Wednesday, July 27, 2016

95 Years Ago Today

95 years ago today (July, 1921) doctors Banting and Best discovered insulin. What a marvelous discovery that was!!

Closed Loop Systems

There are several closed loop systems being developed. When they become available, we would have three options: insulin only to prevent high BG, glucagon only to prevent low blood sugar, and a combination of both (Bionic Pancreas aka the Islet). Human trials have been successful with several of the systems, and at least one of them is expected to have FDA premarket approval this summer.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

FDA Approves Dexcom for Bolusing

An FDA advisory panel approves using Dexcom numbers for blousing. It is hoped that this will lead to Medicare approval of Dexcom CGMs. Seniors need Medicare to cover expenses. I know I certainly do.

Friday, July 22, 2016

A New Product...Elovate

I have been trying a new product to help when I have low
blood sugar. It is called Elovate 15. A 6 packet box of cherry flavored powder, which dissolves very fast in your mouth. The pics below show how it helped me with a low of 57 on Tuesday. In 17 minutes My BG was raised to 74, and in another 17 minutes to 101. That is about the same as with glucose tabs, but I like Elovate much better. I do not like the hard crunchy texture and the aftertaste of glucose tabs. The taste of Elovate is great.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Diabetes Innovator of the Year

Ed DamIano has a T1 son, and he has developed the iLet Bionic Pancreas. I heard Ed give a very wonderful and dynamic speech at the FFL conference in 2015. He was given a standing ovation , and it was well deserved!

Great Articles from DiaTribe

DiaTribe is one of my favorite sources of information on Diabetes topics. In my email today I have a link that explores the following topics: "People With Diabetes Are Not 'Suffering' and There is No 'Bad' Kind"; "Why Don't Some People Take Their Diabetes Medications?"; "What Are The Biggest Concerns in Diabetes?"; "Why is Access to Diabetes Education So Low?"
These and other topics are discussed in this issue from DiaTribe. You may want to subscribe and receive articles like these in your emails.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Dr. Elliott Joslin

This is Dr. Elliott Joslin, a very famous doctor who diagnosed and treated diabetics many years ago. One of his publications involved Type 1 Diabetes, 1900-1950. The first 21 years of that time period was before insulin was discovered. The Joslin Diabetes Center, in Boston, was named after Dr. Joslin.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Time Out for Humor

I received this email today. I needed a good laugh!! LOL
"Growing up is a weird notion to wrap your mind around. As you go through life, your perspectives on almost everything will change. How you define success will change as well. Things that you thought were important at the age of 35 will be useless when you are 65. You may not realize it now, but everything will shift...
At age 4 success is not peeing in your pants.
At age 12 success is having friends.
At age 16 success is having a drivers license.
At age 20 success is having sex.
At age 35 success is having money.
At age 60 success is having money
At age 70 success is having sex.
At age 80 success is having a drivers license.
At age 85 success is having friends.
At age 90 success is not peeing in your pants.
It all comes full circle, whether you like it or not.
1960 Hits Renamed
Some of the artists of the 60's are revising their hits with new lyrics to accommodate aging baby boomers who can remember doing the "Limbo" as if it were yesterday.

They include :
Herman's Hermits ---
Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Walker
Ringo Starr ---
I Get By With A Little Help From Depends
The Bee Gees ---
How Can You Mend A Broken Hip?
Roberta Flack---
The First Time Ever I Forgot Your Face
Johnny Nash ---
I Can't See Clearly Now
Paul Simon---
Fifty Ways To Lose Your Liver
The Commodores ---
Once, Twice, Three Times To The Bathroom
Procol Harem---
A Whiter Shade Of Hair
Leo Sayer ---
You Make Me Feel Like Napping
The Temptations ---
Papa's Got A Kidney Stone
Denture Queen
Tony Orlando ---
Knock 3 Times On The Ceiling If You Hear Me Fall
Helen Reddy ---
I Am Woman; Hear Me Snore
Leslie Gore---
It's My Procedure, and I'll Cry If I Want To
And Last , but NOT least:
Willie Nelson ---
On the Commode Again
Every day may not be good. . ..
but there's something good in every day."

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Diabetes, Clinical Language Problem

The following blog was written by Sysy Morales, one of my favorite type 1 bloggers. She lives in Roanoke, VA. I was born and lived in Roanoke for 23 years. I have not visited Roanoke for six years, but I want to meet Sysy when I do. This blog is called "Diabetes and Clinical Language Problem: We Have the Power". It is very intelligent, and very well written.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Exiting The Diabetes Union

This is a wonderful article written by Riva Greenberg. Riva has been a T1D for 44 years. She has written three books about diabetes, and she writes articles in the Health section of the Huffington Post. I think you will like this!

Monday, July 4, 2016

Videos For T1Ds, 70 and 75 Years

Daniel Hargenrader makes wonderful videos. She interviewed me in 2015 and she interviewed Judith Ball this year. My interview occurred when I had been T1 for 70 years. Judith's video recognizes the completion of her 75'th year of T1D. The links for both videos are given below.