What you need to know about Canada's newest insulin pumps

Posted by Daniel Bestvater RPh, CDE - T1 1977, Pumper 20+ years on Nov 17, 2018 8:10:42 AM

The Medtronic™670G  and the Tandem® t:slim X2™ insulin pumps have received approval from Health Canada.  This is very big news for the Canadian insulin pump market!

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Tags: managing diabetes, children with diabetes, diabetes community, life with diabetes, starting an insulin pump, Tandem® t:slim X2, Medtronic insulin pump, diabetes tips, diabetes, insulin pump, type 1 diabetes

Nightscout...the Original CGM Sharing Program

My daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes 5 years ago. She was 6 years old at the time. All she knew about T1D was what she saw or heard from me. I've been managing a life with Type 1 for 20 years.

Before she was diagnosed, I used to hear whispers of new treatments, tools and potential cures coming down the pipe, but always with the tagline of '5-10 years from now'. They were right. That 5 years turned to 10, which quickly turned to 15 and now 20, yet - after millions of hours and dollars invested in research and development, I felt that there had been no significan progress. I had basically become numb to 'the pipeline' and had completely given up on 'the cure', until I tripped over Nightscout while scrolling through my newsfeed on Facebook a few years ago.

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Tags: diabetes control, managing diabetes, diabetes community, life with diabetes, children with diabetes, Medtronic insulin pump, diabetes tips, insulin pump, type 1 diabetes, DIY pumping, DIY CGM, #WeAreNotWaiting

Talking About Diabetes: Why it’s helpful, why you might not want to, and how to go about it

Posted by Virtue Bajurny, BSW, MSW, RSW Type 1 1994, Pumper '09 on Sep 13, 2018 10:46:41 AM

There are a variety of reasons you might want to let some people in your life know about your diabetes. An obvious example might be that it can be helpful to have people in your life that can assist you in case your blood glucose levels are dangerously high or low, but even outside those emergency situations it can just be nice to know that you have other people in your life that are open and willing to support you through the everyday ups and downs of diabetes.

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Tags: reducing stress, mindfulness, diabetes community, life with diabetes, handling the stress of diabetes care, diabetes stress, mental health, diabetes tips, type 1 diabetes

What should I do if my pump fails?

Posted by Daniel Bestvater RPh, CDE - T1 1977, Pumper 20+ years on Sep 12, 2018 1:49:57 PM

Have you ever thought about what you would do if something happened to your insulin pump?

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Tags: managing diabetes, diabetes control, going on vacation with diabetes, traveling with diabetes, children with diabetes, life with diabetes, Animas®insulin pump, Tandem® t:slim X2, Medtronic insulin pump, Animas insulin pump, diabetes tips, insulin pump, type 1 diabetes

What the Heck are IPX Ratings Anyway?

Posted by Kelly Evans, Type 1 '72, Pumper '15 on Aug 25, 2018 9:58:00 AM

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Tags: managing diabetes, going on vacation with diabetes, traveling with diabetes, life with diabetes, Animas®insulin pump, Medtronic insulin pump, diabetes tips, insulin pump, type 1 diabetes, waterproof, water resistance, IPX rating

What Does ‘Self-Care’ Mean in the Context of Diabetes?

Posted by Virtue Bajurny, BSW, MSW, RSW Type 1 1994, Pumper '09 on Jul 9, 2018 1:43:34 PM

The term ‘self-care’ has become a somewhat of a buzzword these days. There are plenty of articles, memes, and graphics describing simple steps you can take for yourself to find a break from your hectic daily schedule—take a bubble bath, enjoy a piece of chocolate, create a daily gratitude journal. All of those things are nice, and potentially helpful, but they talk about self-care in terms that don’t take into account the reality of living with a chronic illness.

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Tags: mindfulness, children with diabetes, diabetes community, life with diabetes, diabetes and mental health, handling the stress of diabetes care, diabetes burnout, mental health, diabetes and depression, anxiety, diabetes tips, diabetes, type 1 diabetes

Cash Infusion: Saving Money on insulin pump infusion sets.

Posted by Kelly Evans, Type 1 '72, Pumper '15 on Jun 28, 2018 1:19:45 PM

Everyone likes to save money. As diabetics, it’s even more important, as we have all the extra ‘stuff’ to purchase. Lancets, pen needles, insulin, alcohol swabs, pump supplies, more than the average person. And I know my diabetic friends, all of whom have been conquering the disease daily for 25 years or more, have little tips and short cuts.

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Tags: children with diabetes, diabetes community, life with diabetes, being attached to an insulin pump, Medtronic insulin pump, lower cost infusion sets, cost savings, pharmacy, diabetes tips, infusion set tips, infusion set savings, diabetes costs, insulin pump, infusion sets, type 1 diabetes

How to Create a Healthy Relationship with Your Diabetes Care Team

Posted by Virtue Bajurny, BSW, MSW, RSW Type 1 1994, Pumper '09 on Jun 12, 2018 2:16:29 PM

Before experiencing life with a chronic illness you likely had less interaction with the healthcare system. You probably only saw a doctor for an occasional check-up or to get a prescription for an acute illness, like antibiotics for a bacterial infection. However, when you or someone you care for was diagnosed with diabetes, your relationship with the healthcare system likely changed quite suddenly and quite drastically; you went from seeing a physician as an occasional acquaintance to managing several long-term relationships throughout a whole healthcare team.

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Tags: life with diabetes, handling the stress of diabetes care, diabetes stress, diabetes counselling, anxiety, mental health, diabetes tips, diabetes, insulin, diabetes care team, being your own wellness advocate

Diabetes is easier when shared

Posted by Barb Wagstaff, Son T1 '00, pumper '03 on Apr 20, 2018 12:55:51 PM

Everyone here at insulinpumps.ca has a personal connection to diabetes.  We understand the importance of having people who "get it" in your life. It helps to be able to talk to other people who understand what life with diabetes is really like. It can make diabetes feel lighter.  That's why we are partnering with Virtue BajurnyBSW, MSW, RSW to provide you with ongoing support! 

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Tags: handling the stress of diabetes care, diabetes stress, mental health, diabetes burnout, diabetes and depression, diabetes counselling, anxiety, type 1 diabetes, diabetes tips

Diabetes and Anxiety: You're Not Alone

Posted by Emily Dentinger,Type 1 '98, Pumper '08, CGM '15 on Mar 26, 2018 8:34:31 AM

Diabetes is not an easy disease to deal with.  Most Diabetics look calm, cool, and collected on the outside, but on the inside, there can be constant worry about going too high or too low, and all the factors that can negatively affect this.  It isn't hard to figure out how all of this can lead to anxiety.   After all, we are picking up the slack of an internal organ!  We are our pancreas!  That isn't a small feat.  However since we are human as well, we aren't by any means perfect.  Things won't always go the way we want.  Anxiety can feel like it is taking over your life, however there is a way to get back to yourself.  Here are 4 things to remember if your Diabetes is causing you anxiety.

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Tags: diabetes tips, diabetes, type 1 diabetes, mental health, anxiety, diabetes burnout

     

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