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DexCom and Me Update: Managing Expectations

Today marks the close of Week One wearing the new DexCom STS wireless continuous monitor. I’m still enthusiastic, of course, but I’ve learned a few things, mostly about managing expectations. Or more specifically: Lessons in How CGM Can Help Us Now.
WHAT IT ISN’T:
- a magic wand for transforming your glucose control overnight (obviously, our rational minds know this beforehand, but somehow the vague hope lingers)
- an escape from multiple daily fingersticks. You…

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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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Byetta Exceeding Expectations

Lots of buzz this week about Amylin, makers of Symlin and Byetta injectable blood-glucose stabilizers for Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics respectively.
Actually, the CNN Money correspondent covering Amylin spent a good deal of time sitting right next to me, but since peering over the shoulder of journalists as they’re typing is a faux pas at best, I don’t have the financial scoop. What I can tell you is that the word among conference…

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OmniPoding

Over the weekend I had a chance to meet with Insulet Corp. execs Jeff Smith and Rob Campbell (everyone’s in town, remember?)
We had a long talk about the functionality of their exciting new OmniPod tubeless pump and its current market status. The deal is that the OmniPod is — theoretically — available to patients now, but the company is still building out the infrastructure to actually support users around the country. Unlike other gadgets…

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Pump Without Tubing Coming Soon

This is why I am waiting a while to go on the pump: innovative new products making their way to market.
Rumor has it that Insulet Corp’s new OmniPod dual insulin delivery and BG monitoring system will be announced as available (via perscription) at the upcoming AADE annual diabetic educators’ conference, being held this year in Washington, DC, in mid-August.
The “pod” uses no tubing but rather is attached directly to the skin via a…

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