Continuous Glucose Monitors: A Type 2’s Weapon of Mass Instruction

CGMs are a wonderful technology that can help make both your life (and your diabetes management) easier, and there are several great options to explore.

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My Detailed Review of the MiniMed 670G from Medtronic

The MiniMed 670G from Medtronic is an insulin pump coupled with a glucose sensor. I decided to try it partially out of professional interest and partially out of personal interest, as my blood glucose control hasn’t been the greatest the past couple of years. Since I started using 670G, my overall blood glucose control is better, but I have to keep reminding myself of this non-consequential fact, because every day I find things about this system that I don’t particularly like.

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DIY Looping

Steve and I had the pleasure of going to Vienna, Austria together two weeks ago for the diabetes technology meeting, and while there definitely was some cool stuff presented in the artificial pancreas world, my update comes from my own AP world. As I’ve mentioned before, I started on LOOP about 4 months ago, and I think I’m finally ready to give an update on it.

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The Latest and Greatest in Insulin Pumps and Sensor Technology

With so many choices for insulin delivery out there these days, how do you know which one is right for you? Type 1 Coach Carla Cox (PhD, CDE, RD, FAAD, CPT) shares insights on some of the top options.

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Medicare’s smartphone restriction of Dexcom G5 hurts patients

When I first wrote about Medicare’s guidance in covering the Dexcom G5 Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM), I was concerned about some wording that suggested that Medicare would not allow the use of a smartphone as a secondary display.

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Recap of an exciting month for diabetes and technological innovation

Fall has come with a flurry of new products, FDA approvals, and announcements from the major players in diabetes technology. Don’t miss out by checking out a quick recap of what matters.

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Why the Medtronic 670G Artificial Pancreas is a huge deal for diabetes

So you’ve read all the headlines about an artificial pancreas and how it’s supposed to change the world for diabetes, but what does it really mean? We understand the skepticism… Remember: Medtronic previously claimed to have released an artificial pancreas system back in 2013.

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Devices aren’t drugs: Insurance companies should not dictate diabetes technology

The diabetes community has been set ablaze after UnitedHealthcare announced an agreement for Medtronic devices to be the “preferred” in-network, durable medical equipment (DME) provider of insulin pumps. Starting July 1, 2016, UnitedHealthcare patients will be funneled toward using a Medtronic insulin pump instead of offerings from manufacturers like Tandem and Animas.

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New Apple Watch update brings improvements for diabetes

The Apple Watch first arrived to much fanfare exactly six months ago.  Despite some sensational headlines in mainstream press and Dexcom’s bold efforts to fully support the Apple Watch with the Share platform, the overall user experience for people with diabetes was tolerable at best, due to limitations in the aptly-title watchOS (the Apple Watch’s operating system).

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