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Balancing Diabetes: 10 Clever tips, tools and useful reminders

By |2016-12-08T23:26:50+00:00April 24th, 2015|Thinking Like A Pancreas Blog|

It’s great when there are tips or tools that help us remember when to do something or products that make carrying all our “stuff” a bit easier. Little thing can helps us balance diabetes a bit better.

Make It Snappy! A review of the Asante Snap insulin pump

By |2016-12-08T23:26:51+00:00February 11th, 2015|Uncategorized|

By Gary Scheiner I’ve always felt that it takes three things -- I call them the “3 Ts” -- to manage diabetes effectively: Tools, Techniques, and ‘Tude (attitude… but I needed something that starts with “T”). If any of the three is lacking, diabetes management tends to fall apart. Insulin pumps fall into the “tools” category. Pumps are viewed as one of the more powerful and effective instruments at our disposal, but it still takes the skills and desire to use a pump optimally in order to achieve better glucose control and quality of life.   Since most people stay tethered to their insulin pump longer than the average marriages lasts, it pays to shop around. There are now SIX different insulin pumps on the U.S. market, and there are differences between them – distinctions that have both clinical and convenience implications. That’s why we have a detailed set of pump comparisons at our website.   Recently, I’ve had the opportunity to use one of the “new kids on the block” -- the Snap insulin pump from Asante Solutions, based in California’s silicon valley. I believe the name comes from one of the key attributes of the pump – how easy it is to set up and maintain. Unlike other pumps, Snap is modular. The “brain” of the pump (called the controller) is the only part that is not disposable. The controller has a full-color display and buttons that correspond with the on-screen icons. The controller also stores historical information for on-screen review and downloading. Asante Snap Controller Since a brain isn’t of much use without a body, Snap utilizes disposable “pump bodies” (really… that’s what they’re called!). Each pump body holds a 300-unit prefilled [...]

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.

Jenny & Lisa Review the 530G

By |2016-12-08T23:26:57+00:00May 30th, 2014|Thinking Like A Pancreas Blog|

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.