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United Healthcare Reverses Course to Cover Tandem Pumps

United Healthcare Reverses Course to Cover Tandem Pumps

On July 1st, United Healthcare announced they will now offer coverage for Tandem’s t:slim X2 insulin pump. This change affects individual and group payer plans as well as Medicaid and Medicare Advantage. Prior to this, United Healthcare had an exclusive…
Supplements & Medications that Raise Your Blood Sugar

Supplements & Medications that Raise Your Blood Sugar

Managing type 1 diabetes generally relies on insulin and, occasionally, one or two other medications meant to reduce blood sugar levels. But there are likely to be many occasions throughout your life when taking other medications and supplements for non-diabetes…
Improved Insulin Patch Could Replace Pumps, CGMs, and MDI

Improved Insulin Patch Could Replace Pumps, CGMs, and MDI

Diabetes management continues to get more complicated with the advancement of tools like AID systems, high-tech pumps, and more accurate CGMs, one subsection of researchers is pursuing a decidedly different approach. The insulin patch, which consists of a small wearable…
FDA Support for AID Systems Grows with Backing of New Questionnaires

FDA Support for AID Systems Grows with Backing of New Questionnaires

In 2017, the FDA introduced the Medical Device Development Tools (MDDT) program to help better evaluate and regulate decisions surrounding novel medical devices. According to the FDA’s website, an MDDT is a method, material, or measurement used to assess the…
Why Exenatide Does Not Benefit All People Equally

Why Exenatide Does Not Benefit All People Equally

Exenatide is a somewhat common injectable medication used to treat type 2 diabetes, especially in people who have not responded well to treatment with metformin or sulfonylureas alone.  Given the mode of action of this drug, it would seem that…
Unusual Treatments for Neuropathy that Actually Work

Unusual Treatments for Neuropathy that Actually Work

One of the most common complications suffered by people living with type 1 diabetes is neuropathy. This often painful, and sometimes dangerous condition can cause tingling and numbness in the extremities, increased rates of amputation, and even heart and bladder…
Carb Ratios: Signs You Need to Make a Change & How to Do It

Carb Ratios: Signs You Need to Make a Change & How to Do It

If there is one thing I have learned about living with type 1 diabetes, it is that the only constant with this disease is that things are constantly changing. Changes in schedule, diet plans, activity levels, stress levels, illnesses, hormones,…
Signs Your Pump Basal Rate Needs Adjusting & How to Get It Right

Signs Your Pump Basal Rate Needs Adjusting & How to Get It Right

One of the biggest advantages of using pump therapy to treat your type 1 diabetes is the ability to set multiple basal rates throughout the day. Unlike MDI, which requires you to take a single dose of long-acting insulin to…
Why Insulin Coupons & CoPay Caps Aren’t Good Enough

Why Insulin Coupons & CoPay Caps Aren’t Good Enough

Despite several years of activism, debate, and protesting, the biggest pharmaceutical manufacturers of insulin — Novo Nordisk, Eli Lilly, and Sanofi — have still not lowered the list price of insulin. Worse, the latest round of “insulin copay price caps”…
Student Invention Aims to Improve Control for Diabetics on MDI

Student Invention Aims to Improve Control for Diabetics on MDI

As a person living with type 1 diabetes who requires multiple shots of insulin a day, you probably already know the importance of site rotation. But changing where you inject every time you inject can be a challenge when completing…
Provention Bio Starts Rolling FDA Submissions for T1D Preventative

Provention Bio Starts Rolling FDA Submissions for T1D Preventative

It has been a while since Provention Bio (website), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on immune-mediated diseases, announced their first exciting results from their teplizumab drug trials. In multiple double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials, the company has shown the effectiveness of…
Tandem’s Basal-IQ Gets FDA Interoperable Designation

Tandem’s Basal-IQ Gets FDA Interoperable Designation

Tandem’s Basal-IQ technology received the FDA’s interoperable automated glycemic controller designation (iAGC) which allows this tech to be paired with different pumps and CGM systems to create an automated insulin dosing (AID) system. This is the second piece of tech…
COVID-19 & Cardiovascular Disease: What You Need to Know

COVID-19 & Cardiovascular Disease: What You Need to Know

Despite initial reports that people living with diabetes may be at higher risk for infection by the novel coronavirus (SARS-Cov-2) and have a higher mortality rate from COVID-19, more recent stats indicate that type 1 diabetics may not be at…
Can Medtronic Retake Automated Pump Market?

Can Medtronic Retake Automated Pump Market?

I’ve been a Medtronic customer since I switched from MDI to an insulin pump in 2014. At the time, their integrated pump and CGM system was far more appealing to me than any other options on the market.  When they…
Eli Lilly Insulin Price Cap Program

Eli Lilly Insulin Price Cap Program

Both the government and BigPharma have been under increasing pressure to lower the price of insulin — which has increased by more than 1200 percent in the last 20 years.  “Back in 1996, when Eli Lilly’s Humalog first came out,…
Insulet’s Omnipod to Join Hybrid Closed Loop Pump Market

Insulet’s Omnipod to Join Hybrid Closed Loop Pump Market

2020 is set to be an exciting year for anyone interested in switching to or upgrading their hybrid closed loop pump. Not only does Medtronic have a slew of improvements and advanced features planned for their next-generation AID system, but…
FDA Enables Generic Insulins with Lower Prices

FDA Enables Generic Insulins with Lower Prices

While COVID-19 has distracted our attention from affordable insulin to focus on social distancing and hoarding toilet paper, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration is finally making a serious effort to improve our access to insulin.  Why no Generic Insulins?…
Amylin: The Other Hormone Affected by Type 1 Diabetes

Amylin: The Other Hormone Affected by Type 1 Diabetes

Why aren’t we talking about amylin?  Sure, insulin is something we truly cannot live without, but those of us with type 1 diabetes aren’t producing amylin either and it’s also extremely important! Well, more accurately: you’re likely producing as little…
Are Exclusive Insurance Contracts Consumer Abuse?

Are Exclusive Insurance Contracts Consumer Abuse?

Broken Trust A cabin in the middle of nowhere is the last place any diabetic wants to suffer a hypoglycemic emergency. But Tim, a 40-year T1D veteran, had no reason to be concerned when he laid down to sleep on…
Five Tips to Increase Your Time In Range

Five Tips to Increase Your Time In Range

Creating attainable A1C goals has long been the standard to keep your diabetes management on track. But, as we learn more about the complications of T1D and the specific causes behind them, we are also learning that A1C may not…
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