibe Insulin Pump

Animas Vibe Review

I was given the opportunity to do a free two-week trial of the Vibe on behalf of A Sweet Life. Having never used an Animas pump before (but nearly all of their competitors), I was particularly excited to see what they’re all about and to get my hands on the first Dexcom G4-integrated pump system. Read more

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

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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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

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