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Today we have some wonderful, long-awaited news to share with all of you! The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the MiniMed 530G® system with Enlite®, a breakthrough, first-generation artificial pancreas system with Threshold Suspend automation for people with diabetes.  Read More >

If you live with the help of a medical device, you have at least a few additional hurdles to face in order to live well and accomplish your goals. That’s why it’ so inspiring to see people overcoming these hurdles in both everyday ways and really big ones. To celebrate some of these big accomplishments, every year Medtronic hosts the Global Heroes program.  Read More >

Posted By Karen Graffeo | September 24, 2013 Posted:  

Tags: CareLink, diabetes care, continuous glucose monitoring, cgm,

I’m kind of a nerd. I love data and graphs and stats. I loved every math class I ever took. So pouring over all the charts and information in my CareLink reports is right up my alley. I set a reminder on my calendar to upload my pump every Friday so the reports are always current and ready to go. Of course, there is a lot of information there, and sometimes I only have time to quickly look at the most helpful information.  Read More >

Today, I’m excited to share with you another post from guest blogger, Gilpreet Kooner who we first introduced you to back in July when she told us her inspiring story. Gilpreet teamed up with a local charity and was planning to cycle with a team of others all the way from Texas to Alaska to fight and bring about cancer awareness! I’m happy to report that Gilpreet completed this amazing once in a life-time journey and has stopped back to share a little about her ride.  Read More >

Today, I’m happy to introduce you to Brooke Wheeler. Brooke is the mom of an adorable little boy named Carson, who lives with type 1 diabetes. Read their diagnosis story and be sure to check out her website to learn how she is giving back to the diabetes community.  Read More >

Posted By Lane Desborough | September 12, 2013 Posted:  

Tags: artificial pancreas, exercise, diabetes management,

Recently, some of us from Medtronic Diabetes had the privilege of attending the InsulINdependence North American Conference on Diabetes and Exercise in San Diego. This conference combines two of my greatest passions, diabetes and exercise. Although I went in with high expectations, I was unprepared for what I saw and heard and learned.  Read More >

Posted By Naomi Kingery | September 5, 2013 Posted:  

Tags: infusion sets, revel, paradigm, diabetes supplies,

I look forward to my endocrinologist appointments because it’s an opportunity for me to get the most out of my diabetes management. Take my last appointment, for example, where we discussed trying an infusion set in a new place for the very first time. While discussing this, my doctor recommended testing my blood glucose more frequently to make sure that I know whether or not the insulin absorption is the same for my new infusion set site location compared to my previous site locations.  Read More >

When I made the leap from multiple daily injections to using a pump more than five years ago, it was a tough decision for me. Last year I wrote a post about the fears that held me back for so long and why I’m so glad I finally overcame them. But after I had been pumping for six months I decided to add a Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) to the mix, and that decision was quite an easy one for me.  Read More >

Today, I’m excited to introduce Lori Schlosser, mother of 14-year-old Noah, who lives with Type 1 Diabetes. In today’s guest post, Lori shares with us some of the challenges that parents face when raising a child with Type 1 Diabetes as well as some tips she has learned since Noah’s recent incorporation of CGM technology into his daily diabetes management. If you have tips of your own, we’d love for you to share them with us in the comments below!  Read More >

Posted By Amanda Sheldon | September 25, 2012 Posted:  

Tags: insulin pump, diabetes care, Type 2 diabetes,

Today, we hear from Theresa Reynoso, who shares a very difficult story. She lost her son at age 19 from Type 1 diabetes and talks about her day-to-day management of her own Type 2 diabetes. She says it’s not easy, but with the help of her insulin pump, it makes managing her diabetes a lot less difficult. Take a moment to listen to Theresa’s story and share your thoughts with us in the comments.  Read More >

Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | September 20, 2012 Posted:  

Tags: Lenny the Lion, diabetes care,

We’ve been inspired with how our community came together during our Back-to-School Facebook contest and shared such thoughtful tips for effective diabetes management for students of all ages. Our voting period wrapped up this past Thursday September 13th, and it’s time to announce our three winners!  Read More >

Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | September 18, 2012 Posted:  

Tags: diabetes care, TrialNet,

You may remember today’s guest blogger Amanda Griswold from earlier this year, when she and her husband Brett shared with us their unusual love story. Today we’re lucky to have her back to talk about the couple’s decision to have their son screened for autoantibodies predictive of the development of Type 1 Diabetes through the research program TrialNet.  Read More >

Posted By Naomi Kingery | September 13, 2012 Posted:  

Tags: basal pattern, insulin pump, diabetes management,

I typically use most of the options my insulin pump offers, from linking my blood glucose meter to communicate with my pump, to using temporary basal rates when I need to. One feature that I never understood (and was somewhat intimidated by) was basal patterns. I didn’t fully get why I would need additional settings, in what life circumstances I would use them, and if I even trusted myself to remember to turn the basal patterns on and off once I figured all that out.  Read More >

Posted By Amanda Sheldon | September 11, 2012 Posted:  

Tags: diabetes care, Lenny the Lion,

We were thrilled to see all of the great tips shared through our Back-to-School Facebook contest over the last few weeks! It’s been inspiring to read all of your great tips for managing diabetes in classrooms – from kindergarten to college. Now, the time has come to vote for your favorite tip!  Read More >

Posted By Amanda Sheldon | September 4, 2012 Posted:  

Tags: diabetes care, BG meter,

We have good news to share with you today. We just announced, along with our partner Bayer HealthCare, a new blood glucose meter that will link to Medtronic insulin pumps. The CONTOUR® NEXT LINK has a bright, easy-to-read color display, requires a small blood sample size (0.6 microliters) and uses Bayer’s patented No-Coding™ technology to eliminate inaccurate test results that occur due to miscoding of the meter.  Read More >

Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | September 29, 2011 Posted:  

Tags: wedding, diabetes management, insulin pump,

Today our guest blogger is a very familiar face and voice to the DOC – Allison Blass, assistant editor at Diabetes Mine. She also writes on her personal blog, Lemonade Life. A diabetes blogger since her teen years, Allison is now a newlywed. (Say it with me...awwwwwww…..)So, who better to share with The LOOP her answer to a question we often hear from young women with diabetes – what do you do with your insulin pump on your wedding day?  Read More >

Posted By Amanda Sheldon | September 27, 2011 Posted:  

Tags: continuous glucose monitoring,

Last time you heard from Dr. Mastrototaro, he gave the short description of how Medtronic’s integrated CGM works. Today, for those of you who might want to know more, he goes a bit more in-depth, explaining the roles of the sensor, transmitter and insulin pump in the system. He also talks about what goes on in the pump to calibrate that sensor.  Read More >

Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | September 22, 2011 Posted:  

Tags: insulin pump, Global Heroes,

Last time, we heard from Lindsey Burch about her participating in the upcoming Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon. Today, we hear from another Global Hero – Lindsay Gossack from Seattle, Washington. We know Lindsay has done a lot of prep for this race and wish her the best! From everyone at The LOOP, all the best to you on race day Lindsay!  Read More >

Posted By Amanda Sheldon | September 20, 2011 Posted:  

Tags: insulin pump, Global Heroes,

Today, we hear from Lindsey Burch, a science and math teacher from Mission, Kansas who is also a Global Hero. What’s a Global Hero you ask? Well, it’s a runner who benefits from a medical device to treat a chronic disease (i.e. diabetes) and has been chosen to run (for free) the Medtronic Twin Cities marathon on October 2nd.  Read More >

Editors Note: As some of you may know, throughout her more than 30-year career Dr. Kaufman has worked around the globe to help people with diabetes. That’s why, with the UN Summit on Non-Communicable Diseases just around the corner, we asked her to share some of her thoughts on giving back and advocating for the global diabetes community.  Read More >

Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | September 13, 2011 Posted:  

Tags: insulin pump, pregnancy, temporary basal,

Today I am so excited to introduce you to our newest guest blogger – the lovely Sarah Knotts from IGTS Blog! As a brand new first-time mom (of a perfectly precious little boy!) and new user of the MiniMed Paradigm® REAL-Time RevelTM insulin pump and continuous glucose monitor, she has a lot of interesting experience to share. The good news is, she’ll be posting every month, right around this time. Please give her a warm welcome to The LOOP!  Read More >

Posted By Amanda Sheldon | September 8, 2011 Posted:  


It’s not every day that you get to work and find the headline “Medtronic: You Need to Call These People” in your Google alerts. But that’s what happened earlier this summer when the lovely Kerri Sparling of Six Until Me posted a photo submission from Camille Boivin. The photo shows off Camille and husband Philippe’s tattoos of Medtronic insulin pumps on their stomachs. You read that right – tattoos of insulin pumps!  Read More >

Posted By Naomi Kingery | September 6, 2011 Posted:  

Tags: You Can Do This,

As a person with diabetes active in the online community, it took about .5 seconds after the launch of You Can Do This to begin to hear about the project led by Kim Vlasnik. Of course, I clicked on it immediately because this is right up my alley! The premise of the project is simple, to unite our community with the slogan “You Can Do This” through videos created by and for people with diabetes.  Read More >

We’ve been talking a lot this summer about summer vacations, repelling down waterfalls and preventing moisture damage to your pump. Today, we welcome back Amy Kellerman, a product specialist on our insulin delivery marketing team, to continue on that theme to talk about what to do with your pump and CGM for different water situations.  Read More >

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