Diabetes Health Type 1: Using the Tandem Insulin Pump Has Helped Keeping Her Blood Sugars in a Good Range

By Claire Lynch At age 19 Michele Cramer went to her doctor afraid that she had a urinary tract infection. The nurse asked her to give a urine sample and they discovered sugar in her urine. She had all of the classic symptoms of Type 1 – fatigue, excessive thirst and frequent UTIs – and after additional testing they determined that’s what it was. Her

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AskNadia: The History of the Implantable Insulin Pump

Dear Jeff,  I have had diabetes for 28 years and wore two different insulin pumps for a total of 8 years. I quit the insulin pump because of scarring issues that lead to insulin effectiveness issues. Now after many years, I am starting to suffer from the long-term effects of diabetes. The implantable insulin pump could make a difference in my life.  This new technology

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Diabetes Health: Doctors Using Technology to Help People With Diabetes

An online survey from Consumer Reports showed that the top complaint among 660 surveyed doctors was the failure of patients to follow advice or treatment recommendations. Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes can be effectively managed in most patients through diet, exercise and (in some cases) medication. People with diabetes often struggle to follow the orders prescribed by their doctors. People with diabetes express that they

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AskNadia: Why Medicare Covers Some Insulin Pumps

I was thinking about getting an insulin pump, but I am worried that Medicare will not cover it. Why does Medicare cover insulin pumps for some people and not for others? Barbara Florida Dear Barbara, Insulin pumps are covered under Medicare if you meet their insulin pump management criteria, insulin antibody test or C-Peptide test. If you are thinking about getting an insulin pump, this

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AskNadia: My Doctor Refuses to Prescribe Me Enough Insulin

Dear Nadia: I use an insulin pump, and since we have changed insurance plans, I have a new Doctor, who will not give me enough insulin to last me a month. I have told him that I run out of insulin every month. Andrew Sacramento Ca Dear Andrew: That is outrageous. Is your physician an endocrinologist? Does he understand insulin pump therapy? His lack of

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AskNadia: Type 1 Son Coming from Saudi Arabia to America

Dear Nadia, My son was diagnosed with T1 when he was eight years old. He has been living in Saudi Arabia and getting excellent medical care from the time of his diagnosis. He started using an insulin pump at the age of 9. He is now going to Pomona, California and enrolling in intensive English courses. I would like your recommendations for an excellent T1

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Singer-Songwriter Has Type 1.5

Valerie June was exhausted, but initially thought it was her busy schedule, and maybe a bit of jet lag. The 27-year-old singer-songwriter was juggling a burgeoning music career along with numerous part-time jobs to keep herself afloat while she pursued her dream. Valerie would fall asleep standing up, and she struggled to do promotional interviews through her fog of fatigue. After she passed out and

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AskNadia: Should I get A Therapy Dog Because My Great Niece’s Fluctuating Blood Sugars?

My great niece was diagnosed three years ago with diabetes she is now 13.  She gives herself seven shots a day.  Her sugar fluctuates so much that my niece seriously wants to get her a therapy dog.  The problem is she is a single mom with two other children trying to put herself through college and no money.  If we could get some guidance or

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AskNadia: Allergic to Humalog and Medicare Will Not Pay for NovoLog

Hello Nadia, I got your email address from Insulin-Pumpers.org and hoped you can help me with an answer as to the current action of Medicare forcing people to use Humalog instead of NovoLog.  Medicare has refused to pay for the NovoLog and I am allergic to Humalog.  I was told you might have some useful tips to change their mind since being allergic to Humalog is not

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AskNadia: How Do I Find an Insulin Pump Support Group in My Area?

Dear Nadia, How do I find a type 1 insulin support group near me? I am in an online group but it would helpful to be part of a live insulin pump support group with monthly meetings. I am in the Atlanta, GA area about 30 miles outside the city. Please help. Sandy Dear Sandy: I am not surprised as a pumper that you want

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