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About Integrated Diabetes Services

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.

Flu and Diabetes: How To Boost Your Immune System

By | 2018-02-16T13:16:06+00:00 February 15th, 2018|Diabetes Bites, February 2018 Newsletter|

If you have diabetes it makes it even harder to manage glucose levels. Typically a cold or flu will raise insulin needs due to the stress it causes in the body. Learn how to boost your immune system without additional medications and visits to the doctor.

How many carbs should you have to control diabetes?

By | 2018-02-07T18:58:11+00:00 February 6th, 2018|Thinking Like A Pancreas Blog|

Integrated Diabetes Services answers your questions about living with type 1 diabetes, offers tips an tricks to managing weight, blood sugar and overall health. Todays question deals with carbs - how many is just enough...

Making your insulin pen “Smart” – How to use your InPen with an app

By | 2018-01-16T23:09:07+00:00 January 16th, 2018|Diabetes Bites, January 2018 Newsletter|

Making your insulin pen smart is now easier than ever. The Inpen works with a Novolog or Humalog cartridge. It has onboard blutooth technology that syncs use to an app on your mobile device.

Trivia Time: January 2018 – Type 1 Diabetes Trivia Question

By | 2018-01-16T16:39:35+00:00 January 16th, 2018|Diabetes Bites, January 2018 Newsletter|

How many different CLASSES of blood-sugar-lowering diabetes medications are there? Answer our type 1 diabetes trivia question and win a free book!

Dexcom has applied for FDA approval, so what does the G6 hold for users?

By | 2017-12-20T14:14:16+00:00 December 19th, 2017|December 2017 Newsletter|

In September 2017 Dexcom applied for FDA approval of their new G6 sensor and transmitter. The new system is expected to be on the market in the US some time in 2018.

Tandem t:slim X2 and t:flex Insulin Pump 2018 Reviews

By | 2017-12-07T14:35:04+00:00 December 5th, 2017|2017-2018 Blood Glucose Meters, 2018 Insulin Pump Review|

Pros & Cons of the Tandem t:slim X2 and t:flex Insulin Pumps Unique Advantages: Pros X2 has software/features updatable through download from website Bright, full-color touch screen Modern, high-tech appearance Compact, thin dimensions Rapid number entry/fastest bolus entry 2-Way Bluetooth (X2) allows full integration with multiple devices, including smartphones & CGM X2 displays data from Dexcom G5 T:flex holds up to 480u Charges; No disposable batteries Can calculate boluses up to 50 units (60u with t:flex) Site-change reminder w/customizable day & time Graphic on-screen history display Carb counting calculatorTemp basal up to 250%, 72 hrs IOB & time remaining displayed on home screen Missed bolus reminders customizable by day of week Alert for high temperatures Secondary basal programs can be linked with secondary bolus formulas Limited unintended insulin movement with changes in pump position Low suspend features pending Potential Drawbacks: CONS Hybrid closed loop features pending Small buttons can be difficult to activate; screen goes blank if buttons missed 3x Unlock procedure required to perform any programming No attached clip (must put in a case that has a clip) Tubing connector looks “medical,” can snag on clothing Proprietary tubing connection, cannot use third party infusion sets. Basal & bolus settings in same time slots; may take several steps to edit Extra confirmation steps with all programming Weak vibrate mechanism No meter link Company’s long-term viability is uncertain; pump is their only product Requires charging 1-2x/week

Medtronic MiniMed 670G with Guardian Insulin Pump Pros and Cons

By | 2017-12-07T14:36:51+00:00 December 5th, 2017|2017-2018 Blood Glucose Meters, 2018 Insulin Pump Review|

Pros & Cons of the Medtronic MiniMed 670G with Guardian Our 2018 review Unique Advantages: Pros Large, secure, long-established company Industry leader in R & D Data from Medtronic Guardian CGM displayed on-screen Automatic basal shutoff when low glucose detected by sensor (may help prevent severe hypos) Hybrid closed loop(Automode) basal adjustment based on CGM readings and predictive algorithms High-contrast full-color screen Slim attachable clip Integrated meter serves as remote control for bolusing Frequently used boluses & temp basals can be stored as “presets” Downloadable to online Carelink program Choice of slow or fast bolus delivery Generates insulin/carb/BG statistics Potential Drawbacks: CONS “Airplane Mode” option CGM and Automode require additional finger sticks for calibration and safety checks. Maintaining Automode requires a higher level of technical acumen and interaction with the pump. Frequent system alerts in Automode may become intrusive Attached clip is upside-down Must pay for loaner/backup pumps Screen and text are relatively small Insulin-on-board only deducted from correction boluses Downloading restricted to Carelink program Multiple menus and programming can be complex to master Many button-presses and confirmation steps in basic programming Sensor supplies currently on back order until Spring 2018 Delay in getting pumps, supplies and training to new users Company’s marketing can be overly aggressive Diabetes educator, Dr Gary Scheiner gives an in-depth review of his own experience using the Medtronic MiniMed 670G Insulin Pump.Read Review of MiniMed 670G

Medtronic MiniMed 630G with Enlite Insulin Pump Pros and Cons

By | 2017-12-07T14:37:07+00:00 December 5th, 2017|2017-2018 Blood Glucose Meters, 2018 Insulin Pump Review|

Pros & Cons of the Medtronic MiniMed 630G with Enlite Unique Advantages: Pros Large, secure, long-established company Industry leader in R & D Data from Medtronic Enlite CGM displayed on-screen Automatic basal shutoff when low glucose detected by sensor (may help prevent severe hypos) High-contrast full-color screen Optional “Connect” feature for sharing CGM data on smartphones Slim attachable clip Integrated meter serves as remote control for bolusing Frequently used boluses & temp basals can be stored as “presets” Easily downloadable to online Carelink program Choice of slow or fast bolus delivery Generates insulin/carb/BG statistics Potential Drawbacks: CONS “Airplane Mode” option CGM accuracy, longevity, transmission range, ease-of-use considered inferior to competitors Automatic low-suspend feature may be disruptive and counter-productive Must pay for loaner/backup pumps Insulin-on-board only deducted from correction boluses Attached clip is upside-down Downloading restricted to Carelink program Screen and text are relatively small Multiple menus and programming can be complex to master Lots of button-pushing and confirmation steps with basic programming Company’s marketing can be overly aggressive