Life with Diabetes

The Diabetic Partner Follies, Act 3: Hypo “Murder” in New Zealand

Welcome again to The Diabetic Partner Follies, the weekly revue where partners of people with diabetes share the view from their side of the glucose meter. They’re helping us understand that it can be far from easy living with a PWD (person with diabetes). And hopefully, “The Follies” gives them a place to connect and learn from each other, too.Remember that submissions are welcome: no entry too short, sarcastic or insignificant! Email me if you’d…

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Blue Cross/Blue Shield Surprises

I’ve never paid that much attention to Health Plan marketing, until a few days ago when a few surprises from Blue Cross/Blue Shield kind of hit me upside the head.
First, a few mornings ago at the gym (of all places), I caught a TV spot from Blue Cross, urging uninsured folks to sign up for their independent medical coverage — “which will cost you just a few dollars a day — about what you’d…

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Update: MiniMed’s Stand-Alone Guardian CGM Approved by the FDA

Ah, the rumor has panned out! I read just now that Medtronic has indeed secured FDA approval for its stand-alone Guardian RT continuous glucose sensor. This is the sensor/transmitter portion of the MiniMed Paradigm system — the Guardian combined with the company’s 522/722 pump — that has been shipping as a combo unit since June 19.
A few details, per diabetes consultancy Close Concerns:
* This wireless Guardian sensor won’t be available to patients till…

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Rumor Has It…

I’ve had a few quite intriguing anonymous tips in the last few days.
No. 1: The updated, and much upgraded, version of MiniMed’s Guardian RT continuous monitor is possibly approved — or a hair from approval — by the FDA. Apparently version 2.0 is “totally kick-ass,” sporting every feature you can think of and some you probably never would’ve dreamed of. Ready for nationwide roll-out by the end of this year?
If this is true,…

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