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Think Outside the (Test Strip) Box: DexCom and Me

Thank you all kindly for your tips — and empathy — on my test strip woes. I learned something extremely useful (which may not be news to the savvy long-timers out there) that constitutes quite the paradigm shift for me: you can buy test strips for cheap(er) at places like Costco, eBay and supply websites like DiabetesMall.net without a prescription! So you don’t have to rely on your insurance to cough up coverage for more…

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Who Reads Forecast?

You know, Diabetes Forecast, that slick full-color monthly magazine you get when you become a member of the American Diabetes Association? You read it? Well, read the latest issue, mailed out this week! For me, OK? Because they’ve *finally* gotten around to publishing my article on Continuous Glucose Monitoring! (see page 52 of the August issue; I’ll post the link once it’s up)
How cool is that? Except it was a bit like having a…

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Disappearing Calisto?

A number of you have written to me asking about the Glucoband (next-gen armband non-invasive continuous monitor): did I see the prototype at the ADA Conference? Are they for real? All I can tell you now is Nope, and I Don’t Know, respectively.
Strangely, I could not find a trace of the company (Calisto Medical) at the conference. Their booth was not where it was marked on the Expo floor map (?) I ran around…

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Thou Shalt Not Mess with Me

This is the 11th Commandment, is it not? Especially when you have diabetes and are dropping below 50 fast and just spent your last dime but need something sugary RIGHT NOW. Know what I mean?
On my way home from the ADA Conference last week, I had my first-ever experience of being diabetically unprepared and forced to “rely on the kindness of strangers” — which was not forthcoming. I was so humiliated I swore I’d…

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FDA Clears Intravenous Insulin Dose Calculator

Oooh, here’s one I hadn’t heard of before: EndoTool Glucose Management System, “a solution to the problem of how to effectively and safely control blood glucose for critically ill patients after surgery” — from a company called MD Scientific.
Glucose control for hospitalized patients is apparently notoriously bad, which (as you can imagine) leads to all sorts of problems:
“According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, each year over 2 million…

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