Finding new and innovative ways to log our diabetes info is all the rage these days. While some companies are manufacturing new gadgets to help us log and track blood sugar readings, medication doses, carb counts and more, many new apps have been created by PWDs (people with diabetes) who live with the overflow of numbers everyday. In fact, these awesome D-entrepreneurs were the inspiration for our recurring Small But Mighty series on grassroots solutions…Read more »
When you live day-in and day-out with diabetes, you often find clever, MacGyver-like workarounds to everyday problems — like using toupee glue to keep a CGM sensor stuck on your arm. Or using a pump reservoir as an insulin source to siphon the stuff off and then inject it with a syringe. Or a D-Mom’s use of one son’s pump to give a bolus-through-priming to another son who doesn’t have his connected. Or using a…Read more »
Pump site rotation has long been an issue for me, and it’s a common one for many PWDs (people with diabetes) that can cause all kinds of craziness when it comes to scar tissue, insulin absorption, and erratic blood sugar levels.
A pumper for 11+ years now (not counting my current pump hiatus), I’ve tried a variety of options — keeping notes of site rotation in my logbook, on a whiteboard calendar, sticky pad notes…Read more »
Despite having 10-12 hypos per month, Scott Bissinger had a problem remembering to carry fast-acting glucose with him. The reason? Lack of what he calls “the portability of glucose.” He knew there had to be a better way, and his proposed solution to the problem won him second place (and $10,000!) in a business venture competition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a senior majoring in Business Administration with…Read more »
I met Julie DeFruscio years ago — her daughter, Nikki, and I were actually JDRF Children’s Congress delegates the same year — and I’m excited to feature her as our latest diabetes entrepreneur! Our Small But Mighty series showcases small “homegrown” companies focused on making living with diabetes a little easier. Julie lives in Upstate New York with her husband and three kids (Adam, Patrick and Nikki), who all three have type 1 diabetes.