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FDA Recommendations For Diabetes Management Are Largely Ineffective

Diabetes management, if limited to FDA recommendations is largely ineffective.

Are you sure? My personal adventures in health insurance verification

Have there been any documented deaths from waiting too long on hold with an insurance company? I may have come close a few times. The hold times can be anywhere from a lucky few minutes to my all-time record of 37 minutes. Speaking of, I am currently in minute 23 as I type.

Medtronic’s 670G Hybrid Closed Loop System: How to Customize Settings For The Best Performance

Medtronic’s Hybrid Closed Loop System: Getting More Bang For Your Buck By, Gary Scheiner MS, CDE, Jennifer Smith RD, LD, CDE, Alicia Downs RN, MSN, CDE, Annette Valle RN, [...]

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

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.

ADA Scientific Sessions 2018: Gary’s Top-5 Observations

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. 

LOOP vs. Medtronic 670G

One of the best examples I’ve come across in the “regulation vs. right to choose” debate related to diabetes technology is the We Are Not Waiting movement within the diabetes space.

Choosing a CGM: 3 Heads are Better Than One

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?

It’s Libre, Man! In-Depth Review of the Newly Approved Freestyle Libre

Diabetes educator, Gary Scheiner gives his in-depth review of the newly approved Abbott Freestyle Libre CGM continuous glucose monitor.

670G and Me: Insights and Incites on Medtronic’s Latest System

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.

Finding humor in Diabetes: #laughingwithyou

Humor can make the burden of diabetes a little less heavy.

Medicare and Diabetes Technology Insurance Coverage

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.

2016 Blood Glucose Meter Comparisons

Meters should be within 10% of lab values to be considered accurate. The more often a meter falls within 10% (or 10 points) of the lab value, the more reliable it will be.

Back to School for kids with Diabetes

Heading back to school is an exciting and anxious time for most and no doubt diabetes can add to that anxiety level. Whether your child is very young, newly diagnosed or maybe just heading to a new school this year, the thought of going back to school may have you both on edge.

Artificial Pancreas Systems – What’s in the Future?

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.

Continuous Glucose Monitoring Systems (CGM) Medtronic & Dexcom Review & Comparison

How do the latest Medtronic and Dexcom CGM systems compare?

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