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Jan. 15, 2019

Closed loop, Open Loop, MDI, Patch Pump. These are all methods of delivering insulin — some so complex, the combination of sensor and pump will manage highs and lows; others so simple, you barely need a meter. However, all of these methods could benefit from CGM devices. This week in our …

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Jan. 12, 2019

It is so easy to put reminders in your mobile device that many people fill up their calendar with one reminder after another. I have at least 3 reminders in mine each day. I also have an  app that reminds me to take deep relaxing breaths during the day, as …

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Jan. 8, 2019

We are often amazed when someone is diagnosed with T1DM when there is no family history. That is because the disease is about 15 times more common in siblings of a patient with diabetes than in the general population. In addition, siblings have an average risk of 6% of developing …

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Jan. 5, 2019

My wife is heading in to her first appointment with an endocrinologist. After 3 years of controlling her glucose with long acting insulin, a GLP-1 analog and an SGLT-2I, she had to go on meal time insulin. The use of meal time insulin forced her to check her glucose more …

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Jan. 1, 2019

Many times we think the best technology is what our patients want, but that is not always true. Many times advanced technology means more work, more efforts and a greater acknowledgement of the patient actually taking responsibility for their own care. If a patient is only on mixed insulin twice …

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Dec. 29, 2018

Way back in 1985 TV funny man, David Letterman, shared his first Top 10 List (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKjBNuGypnw) and over the next 30 years Dave shared a lot of lists with millions of viewers. These lists, as you know, were put together by his comedic writing teams, and really had nothing to …

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Dec. 25, 2018

When Steve and I started diabetesincontrol.com we would try our best to get the key opinion leaders and early adopters to speak with us. Oftentimes they were either too busy or we were just not important enough. Thanks to your readership and our perseverance we were able to break down those barriers, and now we often find these same people reaching out …

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Dec. 22, 2018

CGMS use is on the uptake as more and more insurers, including Medicare, see the value of constant knowledge of glucose levels and trending changes that can help prevent hypo- and hyperglycemia before they occur. There is no doubt that CGMS will eventually replace finger sticks for many patients as …

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Dec. 18, 2018

Many years ago when I first got into diabetes care there was constant pushback on the idea of a pharmacist managing diabetes patients. The idea that a pharmacist could actually do pump trainings was unheard of. I thought we Pharmacists would be a natural choice because of our drug knowledge, …

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Dec. 15, 2018

As we move into 2019 we may find that our patients are eligible for more technology and less expensive medications. Over the past few days I have been receiving ads on my Facebook page for the Dexcom 5 and 6 and Medicare coverage. Since my wife has been using mealtime …

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