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Whether you’re a health nut, fitness fanatic, or thinking about starting healthier habits or an exercise routine, motivation is key. As a health conscious person and an avid exerciser myself, I even have days where I have to motivate and pump myself up to eat healthy, or get my butt to the gym, yoga studio, or on a hike. We all know eating well and regular physical activity can help balance your physical and mental health.  Read More >

Motivational speaker, Ken Ellis, has successfully managed type 1 diabetes for more than 53 years, and continues to stay motivated through maintaining an attitude of gratitude for the positive things in life. For the past 25 years, rather than bemoan his fate, Ken facilitates hospital and community diabetes support groups, helping hundreds of people.  Read More >

Posted By Naomi Kingery | April 17, 2014 Posted:  

Tags: MiniMed 530G, diabetes, diabetes technology, Enlite,

In this video, two of our clinical specialists walk you through the steps to getting started on the new MiniMed 530G with Enlite. Once you’ve been trained on the new system, we recommend watching this video for a refresher on the process of changing out your infusion set and sensor. Have questions after watching the video? Let us know in the comments below!  Read More >

Diabetesaliciousness blogger, Kelly Kunik, shared her One Spooky Halloween Diagnosis story with us back in October, and has joined us again today to share some of her most memorable moments living with type 1 diabetes. Kelly was not alone in her diabetes diagnosis, as 4 of her 8 immediate family members were also diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, as well as a handful of extended family members.  Read More >

Today, we’re sending a very big THANK YOU to the Arizona State Legislature for passing a budget that restores access to insulin pumps for adults with diabetes in the state’s Medicaid program. Until now, the Arizona Medicaid program included coverage for children with type 1 diabetes. However, once these children turned 21, they were no longer eligible for an insulin pump or supplies.  Read More >

Michelle Shaw is a daughter, friend, wife, mother of three boys (ages 8, 6, and 4), registered nurse, Medtronic employee, an athlete, and a person living with type 1 diabetes for 27 years. After pumping for 17 years, and wearing a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) for 7 years, Michelle recently switched from the MiniMed Paradigm Revel and Sof-sensor to the MiniMed 530G with Enlite. This article was previously published in our News to Infuse Newsletter, and we thought you’d enjoy us sharing it!  Read More >

You may remember guest blogger Amanda Griswold’s entry on deciding to have her son screened for autoantibodies predictive of the development of type 1 diabetes through the research program, TrialNet. Today, we want to remind you of this program, and how it can help us learn more about how type 1 diabetes develops and ways to delay and prevent it.  Read More >

Posted By Naomi Kingery | April 30, 2013 Posted:  

Tags: diabetes care, insulin pump, parenting,

Today we’re bringing back another blog from one of our community favorites, Cheryl, a Medtronic employee, person with diabetes, and a mom! Diabetes is a family disease, and no one knows that more than someone who lives with it every day. Today, Cheryl opens up with The LOOP on what it’s been like to educate her children about what’s involved with her diabetes management.  Read More >

Posted By Dr. Francine Kaufman | April 25, 2013 Posted:  

Tags: Haiti, diabetes advocacy,

Editor’s Note: Today, Dr. Kaufman shares her closing thoughts on her experiences from her most recent trip to Haiti, where she helped with their second-ever diabetes camp. If you’re just now joining us for her story on this years trip, please be sure to check out Haiti 2013: Diabetes Management and the Magic of Laughing Children.  Read More >

Posted By Naomi Kingery | April 23, 2013 Posted:  

Tags: prom, teenagers, insulin pump,

The great group of friends, check. The corsage, check. The special dress, check. Where to wear an insulin pump? Still trying to figure that out. This is what the check list sounded like as one of our customers named Kelly prepared for prom. One of the important events in a teenager’s life is getting the opportunity to go to prom. When you have diabetes and an insulin pump it takes just a little extra planning.  Read More >

Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | April 18, 2013 Posted:  

Tags: parenting, living with diabetes,

Anyone with children will tell you how difficult it can be to balance both career and family – probably even more difficult than they ever imagined before the kids arrived. Now imagine you’re a successful attorney with a demanding career as a partner in a law firm. And then your first baby – at only 10 months old – is diagnosed with diabetes.  Read More >

For most men and women, their wedding day is one they’ll never forget. It takes a tremendous amount of planning to make this day special, and maybe even a little more so for those with diabetes. Today, we share with you a special guest post from professional golfer and pumper, Carling Coffing.  Read More >

Posted By Dr. Francine Kaufman | April 11, 2013 Posted:  

Tags: diabetes advocacy, Haiti,

Editor’s Note: Last year, we shared with you a three-part-series from Dr. Francine Kaufman about her experiences visiting Haiti in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake and helping with their first-ever diabetes camp (Return to Haiti Part 1, Return to Haiti Part 2, Return to Haiti Part 3. This year, Dr. Kaufman and her husband – Dr. Neal Kaufman – returned to Haiti to help children with diabetes without aid.  Read More >

One of my favorite things about our community is hearing inspiring stories of people living well with diabetes while pursuing and achieving so many different dreams – sports, music, art, travel, education and so much more. You may remember high school freshman Caroline Carter from her recent guest blog here on The LOOP, Advocating for Diabetes in the Big Apple.  Read More >

We often hear from people of all ages that insulin pump therapy can be daunting at first. However, it usually doesn’t take long for changing sets and using the Bolus Wizard to become second nature. (Figuring out the exact carb count on your favorite takeout or nailing down those overnight basal rates might take a bit more trial and error.)  Read More >

Posted By Amanda Sheldon | April 2, 2013 Posted:  

Tags: insulin pump,

Here at Medtronic Diabetes, we’re committed to continuing to improve our products and to enable people to better manage their diabetes. The safety of you, our customers, is absolutely our top priority. This is why I’m writing today to let you know that, if you are a Medtronic customer who uses a Paradigm insulin pump, this week you and your healthcare provider will receive a letter from us in the mail. This letter is a voluntary notification about two potential issues with your pump.  Read More >

Posted By Amanda Sheldon | April 17, 2012 Posted:  

Tags: diabetes care,

I have some exciting news to share with you today – Medtronic Diabetes is now on Facebook! We know that a lot of you spend time on Facebook connecting with your friends and with others who have diabetes. We have really enjoyed connecting with you here at The LOOP, as well as on Twitter, which is why we’re thrilled to be on Facebook.  Read More >

Posted By Amanda Sheldon | April 6, 2012 Posted:  

Tags: diabetes advocacy, product development, diabetes care,

Last week was the personal highpoint of my year. One of the best things I get to do every day is answer questions and provide information to people with diabetes to make the management of their diabetes a little easier. At the same time, I work with many of the leaders of the company to get updates on product innovations like the closed loop, clinical studies to improve outcomes, and a variety of other topics including education and support.  Read More >

Posted By Naomi Kingery | April 28, 2011 Posted:  

Tags: DSMA,

This month the Diabetes Social Media Advocacy (DSMA) blog carnival is focusing on Life Stages with Diabetes. Specifically, the question posed is “how did relationships with other people help inspire you to take care of yourself?” In my very first carnival entry, I share some of my thoughts on the topic.  Read More >

Posted By Amanda Sheldon | April 26, 2011 Posted:  

Tags: insulin pump, diabetes care, Type 2 diabetes,

Today we are happy to share Part 2 of Glen Lowe’s story. In Part 1, Glen shared the story of his type 2 diagnosis and the work he is doing with the Health Care Disparities Group. Today in Part 2, Glen tells us about the devastating loss of his brother and serious complications that drove him to make some changes in the way he was managing his diabetes.  Read More >

Posted By Naomi Kingery | April 21, 2011 Posted:  

Tags: summer, waterproof, insulin pump, outdoor activities,

When you think of the upcoming summer months you may think of ice cold lemonade, sun tanning at the beach, and splashing in the water to cool down. I grew up in India and then Texas, so I'm no stranger to the heat. Now that I live in L.A. I live close to the beach but since I, like many of you, wear an insulin pump that is water-tight (not water-proof), I try to do what I can to protect my pink pump, also known as my best friend.  Read More >

Posted By Amanda Sheldon | April 19, 2011 Posted:  

Tags: Type 2 diabetes, insulin pump, diabetes care,

Today we hear Part 1 of a two-part interview with Glen Lowe, a territory manager in the Neuromodulation business unit of Medtronic who lives with type 2 diabetes. Glen was kind enough to talk with The LOOP about his diagnosis, the work he’s doing with the Health Care Disparities Group and a few pieces of advice to others. We thank Glen very much for taking the time to share with us his personal journey and positive look forward. Stay tuned for Part 2 of his story coming soon.  Read More >

Posted By Naomi Kingery | April 14, 2011 Posted:  

Tags: insulin pump, diabetes care, Bolus,

When someone asks what my favorite thing is about my pump, there would be a tie with three answers: less shots, Bolus Wizard, and it’s pink (of course). Why the Bolus Wizard, above all the pump features? Let me explain.  Read More >

Posted By Amanda Sheldon | April 12, 2011 Posted:  

Tags: exercise, Medtronic Foundation,

And if you are a global hero, do you happen to run marathons? We’re asking because this week is the deadline for the Medtronic Global Heroes program.It's a pretty neat way to celebrate runners who benefit from medical technology, showing the world that people who live with chronic, life-changing conditions live full and rich lives.  Read More >

Meet professional golfer and winner of the Golf Channel’s “Big Break” competition, Carling Coffing. From the moment Carling was first diagnosed, she decided that she would never let diabetes get in the way of pursuing her dreams. Today, Carling shares her story.  Read More >

Posted By Amanda Sheldon | April 5, 2011 Posted:  

Tags: innovation, diabetes care,

On Friday, we invited over 20 members of the Diabetes Online Community (DOC) to Northridge, CA to visit the home of the Diabetes business unit of Medtronic for what we called the Diabetes Advocate Forum (#MedtronicDAF). We thank everyone for coming and those who participated via Twitter for a very fun and dynamic day.  Read More >

Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | April 4, 2011 Posted:  

Tags: diabetes care, CareLink,

A couple weeks back, Naomi talked about her logbook struggles and how CareLink® Therapy Management Software really helps her take control of her health. She’s not alone — CareLink is a very popular part of our integrated system. Customers tell us they really like seeing the cause-and-effect relationships in all those colorful charts, graphs, and tables. And it’s really helpful to be able to share and discuss them with your endo.  Read More >

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