A recent study showed that the insulin users in North America make up 14% of all insulin users worldwide, but they account for nearly 50% of total world-wide sales. With so many profit-making avenues, you can see why this three-company oligopoly (Lilly, Novo Nordisk, Sanofi) is keen to keep raising insulin prices.
My dad is a mechanic, so I spent my formative years leaning over engines and climbing on car lifts getting covered in grease stains and rust. So it's probably no big surprise that I turned out to be pretty mechanically inclined which helped develop my skills in assessment and diagnostics as a nurse. I find myself frequently using automotive metaphors for health. When you think about it, the two worlds are not too different. There are all these different size and shape vehicles similar to the different people in the world. Some bodies are specialized and are good at different things, but they all run more or less the same way similar to all the vehicles in the world. Bodies, just like vehicles all need routine maintenance to run optimally and maintain their capabilities over as long a life as possible. We have all heard the analogies that our body is like a car, we need to fuel it, keep good tires on it, and take it for an oil change every so often. Taking your car to my dad or the guy a hundred miles down the road will provide you with more or less the same oil change. For people, this is the equivalent of getting our flu shot at the pharmacy, no need for advanced know how or even to know me as an individual. Just do the thing and move on until next time. Rusty old beater, or shiny new racer, we all get the same oil change/flu shot - this is maintenance. But what happens when there is something wrong? This is where trouble starts. If you let this problem with a car go on for so long, it may [...]
What is the best “diet” for diabetes? Literally, it is one of the first things asked when I start to work on diabetes management with someone. “What should I eat? Should I do low carb or Paleo or Mediterranean, etc.? How much should or do I need to eat? What will make me feel good and have the control I want”?
As usual, this year’s American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions didn’t place much emphasis on a healthy lifestyle. There was food everywhere, and trust me, we’re not talking fruits & veggies. But there was a great deal of research presented on diabetes medications and devices.
There is no doubt that CGM can improve the quality of life and blood sugar control for just about everyone with diabetes. But which system is best for you?
IDS Clinicians Offer Different Perspectives on the Medtronic 670G after 10 days of use. Read what they have to say...
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...
Diabetes educator, Gary Scheiner gives his in-depth review of the newly approved Abbott Freestyle Libre CGM continuous glucose monitor.
The 670G represents an important step towards fully automating glucose control. However, it is important to put it in the proper context and set expectations at an appropriate level.
what happens when we eat with reckless abandon and blood glucose levels start to head in the wrong direction? Being the responsible individuals we are, we usually place the blame squarely where it belongs: on our medication.
Novo Nordisk’s new FiASP insulin (short for Faster insulin Aspart) has hit the market in various parts of the world, and is awaiting FDA clearance here in the US.
By avoiding the need to absorb through the fat layer below the skin, Afrezza starts working almost immediately, peaks in about 15 minutes, and in most cases, clears in about 2 hours. Now that’s rapid!
I know I am still working to get better, but I am SO HAPPY with the improvement! I can't thank you enough for all your help, I am losing the fear and feeling more confident in taking the right amounts of insulin and eating a healthy amount of carbs. Looking forward to learning more and more from you! ~ Mila Kurtz, Des Plaines, IL
At Integrated Diabetes Services, we have a different setup. Everyone who works at IDS has a personal connection to diabetes. 3 of our clinicians are CDEs who wear insulin pumps and use a CGM, and the 4th is a CDE who is the mother of a child with Type 1.