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Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | July 17, 2014

Like many who were diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 40-plus years ago, Mark Krukar spent a week in the hospital and was told he would have to take insulin shots every day for the rest of his life. In the early years, Mark did little to manage his diabetes, leading him to a disturbing wakeup call at the age of 20 when he started to develop diabetes related complications. Initially managing his diabetes with multiple daily injections, Mark has now been a MiniMed insulin pump user for 15 years.  Read More >


Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | June 5, 2014

Kitty Castellini joined the Medtronic family in 2000 when she started using the MiniMed 508 insulin pump. As you may recall from her 50 Year Journey with Diabetes blog, Kitty underwent a pancreatic transplant in 2004, and for some time did not need an insulin pump to manage her diabetes. In 2013, Kitty’s transplanted pancreas failed, leading her back to insulin pump therapy. From the MiniMed 508, to the MiniMed 530G with Enlite, Kitty shares how far technology advancements have come.  Read More >


Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | May 6, 2014

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 >


Posted By Naomi Kingery | April 17, 2014

In this video, two of our clinical specialists walk you through the steps to getting started on the new MiniMed 530G with Enlite. Once you’ve been trained on the new system, we recommend watching this video for a refresher on the process of changing out your infusion set and sensor. Have questions after watching the video? Let us know in the comments below!  Read More >


Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | April 8, 2014

Michelle Shaw is a daughter, friend, wife, mother of three boys (ages 8, 6, and 4), registered nurse, Medtronic employee, an athlete, and a person living with type 1 diabetes for 27 years. After pumping for 17 years, and wearing a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) for 7 years, Michelle recently switched from the MiniMed Paradigm Revel and Sof-sensor to the MiniMed 530G with Enlite. This article was previously published in our News to Infuse Newsletter, and we thought you’d enjoy us sharing it!  Read More >


Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | March 18, 2014

Our latest integrated system, MiniMed 530G with Enlite, offers the new feature of Threshold Suspend. Threshold Suspend is a Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) enabled feature that is designed to automatically stop insulin delivery when your sensor value reaches or falls below a pre-set threshold. You may have heard the news about this important step toward a fully automated artificial pancreas, but how does it actually work?  Read More >


Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | February 27, 2014

Kitty Castellini has more than 50 years of experience with diabetes. In 2004, she underwent a pancreas transplant. In 2013, Kitty’s transplanted pancreas failed and her type 1 diabetes returned. She shares her lifelong story of diabetes with you today.  Read More >


Posted By Naomi Kingery | February 25, 2014

In light of the Valentine’s Day holiday this month, we wanted to highlight our integrated insulin pump and continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) system with a little bit of relationship humor. Just imagine if the MiniMed 530G insulin pump and CGM devices were in a relationship with each other. They were just two lonely devices paired up by Medtronic Diabetes to help those with diabetes achieve better control.  Read More >


Posted By Karen Graffeo | February 18, 2014

When my new MiniMed 530G with Enlite system arrived on my doorstep early November, excitement washed over me. It also brought temptation to rip open the boxes and get started right away, but I knew I needed to wait for my training session. Training happened smack dab in the middle of November, and now that I’ve used the new system for a while, I’d like to share some observations and some things I wish I had known.  Read More >


Posted By Naomi Kingery | February 11, 2014

For the last 13 years, Jonni Lightfoot has been touring the world with diabetes as the bass player and bandleader for the 80’s band, Air Supply. Jonni is away from home about 200 days of the year, spending most of his time travelling to exotic places and performing to sold-out shows on a nightly basis. Today, Jonni joins us to talk about how he manages his diabetes with the MiniMed 530G with Enlite while away from home performing.  Read More >


Posted By Naomi Kingery | January 30, 2014

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 >


Posted By Naomi Kingery | January 23, 2014

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 Karrie Hawbaker | January 14, 2014

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 | December 10, 2013

I’ve now worn an insulin pump for eleven years (all of them have been MiniMed models) and have worked here at Medtronic for over four years. With each pump upgrade, I have become more and more familiar with what needs to be done. Traditionally, I’ve just input all my settings, learned about new menu structures, and referenced the user guide or website for reminders when I needed them. Over time, I’ve grown to be more confident in my skills as “an experienced pumper.”  Read More >


Posted By Amanda Sheldon | December 5, 2013

One of the most fulfilling parts of my job is the opportunity to collaborate on projects, brush shoulders in the hallway with people who I consider extremely smart, inspirational, and committed to the work they do for people with diabetes. Eric Larson, a Mechanical Engineering Manager for Sensor and Research Development, is NO exception! Eric was a monumental force behind the brand new Enlite sensor and its important components like the Enlite serter.  Read More >


Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | December 3, 2013

It is my pleasure today to introduce Vince Myers. Vince was the first person in the United States to receive the MiniMed530G system, and is an extremely motivating guy. After 6 years of being on just an insulin pump, Vince’s A1C hung around 7.0, but his inactivity had taken a toll on his body, making him feel sluggish and out of shape. Determined to get in better health, Vince began training for his first 5k race one year ago, and just finished his first 10k last month.  Read More >


Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | November 12, 2013

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 5, 2013

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 Naomi Kingery | October 10, 2013

Today I want to introduce you to Ashlie, a passionate 23-year old waitress who is pursuing a goal to work at a children’s hospital. She has had diabetes since the age of 17 and wears a MiniMed insulin pump. Earlier this year, Ashlie had the opportunity to take part in a clinical trial through her doctor’s office which allowed her to use the Enlite sensor.  Read More >


Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | October 3, 2013

Since announcing the news that we received FDA approval of MiniMed® 530G with Enlite on Friday, it’s been great to hear so many of you share in our excitement about this new product and critical first step toward a fully automated artificial pancreas. Hearing from you here on The LOOP as well as on Facebook and Twitter, as always, is really wonderful. In addition to sharing enthusiasm for this new technology, you’ve asked many very good questions.  Read More >


Posted By Amanda Sheldon | September 27, 2013

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 >


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