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…

Diabetes Blogs

Blog. It sounds like something you would say when you are feeling under the weather (“I’m feeling so blog today…”), but it is actually short for Web log, a regularly updated online journal. Blogs were originally used by people who…

Tools of the Trade 2012

This year was a busy one for the diabetes market; many more new tools and medicines won FDA approval in 2012 than in recent years…

Tools of the Trade 2011

Some of the biggest changes in the diabetes market in 2011 had to do with medicines – several long-awaited new drugs gained FDA approval, and important labeling changes were made to some diabetes drugs already on the market. In addition, new devices were introduced to make handling needles easier, improve blood glucose control, and provide more options to help people manage their diabetes…

Choosing a Hearing Aid

I came to loathe the first pair of hearing aids I ever tried over five years ago. The audiologist took great delight in explaining all of the fancy electronics inside them, but I didn’t find them very impressive in the real world. ..