Report Card Time, and Diabetes Video Stuff

School is out today, and my kids have aced the 2nd and 4th grades. The little one is ready as she’ll ever be for kindergarten this Fall (wow, my baby!) And the pride and start-of-summer euphoria extends to myself as well today. I went to see my endo a few days ago, and here’s my report card:
A1c – 5.9 (!!) That’s literally as low as I’ve been since immediate post-diagnosis — and that was…

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CGM: Waiting for Godot

More thoughts on continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) here: Like you, I anxiously await the mainstreaming of this utopia of diabetes management.
It’s great to see progress, like European approval of Abbott’s much-hailed Navigator system, and FDA approval of a seven-day-wear version for DexCom. (The company will host an open conference call to discuss the new product on Monday, June 11, at 1:30pm Pacific.)
As noted yesterday, however, I believe the benefits of CGM aren’t quite…

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Abbott Navigator Approved in Europe!

It seems like we’ve been waiting a very long time for a step forward on Abbott Diabetes’ promising new CGM system, the Navigator. Well, there’s good news today for our diabetic kin in Europe: the Navigator has received “CE Mark” approval, the equivalent of FDA approval for use in adults across Europe.
(Geez, I’m going to be there next week! Maybe I can snake me one… if I only knew how to say “endocrinologist” in…

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Spam Update and the Contest for Healthcare Entrepreneurs (!)

A few announcements today:
First, I’ve been hit by a generous helping of comment spam, forcing me to switch on my “moderate comments” filter. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. If your comment is legitimate, rest assured it will be posted, it just may take a little longer than back in the day when I could just leave comments open without screening everybody. *Sigh*
btw, for those of you who’ve been writing to me…

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When Things Get Ugly

It saddens and upsets me to have to write this. But I have to write this. Despite our community’s outrage over the Doug Burns’ hypoglycemia case, there are times when the lines between “medical condition” and wrongdoing are not so clear…
Two local diabetic drivers here in the San Francisco Bay Area were recently involved in separate car accidents in which people were killed. Both drivers were experiencing insulin shock at the time.

Both drivers…

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