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A practical guide to managing diabetes with insulin. Knowledge & Skills Examination for Insulin Users
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.
"E1c" is a pun I use to capture the emotional factors we face that impact our ability and willingness to reach diabetes management goals.
For those of us who use an insulin pump, changing out the insulin and tubing is one of the more time-consuming tasks we have to endure.
In early February Sanofi and MannKind announced the official launch of the ultra rapid-acting inhaled-insulin Afrezza. The insulin is now available at pharmacies nationwide.
These days, insulin pumps have sooooooo many features, it’s hard to pinpoint which one is truly best. Each pump has its share of strengths and weaknesses - So, keeping with our practice’s policy of keeping an open mind and offering up objective, practical information, we decided to put each pump’s bolus entry mechanism to the test.
Abbott's new Libre Flash glucose monitoring system has been approved in Europe
The results are in. Apparently, there is universal interest in the topic, because we received hundreds of entries in our carb counting contest from people as far away as Eastern Europe and Australia. We all think we’re “experts” after years of label reading and WAG counting, but our three winners really showed their expertise and scored high in all three sections of our Integrated Diabetes Carb quiz.
What will I do with myself when diabetes is finally cured? Simple. I want to become a laziness cop.
A few months ago, I went on (blog) record to share the news that my A1c peaked above 8% for the first time in more than 2 decades. I listed a plethora of possible reasons (better known as excuses) – travel, burnout, stress, junk food, etc… What I DIDN’T do was what I do for a living: profess a solution. Because, quite frankly, I didn’t think I had it in me to stick to whatever I came up with. Now that’s changed.
Medtronic’s new 530G Insulin Pump with Enlite CGM represents the first step towards closed loop technology. 530G is the first pump/CGM combination that acts upon a glucose value automatically, without the user’s intervention. To see if the system is all it’s cracked up to be, we had our Director of Patient Care & Education (Lisa Foster, MSN, RN, CDE) and our Director of Lifestyle & Nutrition Services (Jennifer Smith, RD, LD, CDE) – both experienced pump/CGM users and trainers – wear 530G for several weeks and offer their candid feedback. Here’s what they had to say.
After nearly 30 years of living with type-1 diabetes and 20 years teaching patients how to better manage it, a few things have become apparent.
I must admit, I don’t consciously think much about having diabetes. I do what I do on auto-pilot most of the time.
The age old (really old!) question is always, “What diet is best for________?” Since we live with diabetes, that’s usually the fill-in-the-blank.