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Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | November 21, 2013 Posted:  

Tags: insulin pump, minimed,

Today, I am so pleased to introduce you to Kelly Joy, the Senior Director of Education and Professional Relations here a Medtronic. Kelly has devoted her life to improving the lives of those living with diabetes. Growing up with her mother having type 1 diabetes, Kelly knows first-hand the impact that diabetes has on the family unit. She has worked for Medtronic for over 25 years, and has held a variety of positions within the organization over that time.  Read More >

Posted By Amanda Sheldon | November 20, 2013 Posted:  

Tags: American Diabetes Association, JDRF Walk,

One of the reasons I enjoy working for Medtronic is because of the employees’ willingness to get involved and reach out to the diabetes community. The leaders of the organization encourage employees to live out the mission: alleviating pain, restoring health, and extending life. Partnering with our local JDRF and ADA teams in Los Angeles and San Antonio to raise money for a cure is a great way to do this!  Read More >

Posted By Naomi Kingery | November 19, 2013 Posted:  

Tags: living with diabetes, diabetes advocacy, diabetes management,

As a person living with diabetes for the past twelve years, I know how extremely challenging and tedious the daily tasks can sometimes be. But I also know that it’s important to try to do what is in our control to try to change our perspective and the way we view our daily tasks involved with diabetes management.  Read More >

In honor of World Diabetes Day, we have a special treat for you! Meet Debbie Jones from the International Diabetes Federation. She has an extremely impressive resume (which you will hear about below) and is a true asset to the diabetes community. Here’s what Debbie has to say about this special day with some interesting facts you might have not known about November 14th and the work of the International Diabetes Federation before now!  Read More >

Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | November 12, 2013 Posted:  

Tags: sensor, MiniMed 530G, cgm, continuous glucose monitoring,

Since launching MiniMed 530G with Enlite a few weeks ago, many customers have asked us how Enlite is different from previous sensors. So, we went to Jeff Myers, Product Manager from our CGM team, to give us the scoop. Here’s what he had to say.  Read More >

Posted By Naomi Kingery | November 7, 2013 Posted:  

Tags: parenting, pregnancy, diabetes management, diabetes care,

Earlier in the year we introduced you to Shannon, who at the time was pregnant with twins! She shared her pregnancy story with us and showed that thanks to good diabetes management (including an insulin pump and CGM) and a close collaboration with her healthcare team, she was able to have two successful pregnancies. Since we last heard from Shannon, she has given birth to two beautiful twin boys and today, she’s here to update us on the recent additions to her family!  Read More >

Posted By Amanda Sheldon | November 6, 2013 Posted:  

Tags: customer service, insulin pump therapy, minimed,

If a Medtronic Employee ever hears the word “Customer Experience”, it’s likely that the name “Jeff Anglin” comes to mind. It is with pleasure that I introduce to you, our Director of Customer Experience, Jeff Anglin. Jeff has been with Medtronic for 11 years and is our go-to person when it comes to anything related to the customer. Each day, he and his team strive to make sure the voice of the customer is heard and that your needs as a person with diabetes are continuously taken into account.  Read More >

Since receiving FDA approval for the MiniMed 530G with Enlite in September, it has been really enjoyable hearing your feedback, and most recently, your experiences using the new system. In addition to sharing your enthusiasm for this new technology, you’ve asked some good questions. To help you understand what’s new we created a video for you. Still have questions after watching? Let us know in the comments!  Read More >

Posted By Amanda Sheldon | November 1, 2013 Posted:  

Tags: JDRF Walk, diabetes advocacy, diabetes,

Today, I’m proud to announce that Medtronic is partnering with Lilly Diabetes to serve as the national presenting sponsors of the 2014 JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes events! As the national presenting sponsors, Medtronic and Lilly will host educational booths at select local events and will work with our employees to form Walk teams at each location. The sponsorship, a first for JDRF and the Medtronic-Lilly Alliance, will help JDRF fund more than half a million dollars for type 1 diabetes research.  Read More >

Posted By Naomi Kingery | November 29, 2012 Posted:  

Tags: exercise, Global Heroes, diabetes management,

I would like for you to meet Celine Parent. After a diagnosis with diabetes, she saw that her life would take a different path which would one day include becoming a half marathoner and triathlete. Recently, she was selected to run a 10 mile race as a Medtronic Global Hero because of her work in the diabetes community. (This is an awesome accomplishment!) Read her story about the biggest marathon in her life, ten years with diabetes.  Read More >

Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | November 27, 2012 Posted:  

Tags: Facebook contest, diabetes care,

As many of you know, we were thrilled to welcome Aron Medow, winner of our Facebook launch contest, to Los Angeles and Medtronic. Aron was kind enough to share with us the following very kind words about his visit. But I think we should be the ones thanking him – the team and I had a wonderful time with Aron, his beautiful wife Nellie and their adorable, high-energy little boys. Thank you Medow family – we’re so glad you had a nice time here in Los Angeles!  Read More >

Posted By Naomi Kingery | November 21, 2012 Posted:  

Tags: diabetes management, insulin pump, Thanksgiving, holiday meals,

As Thanksgiving approaches you might be thinking one of three things: the arrival of the pilgrims to North America, what you are thankful for, and what yummy meal(s) you might be eating the day of! So as you prepare for your Thanksgiving feast, let’s talk about the word that goes hand in hand with feast, “bolus.”  Read More >

Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | November 20, 2012 Posted:  

Tags: JDRF Walk,

Today, I am pleased to share with you a guest blog from JoQuese Satterwhite, a Senior Quality Analyst Supervisor here at Medtronic. In today’s post, JoQuese talks about employees living out our mission both in and out of the workplace. This year, employees had the opportunity to attend diabetes walks for the American Diabetes Association and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. JoQuese specifically shares about our recent participation in both the San Antonio and Los Angeles JDRF walks.  Read More >

Posted By Naomi Kingery | November 15, 2012 Posted:  


Today is November 15, the day after the awe inspiring annual World Diabetes Day. Although yesterday was filled with hope and unity, if you will allow me to be frank here for a moment, I feel sad today. It is the day after a very important day, but my friends and I in the diabetes community still have the same disease we had yesterday with the same struggles we dealt with on November 14th, 13th, and every day before.  Read More >

Posted By Naomi Kingery | November 13, 2012 Posted:  

Tags: global diabetes, diabetes management, travel,

Editor’s Note: I am excited to introduce our guest blogger Mari Ruddy, a long-time Medtronic customer and diabetes advocate, two time breast cancer survivor and endurance athlete. She has had type 1 diabetes for 31 years and is the founder of the Red Rider Program of the American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure and the Director of TeamWILD. Today she tells readers about her upcoming trip to India with our Medtronic team.  Read More >

Posted By Naomi Kingery | November 12, 2012 Posted:  

Tags: skydiving, Lenny the Lion, diabetes care,

Like any workplace, here at Medtronic Diabetes, we go through phases of conversations and activities that are often the topic of hallway and cafeteria table conversations. One of the things you might hear around here lately is, “Did you see the video of that guy jumping out of a plane with Lenny the Lion? The one with an insulin pump?”  Read More >

Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | November 9, 2012 Posted:  

Tags: ambassador election, Lenny the Lion, Bolus,

I want to take a moment to thank all of you who participated in the Medtronic Diabetes Ambassador Election<link to previous blog>! It was exciting to host an election allowing the community to come together and share their thoughts and vote on their favorite diabetes ambassador.  Read More >

Posted By Amanda Sheldon | November 8, 2012 Posted:  

Tags: continuous glucose monitoring, mySentry, insulin pump,

When Alex Karanikitas was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, his mom Kristine wanted to move his bed into her room at night she was so worried about middle-of-the-night lows. Then they found the mySentry Remote Glucose Monitor. Watch the video below to hear how the Karanikitas family heads off those nighttime lows today  Read More >

Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | November 6, 2012 Posted:  

Tags: Bolus Wizard, election, skins, Bolus, Lenny the Lion,

In the spirit of the 2012 U.S. General Election held today, we thought we would run an election of our own to determine your favorite Medtronic sponsored Diabetes Ambassador of all-time. Over the last 30 years, several characters have helped us communicate with kids and kids at heart in the diabetes community. Today, the Bolus Wizard, Carl the Chameleon, and Lenny the Lion are each asking for your vote for favorite all-time Diabetes Ambassador.  Read More >

Posted By Dr. Francine Kaufman | November 5, 2012 Posted:  

Tags: Kazakhstan, global diabetes advocacy, diabetes care,

Kazakhstan is one of the best kept secrets in the world. If you think it is what was portrayed a few years ago in a rather irreverent movie, you are totally wrong. It is a vast country stretching across the Silk Road from Iran to China with a diverse ethnic/racial population and incredible resources – oil, gas and minerals – that have enabled the government to advance education, housing, industry and health for its people.  Read More >

Posted By Amanda Sheldon | November 2, 2012 Posted:  

Tags: Bolus, daylight savings, pump settings, basal rate,

Fall is here, which means that it’s time for Daylight Savings Time to come to an end. On March 11, most of us here in the U.S. “fall back” by turning our clocks back by one hour. The time on your insulin pump/continuous glucose monitor (CGM) determines your personal settings (including basal and bolus rates), so you’ll want to make sure it is always up-to-date  Read More >

It is not uncommon to walk through the halls during work at the diabetes business unit of Medtronic and recognize insulin pump tubing coming out of someone’s pocket. Today, I want you to meet Cheryl, a person with diabetes for 26 years and Medtronic employee for the last six years. She is also a busy wife and mom of two kids who finds passion in encouraging women with type 1 diabetes during pregnancy and motherhood.  Read More >

Posted By Dr. Francine Kaufman | November 29, 2011 Posted:  

Tags: diabetes care, parenting,

You may or may not know that, in addition to a long career as a Pediatric Endocrinologist, I also have had a long career as a parent. When my boys were growing up I was very big on what I call “The Weekly Meeting” and on positive reinforcement.  Read More >

Posted By Sarah Knotts | November 22, 2011 Posted:  

Tags: continuous glucose monitoring, holidays, insulin pump,

When I was little, I would always forget to bring something I was supposed to have with me at all times. Whether it be my meter, a few extra needles (this was back in the “shot” days), insulin, you name it. I don’t have enough fingers and toes to count the numerous times I heard my mom or dad sigh and say, “Sarah, you’d forget your head if it weren’t attached to you!”. And they were right. But I wanted to be like everyone else.  Read More >

Along with the lines wrapping around airports and shopping malls on the days before and after Thanksgiving, did you know that it is during this season that we see some of the highest call-volume days on the 24-Hour HelpLine?  Read More >

Posted By Naomi Kingery | November 14, 2011 Posted:  


I have had diabetes for a decade with my diagnosis occurring at the age of twelve. Of course, it changed everything about my life and I have worked for the past ten years to continue to learn how to embrace my diabetes. I struggled at first but when I got involved in the diabetes community, it changed everything. I found other people who knew what it was like to put a needle into their thigh and pinky.  Read More >

I’ve heard that the day before Thanksgiving is the busiest day of the year for US travel. I’ve also heard it’s a myth. Either way, from Thanksgiving until New Year’s a lot of people are heading out of town to visit friends and family or to enjoy a fun get-away while they have some time off work/school. If you’re one of those people and you also have diabetes, here’s the blog roundup for you.  Read More >

Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | November 8, 2011 Posted:  

Tags: continuous glucose monitoring,

Today we hear from Celeste Cooper, who offers up some helpful sensor tips – whether you’re just starting out or nearly CGM pro! For even more resources, visit the Help and Support section of our Website.  Read More >

Posted By Amanda Sheldon | November 3, 2011 Posted:  

Tags: basal rate, daylight savings, pump settings, Bolus,

Fall is here, which means that it’s time for Daylight Savings Time to come to an end. On November 6, most of us here in the U.S. “fall back” by turning our clocks back by one hour. The time on your insulin pump/continuous glucose monitor (CGM) determines your personal settings (including basal and bolus rates), so you’ll want to make sure it is always up-to-date.  Read More >

Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | November 1, 2011 Posted:  

Tags: artificial pancreas, product development, connectivity,

Ever wonder why it takes so long for new diabetes devices to get to market? Today Dr. Mastrototaro, Vice President of Research and Development for the Diabetes business unit of Medtronic, talks about some of the time-consuming steps in the process. He also gives The LOOP a preview of the types of products Medtronic is working on for the future.  Read More >

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