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Certified Diabetes Educator pumper for 25 years, and person with type 1 diabetes for over 42 years, Dawna Sanchez, has trained many patients (including me!) on insulin pump therapy, and there have been some common themes that surface when she starts training. Today, Dawna is sharing her knowledge and experience with you, as both a patient and a professional, in addressing eight commonly asked questions.  Read More >


Many of you have been wondering what the difference is between sensor glucose and blood glucose values. To help give you a better understanding, this video demonstrates and explains why the two values will rarely match and are expected to be different. Have questions after watching the video? Let us know in the comments below.  Read More >


As I type this, my throat burns, my nose is drippy and red, and my ears feel sore and tingly. Oh… and my blood sugar? My blood sugar is running around 50% higher than I’d like, and every time I eat anything, it soars even higher. The stress of germs attacking my body makes blood sugar management harder than ever. My strategy includes running a bumped up temp basal, drinking lots of fluids, and constantly trying to remind myself not to let those out of range numbers aggravate me.  Read More >


This week, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) and the American College of Endocrinology (ACE) updated their consensus statement on insulin pump therapy. If you or someone in your life lives with diabetes, you may be wondering: 1) what is a consensus statement and 2) what does this mean for me?  Read More >


A couple days ago, Dr. Kaufman shared her initial thoughts as she arrived to Haiti for the fourth time with her husband, Neal, to help out the first ever diabetes camp for the third year.Today, Dr. Kaufman reflects on her four-day journey helping to improve diabetes care and outcomes for children in Haiti.  Read More >


For the third year in a row, Dr. Kaufman and her husband, Neal, returned to Haiti for their fourth time to provide aid to the country’s first ever diabetes camp, determined to bring better diabetes care and outcomes for Haitian children. In the first entry of this two-part series, Dr. Kaufman shares her initial feelings and experience as she and Neal arrive to Haiti and the new camp site.  Read More >


Do you know what your diabetes device settings are? Some people are diligent about backing up and updating their smartphones or laptops, but what about your insulin pump and CGM settings? It’s good to save your pump settings in CareLink Personal and/or myMedtronic Connect, but what if you need to access your settings and aren’t near a computer or cell phone?  Read More >


When we last heard from Jonni Lightfoot, he shared how he manages his diabetes while on the road with his band, Air Supply, for more than 200 days a year. Today, Jonni takes us back 15 years to how he got started on the MiniMed insulin pump with a little help from his friend. Tell us, how did your journey start?  Read More >


Director of Marketing for the Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) business, Cary Talbot, leads an entire team focused on planning the development of future CGM systems. His team focuses on understanding our customers, their perspective on current products, and what they need to better manage diabetes. Cary shares insights into how customer feedback gets incorporated in the CGM product development cycle through his Marketing team’s activities.  Read More >


Today, it’s my pleasure to introduce you to Kyle Jacques Rose, a true global ambassador for diabetes. Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 16, Kyle has quite a story. His career has evolved from engineer to professional athlete/diabetes advocate to university faculty at INSEAD; he speaks four languages and has resided in as many continents.  Read More >


One of the first questions I had when I first got my MiniMed insulin pump was, “How do I wear my pump in places that have water, like a beach?” I soon found out that there are several options and sometimes it just takes some extra thought into how you’re going to handle it – but a pump is no reason to miss out on a fun-filled beach day!  Read More >


Posted By Naomi Kingery | May 23, 2013 Posted:  

Tags: insulin pump therapy, teenagers, diabetes care, minimed,

When I met Amanda Bauer online through the diabetes community and found out she has diabetes and LOVES her pink insulin pump and pink mio infusion set, I knew that we would become fast friends since we have that in common! That’s exactly what happened with Amanda and me. Amanda is 20 years old, has lived with type 1 diabetes since the age of 11, and has been on a MiniMed insulin pump for the last 8 years.  Read More >


As the school year comes to a close, we begin to shift our mindset into summer mode and all of the activities that go along with the season. Diabetes Camp is a great opportunity for kids to get active, make new friends and learn more about diabetes management. However, for many parents of kids with diabetes, sending their child away from home for a week can be cause for concern.  Read More >


Posted By Naomi Kingery | May 16, 2013 Posted:  

Tags: 723, 523, travel, insulin pump,

One of the reasons that we post on The LOOP is to educate our customers on the benefits and value added resources available to them. It seems like one topic that there’s always an appetite to learn more about is travel! There are questions like how to go through airport security, what to do with your Medtronic devices on an airplane, how to adjust to a new place with varied temperatures and sceneries, you name it.  Read More >


As acting pancreases, we do a lot more thinking than we give ourselves credit for. When it comes to diabetes we make thousands of decisions a day. Many of which come so naturally it's hard to process the true amount of brain capacity it takes to keep the numbers in check. Summer tends to be my big wake up call. A shift in the boys' insulin needs begins, and as such I need to make many more conscious diabetes decisions than normal.  Read More >


Posted By Naomi Kingery | May 9, 2013 Posted:  

Tags: temp basal, temporary basal, insulin pump, 723, 523,

One of my favorite things about my insulin pump (other than being pink, of course) is that I can use as few or as many of the advanced features during different phases of my life as I want. After over a decade on my pump, I’ve pretty much used it all, but I have a few “go-to” features that I use the most and one is the temporary basal rate (or “temp basal”).  Read More >


You’ve heard from Elisa Marchetti before in the blog post about her travel adventures from Costa Rica to China and her touching story in the Medtronic edition of You Can Do This. Today, Elisa shares the story of becoming a new Mommy! Read on about her experiences entering into Mommy-hood, and allow us to take this time to wish Elisa and all the moms out there a Happy Mother’s Day!  Read More >


Today, I’m happy to bring you another guest blog from Kristin Baker, a CGM Product Specialist here at Medtronic. Last time we heard from Kristin she talked about Optimizing Diabetes Management using 3 types of CGM alerts. This time Kristin talks about decreasing CGM alerts with the use of CareLink Personal software. Let’s hear what she has to say.  Read More >


Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | May 1, 2013 Posted:  

Tags: diabetes community, Richard Rubin,

A few weeks ago, the diabetes community lost a very dear friend, Dr. Richard R. Rubin. An associate professor of medicine and pediatrics for The Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Rubin spent his career helping people with diabetes and their families manage the emotional and psychological challenges of the disease.  Read More >


Posted By Naomi Kingery | May 24, 2012 Posted:  

Tags: mySentry, diabetes care,

A few months ago I had two lows in the middle of the night which resulted in 6 Starbursts and 2 protein bar wrappers thrown on the floor next to my bed. The next morning my mom saw the wrappers and immediately told me how guilty she felt for not catching them. That day she cried, and she cried hard, over the fact that even though it’s been 10 years and I’ve moved from a child with diabetes to a 20-something adult with diabetes, it is still hard for her to watch my struggle...  Read More >


Posted By Sarah Knotts | May 22, 2012 Posted:  

Tags: infusion sets, diabetes care,

Since starting on insulin pumps over 12 years ago, I have used almost every type of infusion set that has been made (along with almost every insulin pump, but that’s another story). The last type of set I used was the Quick-Set for my Paradigm Revel pump. I liked it because the packaging was not a lot of waste and you could use either the Quick-Serter or insert it manually.  Read More >


Posted By Naomi Kingery | May 17, 2012 Posted:  

Tags: insulin pump, summer, swimming,

To date, one of the most popular blog posts here on the LOOP is the one I wrote about preventing moisture damage to your pump. I knew this was a big topic, but didn’t realize it was that big! As summer approaches and many of us spend more time at the beach or out in the sun working up a sweat, here are some more tips on moisture-filled scenarios you may encounter.  Read More >


Posted By Amanda Sheldon | May 15, 2012 Posted:  

Tags: diabetes burnout, diabetes care,

The morning started out well enough. I put in a new infusion set before heading to work. Spent all morning in the 180s, despite multiple corrections. Sometimes that happens, so I didn’t think too much of it. Then I had lunch. And bolused for all my carbs. Only my body didn’t get the memo. I looked down to see double up arrows on my CGM. And discovered I had small ketones. So frustrating!  Read More >


Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | May 10, 2012 Posted:  

Tags: diabetes care,

Today we’re excited to introduce you to Katie Janowiak, who works for the Medtronic Foundation, our company’s philanthropic arm. It’s an exciting job, helping Medtronic employees get involved in the communities and causes we care about. But today she’s here to share something personal - her diagnosis with Type 1 Diabetes 15 years ago and what she’s learned since then about living with diabetes.  Read More >


Posted By Naomi Kingery | May 8, 2012 Posted:  

Tags: diabetes care, continuous glucose monitoring,

In my last blog, I shared about how you can add cleaning your insulin pump to your spring cleaning to-do list. So I thought I’d take this a step further by looking into my diabetes drawers which led me to my continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) devices. My transmitter and sensor insertion device (also called the Sen-serter) could definitely benefit from some cleaning!  Read More >


Posted By Karen Graffeo | May 3, 2012 Posted:  

Tags: diabetes care,

A few weeks ago, I celebrated my fourth “pumpaversary”. And I really did celebrate the milestone of being on an insulin pump for four years, because my road to get here was a long one.  Read More >


Posted By Naomi Kingery | May 31, 2011 Posted:  

Tags: help and support, diabetes care,

As a person with diabetes for more than nine years, and a pumper for over seven, I have had my fair share of questions. Questions for my endocrinologist, questions for my general healthcare provider, questions for the 24-Hour HelpLine… When I have one of these questions come up, it’s often followed by a second question: “Who should I contact to ask this?”  Read More >


Back in November, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) introduced new airport body scanners for passengers. We know that travelling with diabetes can be a bit nerve-wracking for some (just ask Karen Graffeo or Kelly Kunik). So it’s no wonder that, six months later, airport security is still a hot topic coming into our 24-hour Helpline.  Read More >


Today, the American Diabetes Association and Medtronic together announced that we’re offering new research grants for diabetes technology. Essentially, we’re accepting applications from medical researchers to study the data from our CareLink® database to learn more about the impact of diabetes management tools on clinical outcomes, compliance and use of diabetes devices – as well as various factors that affect glycemic control in patients with diabetes.  Read More >


Posted By Naomi Kingery | May 19, 2011 Posted:  

Tags: insulin pump, help and support, travel,

Over Christmas I went on a trip to India with my family (India is where I was born, grew up, and where I was diagnosed). It was my first trip back in five years and in preparing for it I felt overwhelmed. Not only did I need to find my passport and pack enough hair bows (a necessity, of course), but I had to make sure to have enough infusion sets and test strips ordered.  Read More >


Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | May 17, 2011 Posted:  

Tags: innovation, diabetes care,

Aloha! Today we share a fun clip from students at Hanahau `oli School in Honolulu, Hawaii, who are putting their brains to work for diabetes technology. The team of third, fourth and fifth graders you see here participated in the FIRST® LEGO® League 2010 Challenge, a competition designed to get children excited about science and technology – and teach them valuable employment and life skills.  Read More >


Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | May 12, 2011 Posted:  

Tags: outdoor activities, American Diabetes Association,

Today, we hear from our very own Jenny Simonson, an Associate Product Specialist who recently rode with the Medtronic team in the American Diabetes Association (ADA) Tour de Cure in Long Beach, Ca. The bike ride is just one of many events in which Medtronic employees participate to raise funds for non-profit organizations like ADA and JDRF.  Read More >


Today, we hear from John Berry, a dedicated firefighter from Texas, who doesn’t let his diabetes stand in the way of his life-saving work. John talks to us about his “Ah-Ha” moment where he realized he needed to take better control of his health and some of the tools he now uses to manage his diabetes like temporary basal rates and predictive alerts.  Read More >


Posted By Amanda Sheldon | May 6, 2011 Posted:  

Tags: diabetes care, natural disaster, emergency,

As you know, Alabama and other southern states were recently devastated by what is being called one of the worst tornado outbreaks in U.S. history. Nothing can quite prepare us for the effects that a natural disaster such as this will have on us. In the past year alone our world has seen its share of disasters from earthquakes and tsunamis to wild storms which, in many cases, leave people without the basic necessities of life.  Read More >


Posted By Amanda Sheldon | May 5, 2011 Posted:  

Tags: parenting, pregnancy, diabetes care,

As most of you know, there was a time (not so very long ago) when women with type 1 diabetes were universally told they couldn’t/shouldn’t have children. Of course, we know that medical opinion on this topic has changed and physicians now tend to make recommendations about children based on each individual’s health and diabetes control, with many beautiful babies to show for it!  Read More >


Posted By Dr. Francine Kaufman | May 3, 2011 Posted:  

Tags: implantable pump, artificial pancreas,

Almost two years ago, I left my three-decade long position in academic medicine to come to Medtronic to be part of the effort to develop an artificial pancreas, a fundamental goal for all of us in diabetes research. With all of the work currently underway, Medtronic is committed to bringing innovation and advancement to diabetes therapy.  Read More >


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