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Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | December 17, 2013 Posted:  

Tags: insulin pump, travel, diabetes management, insulin pump therapy,

After Michael DiFiore enjoyed a career at Medtronic for 10 years, he recently started a new life chapter determined to travel the world. Michael shares his journey managing his type 1 diabetes while traveling across the world to India. Thanks Michael for sharing your story and tips for others managing diabetes while traveling.  Read More >


Posted By Karen Graffeo | December 12, 2013 Posted:  

Tags: diabetes care, diabetes management, exercise,

Although I know regular exercise is very beneficial to those with diabetes, it’s always been a struggle for me. Several years ago my Facebook feed was filled with posts about the Couch to 5K program. It felt like everyone I knew was training for a 5K. Something about those posts hooked me, and before I knew it, I was training for a 5K too. My husband Pete and I even signed up for a local 5K race.  Read More >


Posted By Naomi Kingery | December 10, 2013 Posted:  

Tags: MiniMed 530G, Enlite,

I’ve now worn an insulin pump for eleven years (all of them have been MiniMed models) and have worked here at Medtronic for over four years. With each pump upgrade, I have become more and more familiar with what needs to be done. Traditionally, I’ve just input all my settings, learned about new menu structures, and referenced the user guide or website for reminders when I needed them. Over time, I’ve grown to be more confident in my skills as “an experienced pumper.”  Read More >


One of the most fulfilling parts of my job is the opportunity to collaborate on projects, brush shoulders in the hallway with people who I consider extremely smart, inspirational, and committed to the work they do for people with diabetes. Eric Larson, a Mechanical Engineering Manager for Sensor and Research Development, is NO exception! Eric was a monumental force behind the brand new Enlite sensor and its important components like the Enlite serter.  Read More >


Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | December 3, 2013 Posted:  

Tags: Enlite, MiniMed 530G, diabetes care,

It is my pleasure today to introduce Vince Myers. Vince was the first person in the United States to receive the MiniMed530G system, and is an extremely motivating guy. After 6 years of being on just an insulin pump, Vince’s A1C hung around 7.0, but his inactivity had taken a toll on his body, making him feel sluggish and out of shape. Determined to get in better health, Vince began training for his first 5k race one year ago, and just finished his first 10k last month.  Read More >


Posted By Naomi Kingery | December 20, 2012 Posted:  

Tags: diabetes management, customer support,

All year long I have had the pleasure of writing a variety of support related blog posts here on The LOOP. While using technology to assist with a disease as complex as diabetes, there is an opportunity to learn something new every day.  Read More >


Posted By Lane Desborough | December 18, 2012 Posted:  

Tags: global diabetes advocacy, diabetes care,

Recently my friend Fran Kaufman, our Chief Medical Officer, contacted me to explain that Medtronic was piloting a skills-based volunteering program, Skills for Change. She asked if I would like to be part of a small global team travelling to Chennai, India for 3 weeks to focus on gestational and type 2 diabetes. I immediately jumped at the opportunity.  Read More >


Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | December 13, 2012 Posted:  

Tags: travel, holidays, diabetes management,

It’s that time of year again – the 8-week long flurry of festivity in the U.S. that we call “The Holidays”. Feasts, travelling, gift-giving, joy (and stress) are big parts of the mix for many Americans. Of course, the celebrating can come with a few unique challenges if you live with diabetes. So, here’s a roundup of some of our favorite blog entries and resources that we thought you might find most helpful this time of year.  Read More >


Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | December 11, 2012 Posted:  

Tags: diabetes management, insulin pump,

Today we hear from Ashley, who discusses what life was like on injections and how she was worried an insulin pump would be a constant reminder of diabetes – to her and others around her. She talks about what life is really like now that she’s on the MiniMed pump and how no one else needs to see the pump if she doesn’t want them to. Listen to her story and tell us: What were your concerns before starting insulin pump therapy and what’s life like for you now?  Read More >


Posted By Karen Graffeo | December 6, 2012 Posted:  

Tags: diabetes care, myMedtronic Connect,

I’ll admit it, I’m weirdly good at keeping track of things. I’m over-organized to a fault and at any given time I have dozens of lists swirling around in my head. My husband uses me as a walking calendar. I have an eerie ability to remember not only important information, but also some pretty useless stuff . . . like all of the lyrics to any song from the ‘80s, even if I haven’t heard it in 20 years.  Read More >


Posted By Amanda Sheldon | December 4, 2012 Posted:  

Tags: Tour de Cure,

Today, meet Morgan Bond, a senior marketing communications specialist here at Medtronic. Morgan recently teamed up with others from Medtronic Diabetes to ride in the American Diabetes Association (ADA) Tour de Cure in Santa Barbara, CA in an effort to raise awareness and money to help improve the lives of those living with diabetes. A big thanks goes out to Morgan and all who rode that day, sticking it out and braving the weather during the long ride!  Read More >


Posted By Amanda Sheldon | December 22, 2011 Posted:  

Tags: diabetes care, holidays,

2011 is closing out and I can’t help but pause for reflection and say Thank You! Thank you to all of our readers and customers who have shared their ideas, insights and on some days even complaints. I can confidently say on behalf of all of Medtronic Diabetes, we have appreciated your candor and participation. We learn so much from you each and every day.  Read More >


Each year I look forward to the time of year during which a lot of the major medical meetings for diabetes take place. It’s a time where I can interact with my colleagues and friends and we can share the latest science and technology with the goal of finding the best treatment our patients.  Read More >


Posted By Amanda Sheldon | December 15, 2011 Posted:  

Tags: insulin pump, skins,

On World Diabetes Day, George Simmons held bacon skin contest giveaway. If you haven’t seen the video (link to video entry), race right over to George’s blog and watch it today.  Read More >


Posted By Dr. Francine Kaufman | December 13, 2011 Posted:  

Tags: insulin pump, CareLink, diabetes care,

As an Endocrinologist it’s important for me to have as much information as possible when I meet with a patient and their family. That’s why CareLink is so important to me in my practice. It gives me more detailed information than blood work or what my patients typically volunteer.  Read More >


Posted By Amanda Sheldon | December 8, 2011 Posted:  

Tags: diabetes management, holidays,

December can be a very busy month when a lot of people celebrate various holidays, spend time with family and friends near and far, and/or ring in the New Year. It can be a lot of excitement and a lot to think about – in addition to thinking about diabetes! So we rounded up a few past blog entries that we thought might come in handy this time of year. Hope you enjoy!  Read More >


Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | December 6, 2011 Posted:  

Tags: holidays, Halloween, insulin pump,

Back in October, we asked you to share how you incorporate diabetes into your Halloween costume and told you we’d award prizes for our favorites. Truth be told, the winners were not quite what we expected (and more of the canine/feline variety) but the best of the best, nonetheless!  Read More >


Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | December 1, 2011 Posted:  

Tags: diabetes care,

Have you heard? We’re now on Twitter! If you like talking with us here at The LOOP but want to know even more (in 140 characters or less), follow @MDT_Diabetes on Twitter. We’ll still be posting here about twice a week and continue to look forward to your comments. But we’re also really excited about being able to talk daily with the DOC on Twitter about living with diabetes and managing it with technology. See you there!  Read More >


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