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Why is Insulin so Expensive And What Options Do Insulin Users Have?

By |2019-01-02T15:33:04+00:00January 2nd, 2019|Thinking Like A Pancreas Blog, Type 1 Diabetes|

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.

The Top Ten List of Comments that People With Diabetes could do without!

By |2016-12-08T23:26:49+00:00May 13th, 2015|Thinking Like A Pancreas Blog, Type 1 Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes|

Today, we bring you the top ten list of comments we'd rather not hear, and some thoughts on how we might comment when we do hear them.

Which ‘Tide to Ride?

By |2016-12-08T23:26:51+00:00February 3rd, 2015|Type 1 Diabetes|

When it comes to managing type-1 diabetes, insulin is no longer the only treatment option. Yes, insulin is necessary, but there are other injectable medications that can serve as powerful supplements to insulin. These medications can offer benefits to those trying to improve their after-meal glucose levels and/or shed unwanted pounds.

A New Sweetener on the Shelf

By |2016-12-08T23:26:52+00:00January 23rd, 2015|Type 1 Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes|

I recently read about FDA Approval for a “NEW” sugar substitute…Advantame. Interesting name – it would appear the creators believe there is an “advantage” to using it. The positive for people with diabetes of course, is that it doesn’t cause a glycemic response. Similar to the other sugar substitutes already on the market in a plethora of foods and beverages, Advantame is an artificial sweetener developed by the Japanese food and chemical corporation, Ajinomoto. Advantame is about 20,000 times sweeter than sucrose (table sugar). The FDA has approved it for general use in foods and beverages. This new artificial sweetener is also FEMA GRAS approved in Dairy, Frozen Desserts, Beverages, and Chewing Gum, but isn’t approved for use in products with meat or poultry. This is the 6th sweetener to be approved by the FDA and is a white powder derived from aspartame and vanillin that dissolves in water, and continues to remain stable in high temperatures (unlike pure aspartame which breaks down and doesn’t provide the taste appeal in baked products). Advantame's structure is chemically similar to aspartame, and it was assumed a warning label notifying people with phenylketonuria (PKU) to the presence of phenylalanine was required, but after further evaluation the agency determined that, since advantame is approximately 100 times sweeter than aspartame and requires only a fraction of the amount to achieve the same degree of sweetness, no warning label is necessary. This fact alone should make one consider the nature of the word artificial. We tend to rely heavily on products with no sugar when living with diabetes – but how much is too much and should we be considering these alternatives as good, bad or ugly? Looking at each artificial [...]

Can You Feel The Vibe?

By |2016-12-08T23:26:52+00:00January 7th, 2015|Type 1 Diabetes|

Vibe is the first and only insulin pump to integrate all the features of the Dexcom G4 display module into the pump itself. That’s right! No need to tote around a separate CGM display. I was given a 2-week trial/demo of the Vibe by Animas in mid-December, and promptly wore it on a one-week family cruise vacation and through the holidays. I must say, having the Dexcom CGM data right on the pump gave me a nice sense of autonomy.