Friday, September 30, 2016

FDA Approves First Closed Loop System

This is an important step in producing a closed loop system for insulin users, but I have some reservations.
The accuracy of the Enlite sensors could prove to be an important issue with this closed loop device. Many users of Medtronic Enlite sensors have found them to be very inaccurate at times. Some users quit using them, and started using the Dexcom CGM system. I found these dissatisfied people in the Tandem T-Slim facebook group. They started using the Tandem pump because it is integrated with the Dexcom CGM, and now they are very pleased with the switch. I have read that some people are having success with the Enlite sensors, but many are having trouble with the accuracy. I would not want to have the 679G monitor my BG and give me insulin, when I actually did not have a high that required any insulin. That could result in terrible hypoglycemia. Even the Dexcom CGM has occasional problems. I am using the Dexcom G4 and I do get false alarms a couple of times most days. I want to make my own decisions, I do not want a device doing that for me.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Libre, Coming To The US

This is Abbott's FreeStyle Libre, a simplified CGM system that is not so expensive as the Dexcom. It has been approved by the FDA, and the consumer version should be available very soon now. It has been used in some other countries for several years. You can find the Libre users group on Facebook and ask questions there. This might be a good option for those of us who do not have insurance that will cover the more expensive CGM systems. It might also be affordable for out of pocket purchases.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

FFL Conference, Summary

William Lee Dubois gives us a splendid summary of the Friends For Life Conference held in Orlando, July, 2016. It is well worth reading, even if you have attended the conference in the past. Wil is a gifted author, and has written some excellent books on Type 1 diabetes topics. I recommend that you read this article. Every reader will want to go to the FFL event in 2017. I was a speaker at the FFL in 2015, and I hope to do that again in 2017.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

New Minimed 630g Pump

I am impressed by the new Minimed 630g insulin pump (see description below). So many great new features. I think I may switch to the Tandem tslim pump since it has a built in Dexcom CGM. I wear a Dexcom receiver while using my current Medtronic Revel pump. Now I have been told that the 630g will not be covered by Medicare since users will be required to use the CGM transmitter and sensors. I am very disappointed.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Diabetes and Skin Problems

Skin problems can be frequent with diabetes. I have very dry skin at times, and I use a moisturizing cream after bathing. Infections, and fungus are more likely for people with diabetes. The following quiz from has a lot of very useful information.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Diabetes Alert Dogs

I found this wonderful article on diabetes alert dogs (DADs). It is very well written, and can be an excellent guide to anyone who wants, or is curious about DADs. The author of this article is Dorrie Nuttall, one of my Facebook friends.