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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 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 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 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 Karrie Hawbaker | May 1, 2014

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 >


Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | April 22, 2014

Motivational speaker, Ken Ellis, has successfully managed type 1 diabetes for more than 53 years, and continues to stay motivated through maintaining an attitude of gratitude for the positive things in life. For the past 25 years, rather than bemoan his fate, Ken facilitates hospital and community diabetes support groups, helping hundreds of people.  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 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 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 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 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 15, 2013

True or false? Active insulin is a type of insulin that is out-going, heavily involved in sports and enjoys outdoor activities. False, it’s actually an interesting and really important insulin pump feature included in the Bolus Wizard feature of our insulin pumps!  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 | July 16, 2013

Today, I’d like for you to meet Kristin Rohlman. She’s a first grade teacher in Kansas with three lovely children: Levi, Lexianne, and Lucas. Lucas was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes last year and this has changed many aspects of the lives of each person in their family. But it hasn’t stopped them from having an active lifestyle by enjoying many sports, including playing baseball, biking, and swimming.  Read More >


Posted By Naomi Kingery | July 9, 2013

When I think of the Bolus Wizard, I think of a Wizard named “Merlin” with a magical wand and special powers. Although the Bolus Wizard on your insulin pump doesn’t have powers, it is actually a calculator (a calculator I don’t recommend using when taking your math test but definitely one that you can use for diabetes management). Not everyone uses the Bolus Wizard, but I think it’s one of the best features of my insulin pump.  Read More >


Posted By Naomi Kingery | June 20, 2013

In April we were thrilled to launch our first video contest for our Medtronic Diabetes Facebook Community. It was called Amazing Moments and the premise was simple: submit a video of what living life to the fullest means to you. We were blown away by the submissions from our creative and passionate Facebook community! Once all the videos were submitted, we asked the community to vote for their favorite and you chose the video submitted by our Facebook fan, James Jackson!  Read More >


Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | October 11, 2012

Today we welcome back Lane Desborough, a product strategist here at Medtronic, to talk about how, as a company, we must continue to challenge ourselves to innovate for people with diabetes. In the video below Lane mentions one of his favorite books, The Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton Christenson.  Read More >


Posted By Amanda Sheldon | June 14, 2011

Recently our own Greg Meehan, Vice President and General Manager of Continuous Glucose Management and Hospital Products for the Diabetes business unit, joined the board of directors of the Los Angeles Chapter of the JDRF. Today, he discusses his personal passion for helping others as well our commitment to the JDRF and the diabetes community.  Read More >


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