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How DKA Happens and What to Do About it – published article

By | February 8th, 2017|Thinking Like A Pancreas Blog|

Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA) is a condition in which the blood becomes highly acidic as a result of dehydration and excessive ketone (acid) production. When bodily fluids become acidic, some of the body’s systems stop functioning properly. It is a serious condition that will make you violently ill and it can kill you.

Top 10 Techniques for managing blood sugar in kids with Diabetes

By | 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 [...]

Best of the Diabetes Apps of 2016 – How to pick what is right for you

By | November 28th, 2016|Thinking Like A Pancreas Blog|

The National Diabetes Statistics Report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that 29 million Americans have diabetes, and 95 percent of them have Type 2, the form most associated with obesity. And interestingly the number of people age 20 or older with diabetes topped 1.7 million. It is also estimated that 86 million Americans 20 years and older may have prediabetes which increases the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. The increase in incidence of diabetes (both type 1 and type 2) provides a lot of incentive for developers of Apps to create products to aid with management of chronic health conditions like diabetes.  A study published in the journal Clinical Diabetes showed that “the use of mobile phones leads to improved A1C and self-management in diabetes care.”, assuming this is due to apps that aid with improved tracking and awareness of glucose patterns. In a basic count recently, I found 1000+ apps specific to diabetes management – WOW! Great that so much is available, but how can a person with diabetes figure out which app is right for them? Depending on the needs of the individual, health apps can be very beneficial, especially from the standpoint of possible support. However, the person choosing the App needs to consider what they want or need to track as well as how tech-savvy they are, which can improve how they manage. Step one in this process of choice should be to narrow down the apps based on your individual goals. For some people that might be a focus on weight control, while others need help tracking blood glucose and learning about their patterns. Some apps also help you to remember to take medication, change [...]

Medicare and Diabetes Technology Insurance Coverage

By | October 14th, 2016|Thinking Like A Pancreas Blog|

It's awesome that people with diabetes are living normal lifespans, but the current Medicare system is not set up to provide coverage of the technologies that we become accustomed to using when we have commercial insurance coverage to control the disease as well as we can.

Artificial Pancreas Systems – What’s in the Future?

By | July 19th, 2016|Thinking Like A Pancreas Blog|

There are a multitude of different groups working on hybrid closed loop projects, and each one runs on its own unique proportion of automation and brain-power. Here are a few of the projects that were presented and discussed at the ADA Scientific Sessions in New Orleans this past June.