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Continuous Glucose Monitoring Approved for Kids

Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new model of the MiniMed Paradigm REAL-Time Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) System for use in children aged 7 to 17 who have Type 1 diabetes. While multiple CGM systems have come onto the market over the past year, they were previously only approved for adults. Now, however, Medtronic’s REAL-Time CGM devices will be available in pediatric models of the MiniMed Paradigm REAL-Time System and Guardian REAL-Time System. Read More “Continuous Glucose Monitoring Approved for Kids”

What Were Reading: Symlin and Pregnancy

This week, we’d like to direct your attention to this post at www.revolutionhealth.com entitled “Symlin—yes or no!?” The post, written by Kelly Close (a writer, editor, and consultant who has Type 1 diabetes), examines her dilemma about whether to use the injectable drug pramlintide (brand name Symlin) to help lower her HbA1c level during pregnancy.

For more information about Symlin, please visit Jan Chait’s blog entry “Symlin: Sometimes the Positives Outweigh the Negatives.” Read More “What Were Reading: Symlin and Pregnancy”

Inhaled Insulin Passes Test for Safety

Inhaled insulin (brand name Exubera) has been getting some negative press lately, focusing on its high price, large inhaler, slow sales, and concerns about its effects on lung function. While the results of a new study may not be able to do much to address the first three issues, they have shown inhaled insulin to be safe for the lungs and effective for diabetes management over a two-year period of use. Read More “Inhaled Insulin Passes Test for Safety”

What We’re Reading: “His First Syringe”

This week, we’d like to direct your attention to this post at www.sixuntilme.com. In it, blogger Kerri relates the story of teaching her partner, Chris, how to give her an insulin injection. This blog is written by Kerri Morrone, a writer and editor with Type 1 diabetes.

And as a reminder, today is the final day during which you can nominate The Diabetes Self-Managment Blog for “Best Blog” and “Best Professional News Blog” over at The Diabetes O.C.. You can go straight to the nominating page, or read more about the awards in this previous “What We’re Reading” post. Read More “What We’re Reading: “His First Syringe””

Treating Diabetes with Diet and Exercise

Recently, I was reading some of the readers’ postings on this Web site. Some of these postings expressed fairly strong opinions about how one should best manage his or her diabetes. Of course, one of the many good things about living in the United States is our right to freedom of speech, and postings such as these certainly get people thinking. However, it’s all too common for misconceptions about diabetes to abound. Whether it’s the belief that eating sugar causes diabetes, or that starting on insulin can make you go blind, or that having to start taking diabetes pills or insulin means that you’re a “bad diabetic,” as a dietitian and diabetes educator, I feel compelled to set the record straight whenever I can. Read More “Treating Diabetes with Diet and Exercise”

Mixed Results in Islet Transplantation Study

For years, the transplantation of insulin-producing pancreatic islet cells has held promise as a potential cure for Type 1 diabetes. Now, a new study has shown that while transplantation can help recipients improve their blood glucose control, the transplanted cells tend to lose function progressively, requiring most recipients to resume insulin injections within two years. Read More “Mixed Results in Islet Transplantation Study”

Intro and a Little About Me

Well, where do I begin? I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes on Christmas Day in 2003, at the age of 28. A little strange to be hit with Type 1 at that age, but what can you do? Just when I thought I’d won the genetic lottery, Santa Claus gave me diabetes. (Santa Claus is your mom and dad.) To deal with the diagnosis, I wrote a song called "Santa Claus Gave Me Diabetes." Read More “Intro and a Little About Me”

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