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Posted By Amanda Sheldon | April 10, 2014

Today, we’re sending a very big THANK YOU to the Arizona State Legislature for passing a budget that restores access to insulin pumps for adults with diabetes in the state’s Medicaid program. Until now, the Arizona Medicaid program included coverage for children with type 1 diabetes. However, once these children turned 21, they were no longer eligible for an insulin pump or supplies.  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 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 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 Amanda Sheldon | March 7, 2014

Spring is here, which means that it’s Daylight Savings time! On March 9, most of us here in the U.S. will “Spring Forward” our clocks by one hour.  Read More >


Posted By Naomi Kingery | March 6, 2014

Spring is upon us and as many college students prepare for that much anticipated (and well-deserved) spring break, we wanted to take the opportunity to remind everyone to make sure to take the necessary steps and pack accordingly to ensure you make the most of your vacation! Today, Megan Zwerling, a sophomore studying biomedical engineering, joins us to share how she – and her roommate – are preparing for their trip south! Let us know what tips you have 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 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 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 Naomi Kingery | January 15, 2014

Today, we bring you another installment from Elisa Marchetti. Elisa has previously guest blogged about traveling with diabetes, and more recently about managing diabetes and being a new mom. Today, Elisa joins us to talk about life changes with diabetes. Specifically, starting a new job. If you’ve recently gone through a big life transition, please share it with us in the comments below.  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 Karrie Hawbaker | November 21, 2013

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 | October 29, 2013

Fall is here, which means that it’s Daylight Savings Time! On November 3, most of us here in the U.S. “fall back” our clocks 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 | October 17, 2013

I’ve met a lot of people with diabetes, and Cindy Tenney is one that stands out as one of the most fascinating. She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 13 and has lived a full life with diabetes. When it comes to diabetes technology, she’s seen it all as she wore our very first insulin pump, the MiniMed 502.  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 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 | October 1, 2013

We’ve heard from some magnificent moms with diabetes in the past. Remember Cheryl and Elisa? Today, we hear from Shannon Massi Yuri, a mom to three beautiful kids, including a set of twins! Being able to breastfeed her children was very important to Shannon. Read her story below to hear how she did it and share your experiences with us in the comments.  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 >


Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | September 26, 2013

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 Amanda Sheldon | September 19, 2013

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 >


Posted By Naomi Kingery | August 22, 2013

Oftentimes the bond between a child with diabetes and their parents can be extremely special and this story is no exception! Meet Jane and Mac, the dynamic mother-son-duo. Mac was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 9 and began on a Medtronic insulin pump soon after. He is now an active 12-year-old with two brothers and one sister. He plays football, basketball, golf, and swims. He is also currently getting ready to compete in the World Archery Tournament in St. Louis! Here is his story  Read More >


Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | August 15, 2013

Our friends in the diabetes community have recently shared some great tips on how to wear an insulin pump in the summertime and how to manage your diabetes when swimming. Today we wrap up this series as they share tips specifically for when those temperatures get really extreme. How about you – how are you braving the heat this summer?  Read More >


Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | August 14, 2013

I am constantly amazed at young people affected by type 1 diabetes for their resilience, bravery, and ability to seemingly step beyond their years to advocate within their local, regional, and national communities to increase awareness, fund research, and improve therapy coverage. While most kids are concentrated on school, sports, and playing with their friends, these amazing young adults somehow find time for all of that and time for spreading awareness and educating others about diabetes.  Read More >


Posted By Amanda Sheldon | August 8, 2013

With another back-to-school season just around the corner, many of us are thinking about all of the things we need to do to prepare our children for a successful year in school. With all of the stressors that go along with preparing for a new school year such as school supply shopping, packing and preparing for a new classroom, teacher, coursework and routine, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. This feeling can be amplified when also planning for a child who has diabetes.  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 Karrie Hawbaker | July 23, 2013

You recently heard from some of our friends in the diabetes community who shared their tips for how to wear an insulin pump in the summertime. Today they’re back to talk about diabetes management tips when going swimming. If you’re hitting the beach, pool or lake this weekend, make sure to read on!  Read More >


Posted By Amanda Sheldon | July 2, 2013

Today, I’m very excited to share with you the first blog of a four-part series from new guest blogger, Gilpreet Kooner. Gilpreet is a recent biomedical engineering graduate from the University of Texas at Austin. Living with type 1 diabetes for the last five years, Gilpreet embodies a “Living Without Limits” lifestyle. To prove it, she has teamed up with Texas 4000 and will adventure on a 70-day cycling trip from Texas to Alaska this summer, all in the name of fighting cancer.  Read More >


Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | June 25, 2013

Summertime brings warmer weather, which means a lighter wardrobe of skirts, shorts and swimwear. So, we asked some of our friends in the diabetes online community for some tips on how they wear their insulin pumps with summer fashion. Read what they had to say, then tell us your own tips in the comments!  Read More >


Posted By Amanda Sheldon | June 10, 2013

Here at Medtronic Diabetes, we’re committed to keeping customers like you informed about issues and solutions concerning our products and services. Your safety is absolutely our top priority, which is why I’m writing today to let you know about a potential safety issue and provide you with information on how you can avoid it.  Read More >


Posted By Naomi Kingery | June 6, 2013

We often receive Medtronic customer stories through our Facebook “Share Your Story” app and many of them stand out. When we received a brief introduction and picture of Steve and Carolyn on their wedding day, we couldn’t stop talking about how cute we thought it was! We knew we wanted to hear more about their story, so I reached out to Steve (who has had type 1 diabetes since the age of 22) to hear more about how he managed his diabetes with his MiniMed insulin pump on this picture perfect day.  Read More >


Posted By Karen Graffeo | June 4, 2013

My very first blood glucose meter was probably about the size of a brick, and in my mind it was as heavy as a brick too. This was back in the early 1980’s when meters required a huge blood sample (by today’s standards) and several minutes to give a reading, but it was so much better than the urine testing that had been my only option. Over the years I’ve watched meters grow smaller and faster and easier to use.  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 | May 28, 2013

One of the first questions I had when I first got my MiniMed insulin pump was, “How do I wear my pump in places that have water, like a beach?” I soon found out that there are several options and sometimes it just takes some extra thought into how you’re going to handle it – but a pump is no reason to miss out on a fun-filled beach day!  Read More >


Posted By Naomi Kingery | May 16, 2013

One of the reasons that we post on The LOOP is to educate our customers on the benefits and value added resources available to them. It seems like one topic that there’s always an appetite to learn more about is travel! There are questions like how to go through airport security, what to do with your Medtronic devices on an airplane, how to adjust to a new place with varied temperatures and sceneries, you name it.  Read More >


Posted By Meri Schuhmacher | May 14, 2013

As acting pancreases, we do a lot more thinking than we give ourselves credit for. When it comes to diabetes we make thousands of decisions a day. Many of which come so naturally it's hard to process the true amount of brain capacity it takes to keep the numbers in check. Summer tends to be my big wake up call. A shift in the boys' insulin needs begins, and as such I need to make many more conscious diabetes decisions than normal.  Read More >


Posted By Naomi Kingery | May 9, 2013

One of my favorite things about my insulin pump (other than being pink, of course) is that I can use as few or as many of the advanced features during different phases of my life as I want. After over a decade on my pump, I’ve pretty much used it all, but I have a few “go-to” features that I use the most and one is the temporary basal rate (or “temp basal”).  Read More >


Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | May 7, 2013

You’ve heard from Elisa Marchetti before in the blog post about her travel adventures from Costa Rica to China and her touching story in the Medtronic edition of You Can Do This. Today, Elisa shares the story of becoming a new Mommy! Read on about her experiences entering into Mommy-hood, and allow us to take this time to wish Elisa and all the moms out there a Happy Mother’s Day!  Read More >


Posted By Naomi Kingery | May 2, 2013

Today, I’m happy to bring you another guest blog from Kristin Baker, a CGM Product Specialist here at Medtronic. Last time we heard from Kristin she talked about Optimizing Diabetes Management using 3 types of CGM alerts. This time Kristin talks about decreasing CGM alerts with the use of CareLink Personal software. Let’s hear what she has to say.  Read More >


Posted By Naomi Kingery | April 30, 2013

Today we’re bringing back another blog from one of our community favorites, Cheryl, a Medtronic employee, person with diabetes, and a mom! Diabetes is a family disease, and no one knows that more than someone who lives with it every day. Today, Cheryl opens up with The LOOP on what it’s been like to educate her children about what’s involved with her diabetes management.  Read More >


Posted By Naomi Kingery | April 23, 2013

The great group of friends, check. The corsage, check. The special dress, check. Where to wear an insulin pump? Still trying to figure that out. This is what the check list sounded like as one of our customers named Kelly prepared for prom. One of the important events in a teenager’s life is getting the opportunity to go to prom. When you have diabetes and an insulin pump it takes just a little extra planning.  Read More >


Posted By Amanda Sheldon | April 16, 2013

For most men and women, their wedding day is one they’ll never forget. It takes a tremendous amount of planning to make this day special, and maybe even a little more so for those with diabetes. Today, we share with you a special guest post from professional golfer and pumper, Carling Coffing.  Read More >


Posted By Naomi Kingery | April 4, 2013

We often hear from people of all ages that insulin pump therapy can be daunting at first. However, it usually doesn’t take long for changing sets and using the Bolus Wizard to become second nature. (Figuring out the exact carb count on your favorite takeout or nailing down those overnight basal rates might take a bit more trial and error.)  Read More >


Posted By Amanda Sheldon | April 2, 2013

Here at Medtronic Diabetes, we’re committed to continuing to improve our products and to enable people to better manage their diabetes. The safety of you, our customers, is absolutely our top priority. This is why I’m writing today to let you know that, if you are a Medtronic customer who uses a Paradigm insulin pump, this week you and your healthcare provider will receive a letter from us in the mail. This letter is a voluntary notification about two potential issues with your pump.  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 26, 2013

Today we welcome back our favorite sky-diver with diabetes, Michael Craig, who’s here to share some exciting news – he’s moving across the country for an exciting new job with the JDRF! Of course, new jobs are stressful and moving is a hassle for anyone. But there’s even more to think about and plan for if you live with type 1 diabetes. Hear how Michael is managing it all and join us in congratulating him on such an exciting time in his life!  Read More >


Posted By Amanda Sheldon | March 14, 2013

Growing up in a household full of Irish heritage, St. Patrick’s Day has always been one of my favorite holidays. I love the tradition of green shamrocks, cornbeef and cabbage and Irish music. So I was thrilled when a customer shared a photo of playing a bagpipe in a St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Thanks Jennifer for sharing your tips for managing to pump while playing the long route.  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 Amanda Sheldon | March 8, 2013

Spring is almost here, which means that it’s time for Daylight Savings Time! On March 10, most of us here in the U.S. “spring forward” our clocks 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 Naomi Kingery | March 7, 2013

Remember Celine Parent, Lindsey Burch, and Lindsay Gossack? Not only do they have living with diabetes in common, they’re also inspirational insulin pumpers and Medtronic Global Heroes! Along with these blog posts, you can hear more stories from the 2012 Global Heroes in this video.  Read More >


Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | March 5, 2013

As some of you may know, we’ve teamed up with the Diabetes Hands Foundation for a series of Live Interviews with Medtronic leaders, broadcast over at TuDiabetes. If you missed the first two, be sure to check out the archives of Dr. Francine Kaufman and Lane Desborough. For the third event in the series, we’re thrilled to have Dr. John Mastrototaro discussing a very popular topic – the road to the artificial pancreas.  Read More >


Posted By Naomi Kingery | February 26, 2013

With diabetes, it’s extremely important to know where your blood glucose is, where it’s going, and how fast it’s getting there. Today, Kristin Baker, a CGM Product Specialist here at Medtronic joins us to talk about three types of continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) alerts to help with that information – Threshold, Predictive, and Rate of Change alerts.  Read More >


Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | February 21, 2013

Regardless of age, the decision to use an insulin pump to help manage diabetes is a huge decision for both the person of diabetes and their loved ones. We recently sat down with 13-year-old Jack to talk about his decision to go on the pump and how it’s affected his day-to-day diabetes management. To hear even more from Jack, be sure to check out his video on WebMD.  Read More >


Posted By Naomi Kingery | February 12, 2013

Hey LOOP readers, you heard from my friend Cheryl back in November with her guest blog, Superhero, or Something Like It and today she is back for more. As a reminder, she’s not only a person with diabetes and Medtronic employee, she’s also a busy mom with two kids. Today she shares her insight on the impact a diagnosis can have on a family, specifically how her diabetes has changed the way she has raised her children.  Read More >


Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | February 7, 2013

From time to time, we get the question “Does anyone working at Medtronic live with diabetes or have family members who do?” The answer is a very big yes! We have many people here for whom the Medtronic mission hits especially close to home. One of those people is Lane Desborough and, in addition to his job as a diabetes dad, he has a very exciting role here at Medtronic.  Read More >


Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | January 24, 2013

It is my pleasure today to introduce competitive ski racer, Nick Ward. Nick is an extremely inspirational young guy. After his diabetes diagnosis, he was told he wouldn’t be able to continue his pursuit of a competitive ski career. Passionate and driven, Nick pressed forward and continues on his quest of one day representing our nation as part of the U.S. Olympic Team.  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 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 Amanda Sheldon | November 8, 2012

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 Naomi Kingery | November 1, 2012

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 Karrie Hawbaker | October 25, 2012

Every holiday has its traditions. Here at Medtronic Diabetes, we wanted to partake in one of Halloween’s most common traditions – pumpkin carving… Medtronic style!  Read More >


Posted By Karen Graffeo | October 23, 2012

In my last post I talked about using my pump’s Dual Wave Bolus feature to tackle foods that are rough on my blood sugar. But the Dual Wave isn’t the only feature on my pump that helps with my blood sugar management. I also make use of the Temp Basal function to try to cut down on highs and lows.  Read More >


Posted By Naomi Kingery | October 9, 2012

I’ve always believed that as a person with diabetes it’s important to take what I learn and share this information with others. I have many times benefited by being on the receiving end and learning from my friends with diabetes. I like to use my blog posts as a way to educate and share interesting tips, but to also share my personal experiences (even if it means sharing my mistakes, like I’m about to…)  Read More >


Posted By Amanda Sheldon | September 25, 2012

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 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 Karrie Hawbaker | August 17, 2012

I would like to take a moment to first thank everyone for the wonderful diabetes management tips submitted on our Insulin Pumps and Continuous Glucose Monitoring blog by Dr. Francine Kaufman. As you know, everyone who submitted a tip was automatically entered in to a drawing to win 1 of 10 copies of her new book, Insulin Pumps and Continuous Glucose Monitoring: A User’s Guide To Effective Diabetes Management.  Read More >


Posted By Amanda Sheldon | August 14, 2012

Meet James, a Medtronic MiniMed customer who shares his experience about being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes and using insulin pump therapy to help him manage his diabetes.  Read More >


Posted By Naomi Kingery | August 9, 2012

A change of scenery is always nice, and this summer my travel agenda has taken me to Arizona, South Carolina, and Minnesota so far. I first prepared for my trips by checking the weather forecast and learned I would be experiencing triple-digit weather, talk about change! I did research to learn about heat and insulin pumps and I would like to follow up on the insulin storage blog I wrote last fall  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 Sarah Knotts | July 19, 2012

Before my Paradigm Revel, my old routine used to look a bit like this: 1. Check blood sugar 2. Calculate carbs (if eating a meal or snack) 3. Pull out the calculator and use about 3-4 different mathematical equations to guess at a round-about dose for said carbs 4. Then, either inject (if I were using pens) or program my old pump to deliver the said dose. 5. And, when I was able to get a CGM, my next step was to find the CGM and input my latest BG reading in for calibration.  Read More >


Posted By Dr. Francine Kaufman | July 17, 2012

Editor’s note: We were excited to hear that our very own Dr. Kaufman worked with the American Diabetes Association on a new book, “Insulin Pumps and Continuous Glucose Monitoring: A User’s Guide to Effective Diabetes Management.” We will be giving away 10 copies of the book by random drawing – to enter, please send us a comment below and tell us what diabetes management tip you would like to share.  Read More >


Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | July 11, 2012

Dealing with natural disasters can be daunting for anyone and whether it is flooding, fires, tornadoes, earthquakes, snow, or a hurricane, it’s important for anyone to be prepared. If you’re someone who lives with diabetes you also have to think about your diabetes management needs and supplies as part of that reactive plan to have in place for yourself and loved ones. About five years ago, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, we put in place a disaster relief program...  Read More >


Posted By Naomi Kingery | June 26, 2012

One topic that customers often ask about when they call the 24-Hour HelpLine is the buttons on their insulin pumps. How durable are they? Am I pushing them too hard? Am I pushing them the wrong way? I can understand why - there’s so much riding on those buttons! The more than 1 million lines of computer code in a Medtronic insulin pump (interesting factoid for you!) are controlled by only four little buttons.  Read More >


Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | June 19, 2012

Many people with diabetes tell the story of how, shortly after diagnosis, a friend, family member or healthcare provider says something along the lines of “You can’t be at truck driver or join the military, but career-wise anything else is open to you.” I’ve been lucky enough to meet people for whom “anything else” became a fireman, teacher, scientist, nurse, journalist, hair stylist, runner, singer or professional athlete. But meeting Michael Craig still wowed me...  Read More >


Posted By Naomi Kingery | May 17, 2012

To date, one of the most popular blog posts here on the LOOP is the one I wrote about preventing moisture damage to your pump. I knew this was a big topic, but didn’t realize it was that big! As summer approaches and many of us spend more time at the beach or out in the sun working up a sweat, here are some more tips on moisture-filled scenarios you may encounter.  Read More >


Posted By Naomi Kingery | March 6, 2012

Spring cleaning is the time of year when we tend to clean up our surroundings to simplify our lives after the dreary winter months. Depending on where you live, you may be coming out of the cold soon and, with the sight of some new blooms, ready to take on your closet or your kitchen cabinets. But how about organizing your pump supplies or cleaning your insulin pump?  Read More >


Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | February 23, 2012

I am so excited to introduce you to our newest guest blogger, Meri Schuhmacher from Our Diabetic Life. With four wonderful boys (three with diabetes), she’s an incredibly busy D-Mom who still always manages to find the time and warmth to support and encourage others in the diabetes community. She was one of the first to try out the mySentry Remote Glucose Monitor and we’re thrilled to have her blogging for us here.  Read More >


Posted By Amanda Sheldon | February 21, 2012

Have you met Karen Graffeo? You may know her from her blog Bitter~Sweet or her work with her local chapter of JDRF (if you live in New England) or from the very successful Diabetes Blog Week, which Karen created and now organizes each May. We love Karen’s positive attitude about life and diabetes (even when times are hard) and, with more than 30 years with Type 1 Diabetes, she has a lot of valuable experience to share. So, we thought we’d ask her to do a series of guest posts here at The LOOP.  Read More >


Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | February 14, 2012

Valentine’s Day is today – a day that’s typically all about love and romance. Now, when you think of diabetes and Medtronic, romance might not be the first word to come to your mind. But when I think of diabetes, Medtronic and romance, two names immediately came to mind: Amanda and Brett Griswold. Amanda works here in Marketing with Lenny the Lion and a few other fun projects. When I first started at Medtronic someone told me a brief version of their story and all I could say was “Wow!”  Read More >


Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | February 9, 2012

When I first met Blair Ryan more than a year ago, she and her Insulindependence colleague Peter Nerothin were introducing Amanda and me to a fantastic burrito place in Solano Beach, CA. With the waves of the Pacific crashing behind us, I knew right away I liked this classic SoCal woman with the big smile and contagious enthusiasm for staying fit and helping people with diabetes.  Read More >


Posted By Naomi Kingery | February 2, 2012

I looked down the other day and saw that the edge of my infusion set site was no longer sticky and beginning to peel. To be cautious, I put a piece of tape over my site and was back to business. At times I am often overly cautious because of the whole saying “I’d rather be safe than sorry,” and because I have also learned what can happen when I don’t take that extra special care.  Read More >


Posted By Dr. Francine Kaufman | January 24, 2012

I have been excited to be a part of the STAR 3 clinical trial since becoming the Chief Medical Officer of Medtronic. The 12 month study phase results of Star 3, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, showed that there was a significant reduction in A1C in those study participants using an integrated insulin pump and CGM (SAP) compared to those using multiple daily injections (MDI).  Read More >


Posted By Sarah Knotts | January 19, 2012

We all love to go to them. We laugh and have fun with family and friends. The LAST thing we want to be worried about is what our blood sugar may be doing that could be a potential party-pooper for us. So what do we do?  Read More >


Posted By Dr. Francine Kaufman | January 17, 2012

Here at Medtronic, we get a lot of questions from customers about the lumps and bumps that may appear at injection sites. So, here’s a Q&A on what these lumps are, why they occur and how to prevent them.  Read More >


Posted By Greg Meehan | January 4, 2012

Happy New Year! I am thrilled to start off 2012 by sharing some really exciting news with you. We have received FDA approval for the mySentry™ Remote Glucose Monitor, the first product of its kind that allows parents and caregivers to monitor the MiniMed Paradigm® REAL-Time Revel™ System from another room.  Read More >


Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | January 3, 2012

Happy 2012! With the new year, you may have a new insurance policy. Here’s just a quick reminder that, if that’s the case, please be sure to give us a call to update your policy information. That way, we can ensure you keep receiving your supplies without interruption.  Read More >


Posted By Dr. Francine Kaufman | December 20, 2011

Each year I look forward to the time of year during which a lot of the major medical meetings for diabetes take place. It’s a time where I can interact with my colleagues and friends and we can share the latest science and technology with the goal of finding the best treatment our patients.  Read More >


Posted By Amanda Sheldon | December 15, 2011

On World Diabetes Day, George Simmons held bacon skin contest giveaway. If you haven’t seen the video (link to video entry), race right over to George’s blog and watch it today.  Read More >


Posted By Dr. Francine Kaufman | December 13, 2011

As an Endocrinologist it’s important for me to have as much information as possible when I meet with a patient and their family. That’s why CareLink is so important to me in my practice. It gives me more detailed information than blood work or what my patients typically volunteer.  Read More >


Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | December 6, 2011

Back in October, we asked you to share how you incorporate diabetes into your Halloween costume and told you we’d award prizes for our favorites. Truth be told, the winners were not quite what we expected (and more of the canine/feline variety) but the best of the best, nonetheless!  Read More >


Posted By Sarah Knotts | November 22, 2011

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 >


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 Amanda Sheldon | October 31, 2011

Today we welcome back Allison Blass as a guest blogger at The LOOP. In this post, she’s digging up some childhood trick-or-treat memories and offering up some advice to D-parents about making Halloween fun for kids with diabetes. Also, whether you’re a kid or a kid at heart, there’s still time to enter your photos (from this year or Halloween’s past) to The LOOP Halloween Contest. First prize is $100 Gift Card!  Read More >


Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | October 28, 2011

Happy Halloween! We’re sure you are excited about dressing up for Halloween this weekend. When you do, don’t forget to take pics for The LOOP Halloween Costume Contest and email them to loopblog@medtronic.com long with a 300-word summary of your get-up by the 31st. We’re giving prizes for our favorite three and top prize wins $100 Visa Gift card. We can’t wait to see everyone’s creativity! In the meantime, have a safe and spooktacular weekend!  Read More >


Posted By Amanda Sheldon | October 26, 2011

You may have heard recently about computer security professionals demonstrating ways insulin pumps can be wirelessly tampered with or “hacked.” I’d like to share with you the facts, update you on the progress Medtronic is making in this area, and provide you with some steps you can take to protect yourself.  Read More >


Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | October 25, 2011

Today we hear from Nicole Purcell. She’s had type 1 diabetes for nearly 30 years and, just recently, begun living on her own without parents or roommates for the first time – a scary but exciting new journey . If you have any tips for Nicole or others in her situation, please share in the comments.ad, rather unceremoniously, told me she was leaving, to go back to Texas. In eighteen hours. The very next day.  Read More >


Posted By Sarah Knotts | October 13, 2011

That’s the name of the game when you’re a new mom. From the time your feet hit the floor in the morning until you lay back down at night for a hopeful few hours of rest, you’re on the go. Whether you’re getting the baby what he needs or trying to get yourself ready without putting on two different socks (or remembering the socks at all?), you’re constantly moving and going, trying to get everything done in time.  Read More >


Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | October 10, 2011

Halloween is almost here - that time of year to get creative and don your favorite costume. But if you’re an all-year-round diabetes superhero and wear an insulin pump or CGM, how does that fit into your October 31st ensemble?  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 >


Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | September 22, 2011

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

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 >


Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | September 13, 2011

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 Karrie Hawbaker | September 1, 2011

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 >


Posted By Amanda Sheldon | August 26, 2011

This week there have been additional stories about wireless tampering of insulin pumps and Medtronic’s information security efforts. We wrote an initial blog but wanted to follow up with more information as it is important that you feel safe when wearing your device.  Read More >


Posted By Dr. Francine Kaufman | August 18, 2011

One concern patients sometimes ask about before starting insulin pump therapy is weight gain. A common myth exists that going on a pump causes one to gain weight. While it is just a myth and using an insulin pump does not cause weight gain, many people taking insulin do gain weight. The question is, why?  Read More >


Posted By Amanda Sheldon | August 9, 2011

Recently, the Associated Press ran an article about research presented at a computer security conference regarding the security of insulin pumps. We know this has been discussed quite a bit on Twitter and blogs such as Six Until Me and Scott Hanselman’s Computer Zen this weekend so today we thought we’d take the opportunity to answer a few questions about the security of Medtronic insulin pumps.  Read More >


Posted By Amanda Sheldon | August 2, 2011

A while back you heard about Naomi’s exciting Trip to India. Today, we hear from another world traveler from Medtronic. Elisa Marchetti is a Principal Human Resources Generalist in the Diabetes business unit of Medtronic. But here at The LOOP she’s talking about how to travel without letting diabetes hold you back – from Costa Rica to China!  Read More >


Posted By Amanda Sheldon | July 26, 2011

At this year’s American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions, new clinical data was released from the landmark STAR 3 Study which compared A1C reduction for people using an insulin pump integrated with CGM to those using multiple daily injections (MDI). We are excited to share this new data with you and hope it motivates you to keep up your good work managing diabetes.  Read More >


Posted By Amanda Sheldon | July 12, 2011

Today we have a guest post from Angie Levesque, mother to 5-year-old Isabelle. Nearly four years ago, Angie and her husband Ken were overwhelmed when Isabelle was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Today, Angie shares her family’s story along with some helpful tips she’s learned along the way for other parents of young children with diabetes. Have a tip to add? Tell us in the comments!  Read More >


Posted By Amanda Sheldon | July 5, 2011

I don’t know about you, but I can easily get caught up in an episode of “How It’s Made.” Today we hear from Amy Kellerman, a product specialist on our insulin delivery marketing team, who gives us a peek into the extensive quality testing Medtronic insulin pumps and other products go through to ensure they’re tough enough to make it through the daily lives of customers like you.  Read More >


Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | June 30, 2011

July 4th is a great time to celebrate our nation’s independence with friends and family, outdoor activities and (of course) food. As Americans, this is a holiday where we traditionally love to go big. If you have diabetes, a little restraint and planning might be in order, but there’s no reason you can’t go big on fun. Here are a few tips from our clinical team to help keep you on track.  Read More >


Posted By Amanda Sheldon | June 28, 2011

Meet the inspirational Natalie Strand, winner of the Amazing Race 17. Natalie proved to millions of viewers that diabetes does not have to hold you back from anything! A while back, Natalie gave a great interview to Diabetes Mine about her reality TV experience. Today, she talks to The LOOP about the important role her certified diabetes educator (CDE) plays in her diabetes management.  Read More >


Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | June 23, 2011

Today, meet 19-year-old Ross McDonald. Though diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 12, Ross continues to chase his dream of winning an Olympic Gold Medal. Now a two-time Massachusetts State Champion in the pole vault and a member of the University of Southern California’s track team, Ross credits diabetes for teaching him to face obstacles head-on instead of pushing them aside – a valuable lesson for both on and off the field.  Read More >


Posted By Amanda Sheldon | June 21, 2011

Meet Maggie Hunts — international speaker, comedian, singer, and author. Having lived with diabetes for more than 25 years, Maggie travels the world sharing her experiences and showing others that you can live a happy and healthy life with diabetes. With her sense of humor and openness to tackle just about any subject, Maggie’s first post the The LOOP will answer a question that many of you may have: Will I Look Weird Naked?  Read More >


Posted By Amanda Sheldon | June 2, 2011

Summer is here and it’s time for many of us to hit the road – or air. Before you set out to satisfy your wanderlust, check out our answers to the top five questions we receive about air travel with an insulin pump and/or continuous glucose monitor (CGM).  Read More >


Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | May 26, 2011

Back in November, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) introduced new airport body scanners for passengers. We know that travelling with diabetes can be a bit nerve-wracking for some (just ask Karen Graffeo or Kelly Kunik). So it’s no wonder that, six months later, airport security is still a hot topic coming into our 24-hour Helpline.  Read More >


Posted By Naomi Kingery | May 19, 2011

Over Christmas I went on a trip to India with my family (India is where I was born, grew up, and where I was diagnosed). It was my first trip back in five years and in preparing for it I felt overwhelmed. Not only did I need to find my passport and pack enough hair bows (a necessity, of course), but I had to make sure to have enough infusion sets and test strips ordered.  Read More >


Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | May 10, 2011

Today, we hear from John Berry, a dedicated firefighter from Texas, who doesn’t let his diabetes stand in the way of his life-saving work. John talks to us about his “Ah-Ha” moment where he realized he needed to take better control of his health and some of the tools he now uses to manage his diabetes like temporary basal rates and predictive alerts.  Read More >


Posted By Amanda Sheldon | April 26, 2011

Today we are happy to share Part 2 of Glen Lowe’s story. In Part 1, Glen shared the story of his type 2 diagnosis and the work he is doing with the Health Care Disparities Group. Today in Part 2, Glen tells us about the devastating loss of his brother and serious complications that drove him to make some changes in the way he was managing his diabetes.  Read More >


Posted By Naomi Kingery | April 21, 2011

When you think of the upcoming summer months you may think of ice cold lemonade, sun tanning at the beach, and splashing in the water to cool down. I grew up in India and then Texas, so I'm no stranger to the heat. Now that I live in L.A. I live close to the beach but since I, like many of you, wear an insulin pump that is water-tight (not water-proof), I try to do what I can to protect my pink pump, also known as my best friend.  Read More >


Posted By Amanda Sheldon | April 19, 2011

Today we hear Part 1 of a two-part interview with Glen Lowe, a territory manager in the Neuromodulation business unit of Medtronic who lives with type 2 diabetes. Glen was kind enough to talk with The LOOP about his diagnosis, the work he’s doing with the Health Care Disparities Group and a few pieces of advice to others. We thank Glen very much for taking the time to share with us his personal journey and positive look forward. Stay tuned for Part 2 of his story coming soon.  Read More >


Posted By Naomi Kingery | April 14, 2011

When someone asks what my favorite thing is about my pump, there would be a tie with three answers: less shots, Bolus Wizard, and it’s pink (of course). Why the Bolus Wizard, above all the pump features? Let me explain.  Read More >


Posted By Ali Straub | April 7, 2011

Meet professional golfer and winner of the Golf Channel’s “Big Break” competition, Carling Coffing. From the moment Carling was first diagnosed, she decided that she would never let diabetes get in the way of pursuing her dreams. Today, Carling shares her story.  Read More >


Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | March 31, 2011

Today we’d like to introduce Kristen Call, another Medtronic employee living with diabetes, who initially started her career in the diabetes business unit while on MDI. Now working with Medtronic Navigation in the operating room, Kristen opens up to The LOOP about her personal challenges with treating her diabetes, and how turning 30 motivated her when she needed it most.  Read More >


Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | March 18, 2011

When you work hard and perform well at your job, it’s always nice to get a little recognition from the boss, right? We all know that managing diabetes effectively is no small task. So, when’s the last time someone recognized you for putting in the time and effort to take control of your diabetes?  Read More >


Posted By Amanda Sheldon | March 15, 2011

While all parents struggle when our kids hit the teenage years and we have to start “letting go” a bit, it’s especially hard when your child has diabetes. We asked Karen Biastre to give us her perspective and tips for how her family manages now that her teenage son Nate is looking for a little more freedom. Have any tips to add? Be sure to let us know in the comments!  Read More >


Posted By Amanda Sheldon | March 8, 2011

Last week, you heard from Lane Desborough and his motivation to develop the technology to close the loop, for his son Hayden. So, today, we thought we would bring you a video of 12-year-old Hayden, a great kid who’s not letting his diabetes keep him from doing anything he wants to do.  Read More >


Posted By Amanda Sheldon | March 1, 2011

Today, meet Michael Findling. He’s one of those guys who keeps the Medtronic marketing department fun. He’s also a 7-year pumper and a lifelong outdoor sports guy. Let’s hear his take on taking on the slopes of Southern California with his insulin pump.  Read More >


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