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Insulin Therapy Center

Insulin Therapy for Diabetes: Diabetes in Control answers key questions about the uses and challenges of insulin in diabetes management, including:
– How insulin is used to treat diabetes
– How/when a healthcare professional should consider insulin therapy for diabetes patients
– What a healthcare professional needs to know about making insulin therapy safe and effective

Beta Bionics Reaches a Milestone

Recently Beta Bionics, the makers of the iLet artificial pancreas, reached a significant milestone: raising $1 million through online public fundraising. It is no longer a question of if an artificial pancreas will exist, but of when it will become commercially available. With every major insulin pump company working in this area, along with many startups, patients will not just have one system, but several they can chose from.

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Alternative Therapies for Type 1 Anger Me

I’ve been with many a person who has type 1, when the person is told if they would just eat, drink, or rub this potion on their body, or if they would just think a certain way, they would no longer have type 1 diabetes. When I see or hear this, I become very angry and protective. Today, a woman who has had type 1 diabetes for almost 30 years told me she went to an alternative healer for an essential oils treatment. The “healer” told her if she would rub the cinnamon oils on her ankles it would heal her diabetes. She asked me what I thought.

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Head Scratching Days with Insulin Action Changes

The topic of insulin action (resistance and sensitivity) has come up multiple times over the years in my articles, but it is admittedly much more complex than I often make it out to be. In a DIC article last summer, you can find a short list of all the factors that can potentially improve insulin action (basically insulin sensitivity). In reality, though, sometimes it is impossible to know exactly what is causing your reduced insulin action from day to day and how to easily and consistently manage it.

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Misuse of New Insulin Strengths

We certainly have important education to accomplish with patients and health professionals regarding the new higher concentration insulin products that are available only in a pen, including U-300 TOUJEO (insulin glargine), U-200 TRESIBA (insulin degludec), and U-200 HUMALOG (insulin lispro). U-500 insulin is also available in a pen (HUMULIN), although vials remain on the market. Patients may not understand proper dosing and dose measurement with these higher concentrations of insulin products.

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