Insulin Pumps

An estimated 200,000 people in the United States use insulin pumps today, and about 10,000 of those are believed to have Type 2 diabetes. Surprised? Type 2 diabetes is a progressive disease that causes many people who have it to eventually need to use…

Insulin Delivery Devices

Insulin is a necessary part of the treatment plan for all people with Type 1 diabetes and many with Type 2. Insulin helps get glucose from the bloodstream into the muscle and fat cells to be used for fuel. It cannot be taken as a pill or a swallowed…

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Insulin Patch Pumps

Working with an understanding health-care provider and/or diabetes educator can be a big help in overcoming many of the barriers to starting insulin and using it successfully. It can also help to carefully choose which insulin delivery device to use…

Tools of the Trade 2013

Many of 2013’s new diabetes tools are redesigns of earlier products. In addition, a new neuropathy treatment device hit the market, as well as a first-in-class diabetes drug and several remote health monitoring systems and Web applications that make it easier than ever to understand and share health information…

Go Ahead, Pick Your Pump

My plan is to go through life with two things at my side: My wife (‘til death do us part…) and my insulin pump, at least until there’s a cure for diabetes.

Choosing my wife was easy—she was the only woman who was willing…

Choosing and Using an Insulin Pump Infusion Set

When a person uses an insulin pump to control his diabetes, one of the decisions he has to make is what model of infusion set to use. Pumps are often an excellent choice for people who use insulin and seek tight control of their diabetes but need some…

Pump Training

Ask any insulin pump trainer if he has ever seen a pump user with inadequate training and the first response is usually a sigh. “I always think of this sign I saw once that said, ‘We fix $8 haircuts,'” says Ginger Such, RD, CDE…

Advances In Medical Technology

Treatment of diabetes, like most areas of medicine, has changed considerably over the years as a result of technological advances. From the discovery, purification, and mass production of insulin to the development of less painful ways to deliver it, the…

Finding Health Information on the Internet

Do you realize that when you are looking for health information on the Internet, you are searching through 124 million Web sites? Given the sheer volume of health information online, how do you find the specific information you need? And once you find it, how do you determine whether the source of the information is reliable?

Virtual Diabetes Management

The amount of diabetes-related software has exploded in the past few years, fueled in part by the proliferation of applications for mobile phones. This article describes a range of programs for different devices and platforms, varying in their purposes and capabilities…