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Integrated Diabetes Services is the worldwide leader in one-on-one consulting for people who use insulin. Diabetes “coaching” services are available in-person and remotely via phone and the internet for children and adults.

Top 10 Techniques for managing blood sugar in kids with Diabetes

By | 2017-01-25T15:01:25+00:00 January 25th, 2017|Thinking Like A Pancreas Blog|

by, Gary Scheiner MS, CDE, Named 2014 Diabetes Educator of the year by the American Association of Diabetes Educators, Gary Scheiner has dedicated his professional life to improving the lives of people with insulin-dependent diabetes. We used to receive a call every week asking if we held support groups for kids with diabetes. Honestly, I never thought to have one. Why would any kid want to come to a support group when there are cartoons to watch and siblings to torment? Finally, I caved and decided to start a kids’ diabetes support group. It was an epic failure and a rousing success all wrapped up on one. The kids were miserable. They varied in age from 4 to 14, which may have accounted for some of the struggles in getting them focused. As much as we tried to engage them in fun social activities, the younger ones were too hyperactive to hold still, and the older ones were too caught up in the “this is stupid – I’d rather be on Facebook” thing. About the only time they would look up would be to check the clock. The parents, on the other hand, had the time of their lives. We had coffee and snacks for them in the other room. I could hear them laughing and carrying on. There were snippets of conversation that stuck in my brain:   “… you wouldn’t believe the food stash I found under his bed…” “…if she remembered her meter like she remembered her cell phone…” “…anyone else have bloody test strips all over their house?…” “…we change his pump while he’s sleeping so we don’t have to sit on him…” “…exercise? You’ve got to be kidding…” All [...]

January 2017 Survey – How do you think the Trump administration will impact health care for people with diabetes?

By | 2017-01-23T16:32:25+00:00 January 23rd, 2017|Diabetes Bites, January 2017 Newsletter|

View the results of last month's survey and VOTE a new January survey!

Medicare to Begin Covering CGMs… But Are You “Worthy”?

By | 2017-01-18T19:43:13+00:00 January 18th, 2017|Diabetes Bites, January 2017 Newsletter|

After more than a decade of advocacy efforts, Medicare will finally start to cover CGM. However, coverage will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Are you CGM-Worthy???

New faster rapid-acting insulin coming soon

By | 2016-12-08T23:26:34+00:00 October 18th, 2016|October 2016 Newsletter|

As fast as rapid-acting insulin is, the phrase "slower than molasses in January" is a better descriptor for how quickly it works as compared to the insulin made by a normally functioning pancreas. It takes about 4 hours for it to finish working, for crying out loud! In the not-so-distant future, we may have insulins available that improve upon the action of our currently-approved mealtime insulins.

Free support & mentoring for living with diabetes

By | 2016-12-08T23:26:34+00:00 October 18th, 2016|October 2016 Newsletter|

Tens of millions worldwide have some form of diabetes, and an estimated 60% or more don’t know anyone else in their lives who lives with diabetes as well. Are you one of them? Learn about a free support system!

Support Omnipod’s Pursuit of Medicare Coverage

By | 2016-12-08T23:26:36+00:00 September 16th, 2016|September 2016 Newsletter|

Help make sure people with diabetes have access to the equipment they need once they begin Medicare coverage.  A few clicks is all it takes to support this important effort. The Omnipod tubeless insulin pump has changed the lives of thousands of people living with diabetes. This system was cleared by the FDA over 10 years ago and is still the only FDA-cleared insulin delivery device NOT reimbursed by Medicare.  As a result, many stand to lose access to the Omnipod system when they transition from private health insurance and into Medicare. Recently, several prestigious organizations have joined in the effort to ensure that people with diabetes don’t lose access to the Omnipod® Insulin Management System once they are no longer covered by private insurance. These include: American Diabetes Association American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists American Association of Diabetes Educators Endocrine Society Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Now, you can join the cause.  And all it takes is TWO CLICKS.  You can quickly and easily engage your Members of Congress who serve on the committees that are most influential with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency responsible for Medicare.  Click here to send a letter.  A suggested letter has already been written that you can edit if you wish.  All you need to do is enter your name, email and address, and the online service will automatically email your letter to the appropriate offices.  If you don’t think this can make a difference, you’re quite mistaken.  Many healthcare policies have been changed and improved through this type of “grass roots” effort.  Your personal involvement in this effort can make a real difference!

Events: Back to School Advocacy Webinar for Parents of Children with Diabetes

By | 2016-12-08T23:26:40+00:00 July 20th, 2016|July 2016 Newsletter|

Back to School Advocacy Webinar for Parents of Children with Diabetes You will hear from parents and advocates who have been there - on behalf of their own children and through their work with other parents who want to keep their children safe at school!

Practical CGM – by Gary Scheiner

By | 2016-12-08T23:26:41+00:00 July 20th, 2016|July 2016 Newsletter|

An invaluable source for people with diabetes as well as the diabetes experts who care for them. Use of real-time continuous glucose monitors among people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes is growing rapidly and should continue to grow until an artificial pancreas is brought to market.