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Insulin Pumps May Be Ticket to Better Cholesterol

Insulin Pumps May Be Ticket to Better Cholesterol

Type 1 diabetics are at an increased rate of cardiovascular disease (CVD) with an estimated 44% of adult T1Ds dying from heart-related complications. As a diabetic, you have probably taken steps to reduce your risk of CVD by eating healthier,…
New Flu Treatment for People with Diabetes

New Flu Treatment for People with Diabetes

For the average person, the flu might be no big deal — but for people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, the flu can be devastating. (This is why, by the way, you should get your flu shot! And…
Closed-Loop System Shows Promise for Improving Diabetes Outcomes

Closed-Loop System Shows Promise for Improving Diabetes Outcomes

A new study looking at the efficacy of closed-loop pump systems was recently published in The New England Journal of Medicine. Similar to other studies that have compared data of participants on closed-loop pump therapy to those on sensor-augmented or…
A1c Tip: Increase Your Basal/Background Insulin By 1 Unit

A1c Tip: Increase Your Basal/Background Insulin By 1 Unit

Yes, just 1 unit. I bet you’re thinking: “But I have low blood sugars all the time! Increasing my background insulin will just make me go low more often!” Have you been trying to lower your A1c for months and…
A1c Tip: Focus on One Part of the Day

A1c Tip: Focus on One Part of the Day

Frustrated with an A1c that never seems to budge? Never seems to get down below your goal of 8.0 or 7.0 percent? It’s easy to think the best option is to strive for “better” blood sugars all day long. But…
New Study Reveals Importance of CGMs in Diabetes Management

New Study Reveals Importance of CGMs in Diabetes Management

A recent study published in Diabetes Care compared the A1Cs and time-in-range of people who used finger pricks to test their blood sugar against those using a continuous glucose monitor (CGM). Each group was followed for three years, with statistics…
Glucagon: People with Type 1 Diabetes Produce MORE of This Hormone that Raises Blood Sugar

Glucagon: People with Type 1 Diabetes Produce MORE of This Hormone that Raises Blood Sugar

Mother Nature is having a good laugh over this one. “Let’s create a condition where humans don’t produce any insulin — necessary for making use of glucose — and then make those same humans produce too much glucagon — something…
Is Medtronic’s Partnership With CDPHP Improving Diabetes Management?

Is Medtronic’s Partnership With CDPHP Improving Diabetes Management?

Medtronic, one of the largest medical tech companies in the world, recently announced a partnership with Capital District Physicians’ Health Plan (CDPHP) that will supply diabetics with insulin pumps while saving the insurance company money. CDPHP is a not-for-profit health…
TrialNet: Preventing and Delaying the Onset of Type 1 Diabetes

TrialNet: Preventing and Delaying the Onset of Type 1 Diabetes

For several decades, TrialNet has been working on research to prevent or delay type 1 diabetes in relatives of people already diagnosed with the disease. This research is particularly valuable for children of adults with type 1 diabetes and for…
12 Hours Without Insulin Because of a Flaw in My Pump

12 Hours Without Insulin Because of a Flaw in My Pump

It seems counter-intuitive that the more of a constant something is in your life, the easier it is to forget. But in my experience, that’s how it is to live with diabetes.  It’s something you deal with every second of…
How to Exercise in the Morning Without Low Blood Sugars

How to Exercise in the Morning Without Low Blood Sugars

Like the rest of us, you were likely taught that exercising with type 1 diabetes requires carbohydrates. “Eat 15 grams of carbs before exercising, and you’ll be fine.” It only takes a few weeks of actually living with type 1…
Why I Don’t Use Auto Mode on My MiniMed 670g

Why I Don’t Use Auto Mode on My MiniMed 670g

When Medtronic first announced they were launching a hybrid closed loop pump system, I was ecstatic. After all, not only was this a step toward a true, artificial pancreas, but it was a system meant to decrease the workload for…
Glucose SOS: More Than Just a Hypoglycemia Treatment

Glucose SOS: More Than Just a Hypoglycemia Treatment

Like many diabetics, my diet has changed significantly since my diagnosis. I do my best to select foods that will work to keep my body healthy, my blood sugars stable, and inflammation at bay. I avoid artificial chemicals and additives…
Are High Insulin Prices Caused by the FDA Supply-limiting Regulation?

Are High Insulin Prices Caused by the FDA Supply-limiting Regulation?

We spoke with Raymond March, Ph.D. who is a Faculty Fellow at the Center for the Study of Public Choice and Private Enterprise and Director of FDA Review — https://www.fdareview.org about how his type 1 diabetes influenced his decision to…
Dawn Phenomenon: How to Handle that Early Morning Blood Sugar Spike

Dawn Phenomenon: How to Handle that Early Morning Blood Sugar Spike

Wakey, Wakey The very first thing I do when I step out of bed in the morning is: walk to the kitchen table, check my blood sugar, and take at least 1 unit of insulin.  If my blood sugar is…
Side-by-Side Comparison Between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes

Side-by-Side Comparison Between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes

If you’ve ever been less than clear on the differences between type 1 and type 2 diabetes, you aren’t alone. Even some people who have diabetes struggle to understand what makes these two diseases different. It doesn’t help that there…
5 Things You’re Doing That Increase Your Risk of DKA

5 Things You’re Doing That Increase Your Risk of DKA

Throughout the last decade of living as a T1D, I’ve been vaguely familiar with the concept of diabetic ketoacidosis. I knew that if I was sick or if my blood sugar was extremely high, I needed to test for ketones.…
Diabetic Ketoacidosis: When Can it Happen and How to Know if You’re at Risk

Diabetic Ketoacidosis: When Can it Happen and How to Know if You’re at Risk

Diabetic ketoacidosis, or DKA, is something most diabetics understand, at least on the surface. You’ve probably heard your doctor ask you once or twice or a hundred times if you have ketone strips at home and if you regularly use…
When is it Time to Fire Your Doctor?

When is it Time to Fire Your Doctor?

When the white coat walks in, it’s easy to forget that they work for you. Especially with a condition like type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes — where we are essentially being graded based on our blood sugar levels…
A1c Tip: Completely Change How You Treat Low Blood Sugars

A1c Tip: Completely Change How You Treat Low Blood Sugars

Your low blood sugar habits can have a big impact on several aspects of your life. The foods you choose, the amount you eat and how you handle the rebounding high from overeating can lead to exhausting roller coaster blood…
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