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Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | July 24, 2014

Better control, more physical and emotional energy, increased confidence. These are just a few of the comments we often hear from people when we ask them about the impact a MiniMed insulin pump has had on their lives. Watch this video to learn more from four of these people. Want to share how insulin pump therapy changed your life? Let us know in the comments below!  Read More >


Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | June 26, 2014

Being diagnosed with diabetes can prompt a lot of questions, confusion, and uncertainty. Once a Throwback Thursday ago, we asked some of our friends in the community for the best advice they received when they were first diagnosed with diabetes. Here’s what they shared. How about you? What’s the best advice you were told when diagnosed?  Read More >


Posted By Naomi Kingery | June 19, 2014

Considering insulin pump therapy, but on the fence about wearing one? Pumper since age 17 and person with type 1 diabetes for 37 years, Cindy Tenney, encourages you not to wait. Watch the video to find out why.  Read More >


Posted By Naomi Kingery | June 10, 2014

I believe people with diabetes are like super heroes, but we don’t realize it. I say this to drive home the fact that we deal with a lot, and we manage both big and small details involved in day to day care, and we don’t always step back to recognize that.  Read More >


Posted By Naomi Kingery | May 29, 2014

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 >


Posted By Karen Graffeo | May 22, 2014

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 >


Posted By Dr. Francine Kaufman | May 15, 2014

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 >


Posted By Dr. Francine Kaufman | May 13, 2014

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 >


Posted By Naomi Kingery | May 8, 2014

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 >


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 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 25, 2014

In 2002, at the age of 39, Tony was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. His primary care doctor started him on the usual diabetes regimen he started all his patients on - oral diabetes medications, and was told to get a blood glucose meter, test a couple times a day, and lose weight. As he left his doctor’s office, he was given two pamphlets about diabetes and was wished “good luck”. Tony takes you through his struggle managing type 2 diabetes, and how insulin pump therapy changed his life.  Read More >


Posted By Amanda Sheldon | March 13, 2014

As a college student, Lyndsay Riffe studied nutrition to become a dietitian. She had developed a deep understanding and passion for the human body’s complex relationship with food during her childhood, after she was diagnosed with diabetes at age three. Lyndsay thought the influence of diabetes on her professional life would end there.  Read More >


Posted By Meri Schuhmacher | March 11, 2014

My first son was diagnosed fifteen years ago at eight months old. Back then, we used a flurry of different insulins, trying to find the best regimen for him. Every day was a marathon. We jumped through hoops to make our daily routine match the demands the insulin had on our son.  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 Naomi Kingery | February 20, 2014

Today, Michael walks you through a live demonstration of inserting the new Enlite sensor. With the improved design of the new Enlite serter, the needle is completely hidden and inserted at a 90 degree angle. All you need to start is alcohol swabs, the Enlite glucose sensor, Enlite serter, sensor over tape, and the MiniLink transmitter.  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 Karrie Hawbaker | February 6, 2014

Cara Richardson was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of four, and started on insulin pump therapy in 2006. When she’s not working to support her insulin needs, she is blogging at CountryGirlDiabetic. Read on to see what essentials this blogger carries in her bag, interesting diabetes experiences she has encountered, and some insight into her personal life with diabetes.  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 Karrie Hawbaker | January 28, 2014

When Caleb Hatchet was in recovery from surgery on his femur January 2013, he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, making him the eldest and third child in his family to be diagnosed. "Due to the fact that it had been over two years since Daniel's diagnosis, for me to get type 1 would be more of a joke than reality," says Caleb, now 18 and a college student. After being diagnosed, reality struck, and he was now the third child in his family diagnosed with type 1 in three years.  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 Karrie Hawbaker | December 17, 2013

After Michael DiFiore enjoyed a career at Medtronic for 10 years, he recently started a new life chapter determined to travel the world. Michael shares his journey managing his type 1 diabetes while traveling across the world to India. Thanks Michael for sharing your story and tips for others managing diabetes while traveling.  Read More >


Posted By Karen Graffeo | December 12, 2013

Although I know regular exercise is very beneficial to those with diabetes, it’s always been a struggle for me. Several years ago my Facebook feed was filled with posts about the Couch to 5K program. It felt like everyone I knew was training for a 5K. Something about those posts hooked me, and before I knew it, I was training for a 5K too. My husband Pete and I even signed up for a local 5K race.  Read More >


Posted By Naomi Kingery | November 19, 2013

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 >


Posted By Naomi Kingery | November 7, 2013

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 Karrie Hawbaker | October 31, 2013

On Halloween, third grader Kelly Kunik anticipated dressing up, trick-or-treating, and eating candy with her friends. Instead, she was learning about insulin and what a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes would mean for the future of her childhood. Kelly now wears a MiniMed pump and serves as a blogger and diabetes advocate. We are so glad that she shared her Halloween diagnosis story with us! Leave Kelly a note of encouragement in the comments, and be sure to wish her a Happy Diaversary!  Read More >


Posted By Amanda Sheldon | October 24, 2013

Recently, our News to Infuse newsletter team sat down with Dr. Francine Kaufman to discuss a California Supreme Court ruling that trained non-licensed school personnel can assist California’s students in administering insulin if needed. Because this issue is so important, and because the ruling impacts the daily care of more than 10,000 students living with diabetes in California/.  Read More >


Posted By Lane Desborough | September 12, 2013

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 Amanda Sheldon | August 1, 2013

Today, Amanda Griswold from the Customer Experience Team here at Medtronic joins us to talk about questions that people commonly have before going on an insulin pump and/or continuous glucose monitor (CGM). What are some questions you had before trying a pump/CGM and how do you feel now?  Read More >


Posted By Amanda Sheldon | May 30, 2013

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 >


Posted By Naomi Kingery | March 28, 2013

Like me, you probably have a diabetes supply drawer (unofficially) labeled with “I have no idea what to do with these.” We recently asked a question to our Facebook community that read, “Spring is almost here! Are you planning to do some spring cleaning with your diabetes supplies?” and it sounded like the community had some of the same questions I had about best practices for disposing of these supplies. So what are you supposed to do with different diabetes supplies?  Read More >


Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | March 19, 2013

You may remember Brett Griswold from some of our previous blogs such as On Love and Diabetes, Screening for Type 1 Diabetes and When to Tell Your Valentine about your Diabetes. Today, Brett shares with us how he prepares to manage his diabetes while vacationing in Las Vegas during March Madness. How do you prepare for vacation?  Read More >


Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | March 12, 2013

Today, we hear from Jake’s mom, Joy. She talks about how she was initially nervous to transition to insulin pump therapy to help manage Jake’s type 1 diabetes. She found that with practice it became easier and now even brings her peace of mind. Listen to her story and tell us: what were your concerns before starting your child on insulin pump therapy and what’s life like for your family now?  Read More >


Posted By Naomi Kingery | January 22, 2013

We recently heard from Mari Ruddy as she prepared for the trip of a lifetime to India with our Medtronic Team. She had the opportunity to travel through four Indian cities to raise awareness about living with diabetes and managing it with technology. Her trip was a success and was recognized in a variety of Indian Press outlets. She was able to make an impact on the hearts of many people (which we knew she would!).  Read More >


Posted By Karen Graffeo | January 8, 2013

I really enjoy the holiday season, but by the time New Year’s rolls around I’m ready to say farewell to the non-stop festivities and get back to a normal routine. As I pack away my Christmas decorations and get my house in order, I think about getting my diabetes management in order too. Sure, I work hard at diabetes all year long, even during the holidays, but I always have room for a little diabetes tune-up.  Read More >


Posted By Naomi Kingery | December 20, 2012

All year long I have had the pleasure of writing a variety of support related blog posts here on The LOOP. While using technology to assist with a disease as complex as diabetes, there is an opportunity to learn something new every day.  Read More >


Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | December 13, 2012

It’s that time of year again – the 8-week long flurry of festivity in the U.S. that we call “The Holidays”. Feasts, travelling, gift-giving, joy (and stress) are big parts of the mix for many Americans. Of course, the celebrating can come with a few unique challenges if you live with diabetes. So, here’s a roundup of some of our favorite blog entries and resources that we thought you might find most helpful this time of year.  Read More >


Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | December 11, 2012

Today we hear from Ashley, who discusses what life was like on injections and how she was worried an insulin pump would be a constant reminder of diabetes – to her and others around her. She talks about what life is really like now that she’s on the MiniMed pump and how no one else needs to see the pump if she doesn’t want them to. Listen to her story and tell us: What were your concerns before starting insulin pump therapy and what’s life like for you now?  Read More >


Posted By Naomi Kingery | November 29, 2012

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 Naomi Kingery | November 21, 2012

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 Naomi Kingery | November 13, 2012

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 Meri Schuhmacher | October 18, 2012

I have a secret. A secret not even my own children know. I'm not a fan of Halloween. There are many reasons for my hesitancy to embrace this holiday, the pinnacle being I have three children with type 1 diabetes. Yet the fact remains, I am the mother to four Halloween loving boys. There is no getting around it...I must embrace the holiday as if it were my own birthday.  Read More >


Posted By Naomi Kingery | September 13, 2012

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 | August 23, 2012

Today, we’re excited to share with you another guest blog from Katie Janowiak, who works for the Medtronic Foundation, our company’s philanthropic arm. This time, Katie takes us back to her college days at Michigan State University and comically demonstrates the importance of always thinking ahead and being prepared when living with diabetes.  Read More >


Posted By Meri Schuhmacher | August 7, 2012

Editor’s Note: Last fall, the amazing d-mom Meri Schumacher from ourdiabeticlife.com was kind enough to write an article for our e-newsletter News to Infuse, sharing some of her back-to-school wisdom to parents and other family members of children with diabetes. With another school year right around the corner for many, we thought this would be a good time to share this information with our readers of The LOOP as well. Hope you enjoy and a big thank you Meri for sharing  Read More >


Posted By Amanda Sheldon | July 26, 2012

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

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 Lane Desborough | January 10, 2012

When my son was first diagnosed with diabetes, my wife and I were very focused on tackling the clinical part of the disease. We worried less about things like the impact of diabetes on his lifestyle and social interactions. But we soon we realized that it’s important not to get too out of balance; to forget that there’s a person behind the disease.  Read More >


Posted By Amanda Sheldon | December 8, 2011

December can be a very busy month when a lot of people celebrate various holidays, spend time with family and friends near and far, and/or ring in the New Year. It can be a lot of excitement and a lot to think about – in addition to thinking about diabetes! So we rounded up a few past blog entries that we thought might come in handy this time of year. Hope you enjoy!  Read More >


Posted By Naomi Kingery | November 17, 2011

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 Amanda Sheldon | November 10, 2011

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 Lane Desborough | October 27, 2011

With school back in session, we know many parents of children with diabetes face the challenge of how to best work with teachers and other school staff to ensure their child’s safety at school and create a positive environment for learning. We happened to see a letter Lane sent to Hayden’s school and asked him to share it with you. This is just one way to communicate with your child’s school.  Read More >


Posted By Amanda Sheldon | October 18, 2011

On Saturday, October 1, I had the pleasure of attending Desert Springs Hospital’s 20th Health and Diabetes Fest in Las Vegas, NV.  Read More >


Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | September 29, 2011

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 >


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