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Today, I want to introduce you to Spears. He has had diabetes for 16 years, and recently participated in a clinical trial of a MiniMed insulin pump with Threshold Suspend. As Spears shares in this video, so much of diabetes management is about having valuable insight to help you make decisions. Now that I think about it, that’s pretty true for life in general, too!  Read More >

When Caleb Hatchet was in recovery from surgery on his femur January 2013, he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, making him the eldest and third child in his family to be diagnosed. "Due to the fact that it had been over two years since Daniel's diagnosis, for me to get type 1 would be more of a joke than reality," says Caleb, now 18 and a college student. After being diagnosed, reality struck, and he was now the third child in his family diagnosed with type 1 in three years.  Read More >

Anytime you get a new device, you rip open the package with anticipation. You’re likely losing patience to turn it on and begin using it, and then it dawns on you, it was shipped to you with “factory settings” which means you need to now make it your own. This happened to me a few months ago when I got a new cell phone, and it happened to me more recently when I got my new MiniMed 530G system. And unlike my phone, I knew I needed to wait to be trained before I started using my new pump.  Read More >

Posted By Amanda Sheldon | January 17, 2014 Posted:  


At the end of our 3rd Diabetes Advocate Forum, I wasn’t lying when I tweeted I was about to cry. Surely I was exhausted because it had been a long 60 hours and the end of many weeks of planning. But I mostly wanted to hang on to the feeling of a group of people coming together and finding new ways to work together to help people with diabetes. While Medtronic only played a small part of that - as it was the attendees with all of their ideas, energy and projects that came together.  Read More >

Today, we bring you another installment from Elisa Marchetti. Elisa has previously guest blogged about traveling with diabetes, and more recently about managing diabetes and being a new mom. Today, Elisa joins us to talk about life changes with diabetes. Specifically, starting a new job. If you’ve recently gone through a big life transition, please share it with us in the comments below.  Read More >

Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | January 14, 2014 Posted:  

Tags: diabetes management, Enlite, MiniMed 530G,

Steven Rubenstein has been around diabetes his whole life, growing up with a mother and father who have the condition. A young man admitted to the hospital for liver failure, Steven, then 20, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Although his diagnosis was a shock, he felt it was easier to deal with since he had grown up around it. Steven shares how diabetes management technology has changed throughout the past 20 years, from using multiple daily injections, to the new MiniMed 530G with Enlite.  Read More >

Posted By Naomi Kingery | January 7, 2014 Posted:  

Tags: diabetes care, living with diabetes, insulin pump therapy,

Today I’d like to introduce you to Marian Minugh, a recent culinary school graduate and inspiring person living a full life with type 1 diabetes. Marian grew up as an “army brat” and moved around a lot in her younger years. She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes on May 19, 1986 and has worn a MiniMed insulin pump for the last 11 years. Marian is a mom, wife, daughter, sister and friend. Her career path has led her to be a manager, bartender, and she is now a chef for a catering company.  Read More >

Posted By Naomi Kingery | January 29, 2013 Posted:  

Tags: diabetes care, pregnancy, living with diabetes,

Many women say that pregnancy is a time that transforms their future knowing they are carrying the child they will one day hold in their arms. It’s exciting, intimidating, and down-right frightening at times. And when you are a woman with diabetes experiencing pregnancy, many of these emotions can be drastically highlighted.  Read More >

Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | January 24, 2013 Posted:  

Tags: insulin pump, diabetes care,

It is my pleasure today to introduce competitive ski racer, Nick Ward. Nick is an extremely inspirational young guy. After his diabetes diagnosis, he was told he wouldn’t be able to continue his pursuit of a competitive ski career. Passionate and driven, Nick pressed forward and continues on his quest of one day representing our nation as part of the U.S. Olympic Team.  Read More >

Posted By Naomi Kingery | January 22, 2013 Posted:  

Tags: travel, diabetes management, global diabetes advocacy,

We recently heard from Mari Ruddy as she prepared for the trip of a lifetime to India with our Medtronic Team. She had the opportunity to travel through four Indian cities to raise awareness about living with diabetes and managing it with technology. Her trip was a success and was recognized in a variety of Indian Press outlets. She was able to make an impact on the hearts of many people (which we knew she would!).  Read More >

Posted By Amanda Sheldon | January 17, 2013 Posted:  

Tags: community announcement, social media,

Today, I am thrilled to introduce you to our new community manager, Naomi Kingery. Many of you are already familiar with Naomi from reading her support tips and personal stories here on The LOOP, or perhaps reading her personal blog, Diabetic Diva. Personally, Naomi has been a huge inspiration. After reading Naomi’s first book about being diagnosed and living with diabetes as a teen, “Sugar Free Me,” I was motivated to join Medtronic.  Read More >

Posted By Amanda Sheldon | January 15, 2013 Posted:  

Tags: diabetes advocacy,

It is with great pleasure that I introduce you to Caroline Carter, a very bright and dedicated high school freshman. Caroline is involved in so many activities and I find myself amazed at how she manages it all! She is an honor student, athlete, community volunteer, entertainer, and oh yea…she has type 1 diabetes too. She recently took a road trip to New York City to educate others about diabetes.  Read More >

Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | January 10, 2013 Posted:  

Tags: continuous glucose monitoring,

Recently, we’ve been asking our customers about which diabetes management topics they’d like to learn more. Interestingly, most of the topics you tell us you want to discuss are around continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) – predictive alerts, when to calibrate, what’s next in CGM technology, etc. So, when Dr. Kaufman agreed to do a Live Interview on TuDiabetes, we jumped at the chance to ask her to share more about this popular topic.  Read More >

Posted By Karen Graffeo | January 8, 2013 Posted:  

Tags: exercise, holidays, diabetes management, Bolus Wizard, New Year,

I really enjoy the holiday season, but by the time New Year’s rolls around I’m ready to say farewell to the non-stop festivities and get back to a normal routine. As I pack away my Christmas decorations and get my house in order, I think about getting my diabetes management in order too. Sure, I work hard at diabetes all year long, even during the holidays, but I always have room for a little diabetes tune-up.  Read More >

Posted By Amanda Sheldon | January 3, 2013 Posted:  

Tags: diabetes care, holidays,

I hope everyone had a wonderful and relaxing holiday season with family and friends. As we usher in the New Year, I’d like to take a moment to once again say, Thank You! Thank you to all of our readers for being a special part of our online community. Seeing you all come together to support one another on a daily basis on Facebook, Twitter, and right here on The LOOP is exciting and it inspires me to come to work every day.  Read More >

Posted By Amanda Sheldon | January 31, 2012 Posted:  

Tags: iPro, continuous glucose monitoring,

As you may have heard, we recently launched iPro2, the next-generation of our continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) system used by physicians to help improve diabetes management. iPro2 includes a tiny, disposable glucose sensor and a small data recorder which automatically records glucose information every five minutes. Patients wear the small device while going about their normal daily activities before returning it to their physician’s office for evaluation.  Read More >

Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | January 26, 2012 Posted:  

Tags: diabetes supplies,

As you all know, living with diabetes means dealing with a lot of stuff: insulin, glucose tabs, meters, test strips, reservoirs, tape, infusion sets, sensors, skin prep, the list goes on. And, of course, you have to keep on top of ordering all this stuff, since running out can be anywhere from inconvenient to dangerous.  Read More >

Posted By Dr. Francine Kaufman | January 24, 2012 Posted:  

Tags: continuous glucose monitoring, STAR 3, insulin pump,

I have been excited to be a part of the STAR 3 clinical trial since becoming the Chief Medical Officer of Medtronic. The 12 month study phase results of Star 3, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, showed that there was a significant reduction in A1C in those study participants using an integrated insulin pump and CGM (SAP) compared to those using multiple daily injections (MDI).  Read More >

We all love to go to them. We laugh and have fun with family and friends. The LAST thing we want to be worried about is what our blood sugar may be doing that could be a potential party-pooper for us. So what do we do?  Read More >

Posted By Dr. Francine Kaufman | January 17, 2012 Posted:  

Tags: insulin, scar tissue, insulin pump, diabetes care,

Here at Medtronic, we get a lot of questions from customers about the lumps and bumps that may appear at injection sites. So, here’s a Q&A on what these lumps are, why they occur and how to prevent them.  Read More >

Posted By Amanda Sheldon | January 13, 2012 Posted:  

Tags: DSMA, artificial pancreas,

We just wanted to take a quick moment to thank Cherise Shockley, George Simmons and Scott Johnson the lovely hosts of DSMA Live!  Read More >

Posted By Amanda Sheldon | January 11, 2012 Posted:  

Tags: artificial pancreas,

We always enjoy DSMA Live, hosted by the wonderful Cherise Shockley, George Simmons, Scott Johnson. But tomorrow night is going to be extra-special for us, since our own Lane Desborough will be the guest.  Read More >

Posted By Lane Desborough | January 10, 2012 Posted:  

Tags: diabetes management, artificial pancreas,

When my son was first diagnosed with diabetes, my wife and I were very focused on tackling the clinical part of the disease. We worried less about things like the impact of diabetes on his lifestyle and social interactions. But we soon we realized that it’s important not to get too out of balance; to forget that there’s a person behind the disease.  Read More >

Posted By Naomi Kingery | January 5, 2012 Posted:  

Tags: diabetes care, holidays,

With the stroke of midnight and the cheers, kisses and confetti that follow, a New Year is always exciting. Not just because it is the beginning of another calendar year, but because it can serve as a fresh starting point for many of us. You may have seen the article in the December issue of News to Infuse with tips for making (and sticking to) New Year’s resolutions.  Read More >

Happy New Year! I am thrilled to start off 2012 by sharing some really exciting news with you. We have received FDA approval for the mySentry™ Remote Glucose Monitor, the first product of its kind that allows parents and caregivers to monitor the MiniMed Paradigm® REAL-Time Revel™ System from another room.  Read More >

Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | January 3, 2012 Posted:  

Tags: diabetes supplies, insulin pump, insurance,

Happy 2012! With the new year, you may have a new insurance policy. Here’s just a quick reminder that, if that’s the case, please be sure to give us a call to update your policy information. That way, we can ensure you keep receiving your supplies without interruption.  Read More >

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