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Posted By Naomi Kingery | July 30, 2013 Posted:  

Tags: emergency, swimming, water resistant, waterproof,

As a kid, you might have loved going to the circus to watch acrobats fly through the air, grabbing each other’s arms and legs as they swung from one trapeze to the other. You might have thought, “I can do that!” However, when they took away the safety net below, oh how quickly our minds changed! When someone talks about having a back-up plan, the first words that might come to mind is “safety net.” It’s always good to be prepared for every type of scenario.  Read More >


You recently heard from some of our friends in the diabetes community who shared their tips for how to wear an insulin pump in the summertime. Today they’re back to talk about diabetes management tips when going swimming. If you’re hitting the beach, pool or lake this weekend, make sure to read on!  Read More >


Today, I’d like for you to meet Kristin Rohlman. She’s a first grade teacher in Kansas with three lovely children: Levi, Lexianne, and Lucas. Lucas was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes last year and this has changed many aspects of the lives of each person in their family. But it hasn’t stopped them from having an active lifestyle by enjoying many sports, including playing baseball, biking, and swimming.  Read More >


Posted By Naomi Kingery | July 9, 2013 Posted:  

Tags: pump settings, diabetes technology, 523, 723, paradigm,

When I think of the Bolus Wizard, I think of a Wizard named “Merlin” with a magical wand and special powers. Although the Bolus Wizard on your insulin pump doesn’t have powers, it is actually a calculator (a calculator I don’t recommend using when taking your math test but definitely one that you can use for diabetes management). Not everyone uses the Bolus Wizard, but I think it’s one of the best features of my insulin pump.  Read More >


Posted By Amanda Sheldon | July 5, 2013 Posted:  

Tags: reservoirs,

At Medtronic, making quality products that our customers can trust is our top priority. We are committed to improving our products, as well as communicating with you about potential issues when they arise. As part of that commitment, we are voluntarily recalling certain manufacturing lots of the insulin reservoirs used with our Paradigm insulin pumps. This recall affects approximately 13% of the volume of reservoirs Medtronic manufactures in a year.  Read More >


Today, I’m very excited to share with you the first blog of a four-part series from new guest blogger, Gilpreet Kooner. Gilpreet is a recent biomedical engineering graduate from the University of Texas at Austin. Living with type 1 diabetes for the last five years, Gilpreet embodies a “Living Without Limits” lifestyle. To prove it, she has teamed up with Texas 4000 and will adventure on a 70-day cycling trip from Texas to Alaska this summer, all in the name of fighting cancer.  Read More >


Posted By Karen Graffeo | July 31, 2012 Posted:  

Tags: diabetes awareness,

When I first got involved in the diabetes online community (or DOC), I was simply looking to connect with others like me. I always felt alone in dealing with diabetes, so it was incredible to find a whole community who really understood the things I was going through. The support was wonderful . . . but I soon found I could turn to the DOC for more. I found a great wealth of information on the non-medical side of life with diabetes -  Read More >


With summer in full swing, there’s been a lot of talk lately about diabetes camp, especially over on the Medtronic Diabetes Facebook page. So today we’re thrilled to welcome Jennifer LeBlanc, a Diabetes Clinical Manager here at Medtronic, to share some of her camp memories and what the experience meant to her. We’d love to also hear about your memories, so feel free to share in the comments!  Read More >


Posted By Naomi Kingery | July 24, 2012 Posted:  

Tags: insulin pump, pump settings, diabetes management,

Part of my job description is to prepare customers for questions they may have by providing proactive information before the question has to be asked. This could be a tip like making sure you write down your username and password for our logged in properties like CareLink Personal®, or to be aware that you need to disconnect your insulin pump and CGM Transmitter when you have an MRI done  Read More >


Posted By Sarah Knotts | July 19, 2012 Posted:  

Tags: insulin pump, diabetes care, Bolus,

Before my Paradigm Revel, my old routine used to look a bit like this: 1. Check blood sugar 2. Calculate carbs (if eating a meal or snack) 3. Pull out the calculator and use about 3-4 different mathematical equations to guess at a round-about dose for said carbs 4. Then, either inject (if I were using pens) or program my old pump to deliver the said dose. 5. And, when I was able to get a CGM, my next step was to find the CGM and input my latest BG reading in for calibration.  Read More >


Editor’s note: We were excited to hear that our very own Dr. Kaufman worked with the American Diabetes Association on a new book, “Insulin Pumps and Continuous Glucose Monitoring: A User’s Guide to Effective Diabetes Management.” We will be giving away 10 copies of the book by random drawing – to enter, please send us a comment below and tell us what diabetes management tip you would like to share.  Read More >


Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | July 12, 2012 Posted:  

Tags: continuous glucose monitoring, IDEA award,

Today we’re excited to congratulate Uli Rankers and his team of engineers here at Medtronic for winning a silver IDEA award for the Enlite™ Serter! The 2012 International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA®) program is a celebration of design excellence in products, sustainability, interaction design, packaging, strategy, research and concepts.  Read More >


Dealing with natural disasters can be daunting for anyone and whether it is flooding, fires, tornadoes, earthquakes, snow, or a hurricane, it’s important for anyone to be prepared. If you’re someone who lives with diabetes you also have to think about your diabetes management needs and supplies as part of that reactive plan to have in place for yourself and loved ones. About five years ago, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, we put in place a disaster relief program...  Read More >


As many of you know, I came to work for Medtronic after my son Hayden was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in August 2009. I was hired to apply my 25 years of experience as a control engineer for oil refineries, chemical plants, and energy companies to the task of developing an artificial pancreas. The work is challenging and fulfilling; it’s the most important work I’ve ever done. It’s also given me the chance to meet many other individuals and families faced with managing diabetes.  Read More >


Posted By Amanda Sheldon | July 26, 2011 Posted:  

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

At this year’s American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions, new clinical data was released from the landmark STAR 3 Study which compared A1C reduction for people using an insulin pump integrated with CGM to those using multiple daily injections (MDI). We are excited to share this new data with you and hope it motivates you to keep up your good work managing diabetes.  Read More >


Posted By Naomi Kingery | July 21, 2011 Posted:  

Tags: help and support, Friends for Life,

You know how you plan for something months ahead of time? Countless hours of throwing around ideas. Plenty of wasted trees with paper printouts of plans. Discussion after discussion. Email after email.  Read More >


Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | July 19, 2011 Posted:  

Tags: diabetes care, alcohol,

Meet 22-year-old Lauren Gerenraich. Lauren has lived with type 1 diabetes for seven years, is an active volunteer with the JDRF and recently began her blog The LD. We really enjoyed her Diabetes Blog Week post where she wrote a letter to her 16-year-old self. Since she’s now a college grad, we asked her to reflect a bit and offer up some tips for those of you heading off to university this fall.  Read More >


Posted By Amanda Sheldon | July 12, 2011 Posted:  

Tags: insulin pump, parenting, diabetes care,

Today we have a guest post from Angie Levesque, mother to 5-year-old Isabelle. Nearly four years ago, Angie and her husband Ken were overwhelmed when Isabelle was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Today, Angie shares her family’s story along with some helpful tips she’s learned along the way for other parents of young children with diabetes. Have a tip to add? Tell us in the comments!  Read More >


Posted By Naomi Kingery | July 7, 2011 Posted:  

Tags: infusion sets, alarms,

This morning when I was changing my site, I heard that “beep beep beep” that none of us likes to hear. I looked down at my insulin pump and saw an error that I have seen before “No Delivery.” I know many of you have asked why this occurs, so I reached out to our 24-Hour HelpLine Team to learn more.  Read More >


I don’t know about you, but I can easily get caught up in an episode of “How It’s Made.” Today we hear from Amy Kellerman, a product specialist on our insulin delivery marketing team, who gives us a peek into the extensive quality testing Medtronic insulin pumps and other products go through to ensure they’re tough enough to make it through the daily lives of customers like you.  Read More >


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