On Wednesday last week, I got a phone call from a representative who works for the Insulet Group, founders of the OmniPod insulin pump. At the moment, I currently use Rite Aid as my primary pharmacy and pick up prescriptions on a monthly (if not more) basis. This instructional video shows you how to set up a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) called Dexcom. I have always been good to watch out for the sweets since I was diagnosed… even refused to eat my own birthday cake one year because of all the sugar! But why is it that around Christmas time this year that I am having a prolonged high blood sugar? Shortly afterwards, I received the alarming and continuous BEEEEEEEEEEEEP from my OmniPod Insulin Pump. When I was doing some research into tattoos used for medical reasons,  I was very surprised at how little people have medical ID bracelets tattoos! Just the other day, I was inside a pharmacy and the lady sitting beside me asked if I had a medical bracelet on my arm. It was easy for me to say, “I’m sorry for your loss” to a lady I just met and knew nothing about… But in many ways, I can relate.
It was easy for me to have a simple conversation with the older lady in the pharmacy about diabetes and how if effects the body. Funds raised to find a cure for diabetes are not only used to find a cure; they are also used to improve the lives of those suffering for diabetes.
After attending a JDRF meaning last week, I discovered that research is currently being done to create a real artificial pancreas, using machines many type 1 diabetics already use.
Currently, people on an insulin pump and CGM have to manually monitor their sugar levels and make a decision on how much insulin they need to receive before eating.
All I hope to get across, to others who aren’t diabetic, that they can understand the difference between someone who is having a low blood sugar, and someone having a high blood sugar level. Very shortly I will be going on a 3 week trip through Europe… which I am very excited about! Omnipod is very good about sending supplies to a different address or location within the United States, but I don’t know how it would work overseas.
I met a girl in this diabetes group last night who said she was excited to see that I had signed up for her meet-up group.
So at this meeting, I was able to meet and converse with many girls my own age, with similar interests and all of us sharing the life of a diabetic.
Altogether as a group we spoke about how little JDRF does to keep us young ladies (aged 24-32) interested in them as an organization.
The support group helped all of us vent about the problems we individually face with diabetes, and helped us to come to an understanding that we are not in it alone. I can still need donations… and I thought having everything posted on a website and facebook would make it work. Islet cell transplantation places cells from an organ donor into the body of another person.
The pancreas is an organ about the size of a hand located in the abdomen in the vicinity of the stomach, intestines, and other organs. Diabetes develops when the body doesn't make enough insulin, cannot use insulin properly, or both, causing glucose to build up in the blood.
Type 1 diabetes results from the body's failure to produce insulin, the hormone that "unlocks" the cells of the body, allowing glucose to enter and fuel them.
Because of this, long-term type 1 diabetic survivors often develop vascular complications, such as diabetic retinopathy, an eye disease that can cause poor vision and blindness, and diabetic nephropathy, a kidney disease that can lead to kidney failure. Those who are able to keep their blood glucose levels near normal often have trouble with low blood glucose (hypoglycemia). Hypoglycemia unawareness is a life-threatening condition that is not easily treatable with medication and is characterized by reduced or absent warning signals for hypoglycemia. Some Type 1 diabetic patients have been known to set their alarms to wake them several times a night out of fear they may have a catastrophic hypoglycemic episode while asleep. Researchers use specialized enzymes to remove islets from the pancreas of a deceased donor. Transplants are often performed by a radiologist, who uses x rays and ultrasound to guide placement of a catheter-a small plastic tube-through the upper abdomen and into the portal vein of the liver. The goal of islet transplantation is to infuse enough islets to control the blood glucose level without insulin injections.
Most people need two infusions at different times to get enough islets that are working, and some need three. As with any organ transplant, the recipient of an islet transplant must take drugs every day to keep the body from rejecting the islets.  The immune system is programmed to destroy bacteria, viruses, and tissue it recognizes as "foreign," including transplanted islets.
The Edmonton protocol introduced the use of a new combination of immunosuppressive drugs, also called anti-rejection drugs, including daclizumab (Zenapax), sirolimus (Rapamune), and tacrolimus (Prograf). These drugs have significant side effects and their long-term effects are still not fully known.
Researchers continue to develop and study modifications to the Edmonton protocol drug regimen, including the use of new drugs and new combinations of drugs designed to help reduce destruction of transplanted islets and promote their successful implantation.
Researchers are also trying to find new approaches that will allow successful transplantation without the use of immunosuppressive drugs.
However, researchers are pursuing various approaches to solve this problem, such as transplanting islets from a single donated pancreas, from a portion of the pancreas of a living donor, or from pigs. There are endless diets that compete and claim to be the perfect choice for diabetic patients, but the truth remains that there is no fixed or ‘perfect’ diet for diabetes.
If you are diabetic, the crucial thing to know is the Glycemic Index, which is an index that ranks different foods on how they affect and impact the blood sugar levels.
The Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes plan, or TLC as commonly known, is advised to patients who have diabetes with high levels of cholesterol. Diabetic patients should stick to the plan of six to eight meals a day, which means no meal is a complete one.
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Free diabetic log sheets – type 2 diabetes guide, If you have type 2 diabetes, you know the importance of monitoring and keeping track of your blood glucose levels. Nice printable daily food log – american diabetes association, Nice printable daily food log.
Gone are the days of strict diets, forbidden foods, and trips down the sugar-free food aisle.
Take a good hard look at your plates — the foods you choose and the portions you eat. They said that with new regulations and guidelines for 2013, they are offering a mail service for supplies (eg. The people at my store are really nice and know me by name (mainly because I’ve had to fight with my insurance company on a number of times).
He said that my insurance company already knows my situation, and getting FreeStyle test strips would not be a problem in 2013.
I told him he needed to rush it and do it that day because I was already on my last vial and I rather avoid going to Rite Aid to get my script. I am getting extremely worried now, firstly because I don’t actually know if they received the prescription from my doctor, I don’t know if my test strips are in the mail, and I am dwindling down to my last 10 strips for the month!
At the end of the video, you will see how the CGM shows a diabetic where their sugars have been over the last 3 hours.
Yeah, my mom yelled at me later to just eat it without the icing, and I was surprised to see that my blood sugar level didnt skyrocket!
Personally, I thought it was a very cleaver idea, hence the reason why I wanted to tattoo it. I responded, “Yes” and showed her the inner part where it reads “Type 1 Diabetic.” She then showed me the gold bracelet on her wrist and told me a little bit of her medical problems. The reason I support the organization is simply because I would like to one day find a cure for diabetes, and make the lives of others like myself much easier.  What exactly does JDRF do with all the money they raise each year if a cure still hasn’t been found? Recently I got onto a CGM, or continuous glucose monitor, which is a device that graphs my blood sugar levels. These keep my blood sugar levels on track, but they should be able to communicate with one another. They are trying to create an interface link, between the insulin pump and the CGM, to automatically regulate blood sugar levels.
Medtronic Inc recently filed an application with the FDA looking for approval of a new device, linking the insulin pump to the CGM with some new features. Not quite yet, but soon, they will be conducting trial studies of the new interface.  I offered to volunteer, and hope to be accepted.
Times like these make it easier for others who aren’t diabetics to understand how hard it is to keep sugar levels within a normal range, all the time!!

I am very blessed to be surrounded by people who understand the difference, know what range I am supposed to be in, and understand  how to treat me, in case anything where to ever go wrong.
I change it quite a bit, every three days, and the whole thing is connected together to my body (no tubes or insertion points!) There is one main issue with that… if I accidentally rip it off or if the insertion begins to hurt, I have to change it and the site itself and I’m down a pod! On top of that, I will be on a cruise ship boat going around Italy for a week, so they obviously couldn’t send it to me there. The Omnipod is quite large and cannot just be taken off at any point in time (like I already said, 3 days). But, that is also usually shortly after they discover I am a diabetic, or if they were asking about my insulin pump, that I show them.
The day before I leave, I have to make sure there isn’t access of air in my insulin bottles, because the air on the airplane is different then on the ground. We were all able to talk about how old we were when being diagnosed (I was 9) and how many years we’ve been dealing with it (it currently been 14 years). Obviously all of us are type 1 diabetics, and at one point in time, we were all diagnosed as Juvenile diabetics. I too came to that understanding, and now will continue to pass my thoughts and feelings along to all the blog readers out there! I am just asking for a simple donation to help find a cure for diabetes and to help individuals suffering like myself. It is an autoimmune disease in which the body views the beta cells (insulin producing cells found in the islets of the pancreas) as a foreign substance, so the patient's immune system attacks the islets and kills them. And after many years, some people lose the early symptoms that warn them that their blood glucose level is dropping.
For such individuals, transplantation of pancreatic islets is a viable treatment option to consider. However, full islet function and new blood vessel growth associated with the islets take time.
Other benefits may include improved glucose control and prevention of potentially dangerous episodes of hypoglycemia.
So, even if islet transplantation is found to be effective, currently, there are not enough donor pancreases available to treat everyone with type 1 diabetes. In addition, the autoimmune response that destroyed transplant recipients' own islets in the first place can recur and attack the transplanted islets. Immediate side effects of immunosuppressive drugs may include mouth sores and gastrointestinal problems, such as stomach upset and diarrhea.
These therapies may help transplant recipients achieve better function and durability of transplanted islets with fewer side effects. For example, one study is testing the transplantation of islets that are encapsulated with a special coating designed to prevent rejection. Although organs from about 7,000 deceased donors become available each year in the United States, fewer than half of the donated pancreases are suitable for whole organ pancreas transplantation or for harvesting of islets-enough for only a small percentage of those with type 1 diabetes. Researchers have transplanted pig islets into other animals, including monkeys, by encapsulating the islets or by using drugs to prevent rejection. So, the foods the foods that rank high on the index are more likely to affect the sugar levels than those that are ranked low. Avoid following and cutting carbohydrates blindly from the diet, but take the route of colored foods. Essentially, you have to avoid too much of dieting and have ample fiber to get the bowel movement right. The aim of the TLC plan is to lose weight, become active and have diet that aims at lowering cholesterol. Eating in small portions and snacking on healthy fruits is advisable, while one must avoid skipping meals for the benefit of losing weight faster. According to American Diabetes Association nutrition recommendations: To eat well with diabetes simply means applying the basic principles of healthful eating. At the beginning of last year, my insurance company decided they were no longer going to cover my FreeStyle test strips. They told me to use a One Touch meter, and they would cover the strips for them. He called me back a few hours later, and said I would be pleasantly pleased with what he had to say.
I’ve already called Insulet to see if they have sent them out, but being the weekend, they are currently closed.
This morning I awoke and ran to the bathroom, the classic and most common symptom of having high blood sugar. I’m sure there are people out there against getting tattoos, or accepting them in general, but I am open minded. I am not scared to speak up about my diabetes, talk about how it affects me and have others share their experience with me. At first he took pills, but after a while he had to go on insulin, and lost his job as a truck driver. I am glad she noticed my wrist and asked about it; it made me more at peace with myself to learn a little bit about her nephew, and made me understand even more how important it is to control sugar levels. The CGM also makes me aware of which direction my sugar levels are headed, and how fast they are moving.
I don’t have to have wires hanging off the side of my body, and I don’t have to worry about taking any long lasting insulin either. This also means that diabetics would have little or no finger pricking, and their insulin pump would determine how much insulin they need throughout the day.
As a safety feature, a different interface would also shut off when sugar levels drop quickly or get too low.
I was simply impressed to see how their technology advancements have shifted, and to see that all the money raised to JDRF is helping to improve my life, and so many more! This morning I was 34 when I woke up, and obviously that’s REALLY BAD, especially because I was half asleep when I was testing myself.
Luckily I’ll be traveling with family who all know about my diabetes and how to treat it in case something is a tad bit off. Being away for so long, I will need to calculate exactly how many pods I will need to bring with me, and hopefully I have enough in this month’s supply to last me until the middle of July! I wont be staying in one location for a long period of time either, so extra supplies is the plan!! I was chatting with one of the ladies who is also currently on the OmniPod pump, like myself. JDRF, which stands for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, has recently decided to change their name. I guess with all the stuff going on lately, nobody has an extra money to help out a poor girl like myself. The pancreas produce juices that help digest food and hormones such as insulin and glucagon that maintain optimal blood sugar levels and help the body to use and store energy from food. It is often associated with long-term complications that can affect every system and part of the body.
It is estimated that 5-10% of Americans who are diagnosed with diabetes have type 1 diabetes. Typically a patient receives at least 10,000 islet "equivalents" per kilogram of body weight, extracted from two donor pancreases. The doctor will order many tests to check blood glucose levels after the transplant, and insulin is usually given until the islets are fully functional.
Because good control of blood glucose can slow or prevent the progression of complications associated with diabetes, such as heart disease, kidney disease, and nerve or eye damage, a successful transplant may reduce the risk of these complications.
Some people who received an islet transplant have had to stop taking these medications, because of side effects and then their new islets stopped working. Sirolimus and tacrolimus, the two main drugs that keep the immune system from destroying the transplanted islets, must be taken for life or for as long as the islets continue to function. Patients may also have increased blood cholesterol levels, hypertension, anemia, fatigue, decreased white blood cell counts, decreased kidney function, and increased susceptibility to bacterial and viral infections.
The ultimate goal is to achieve immune tolerance of the transplanted islets, where the patient's immune system no longer recognizes the islets as foreign. As compared to protein and fats, carbohydrates have more effects on the blood sugar levels, although there is a need to check on everything when it comes to the diet. Usually, doctors give their patients the list of things and foods to avoid, and when you don’t have one, check for the same online.
Change the color of your food by choosing between meat, fruits, veggies, nuts, beans and other protein.
The fiber for the body comes from whole foods, starting from the veggies, beans, to nuts and whole grains. The fat count should be limited to 25%-35% of the total calorie count and reducing calories from saturated fats.

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I was very excited to hear that they could possibly save me some money by doing mail orders, so I told them to sign me up! Well — since I am on OmniPod, and my testing meter is wireless with my insulin pump, it was not possible to switch to a One Touch meter. Even looking at food is making me nauseous, but I am glad the occusion happened before I left for the day.
She thought we were all the same and decided to tell me the whole life story of her (also older) nephew. From what I saw, he managed diabetes well, but his other worsening health factors also affected him more then he knew.
I tend to have lows in the morning, shortly after waking up becauseof the continuous insulin I receive throughout the night… but my CGM usually alarms me of lows. The idea of the artificial pancreas is a combination of two state-of-the-art technologies in diabetes management: the continuous glucose monitor, which measures blood sugar regularly, and the insulin pump, which can be programmed by its user to deliver a predetermined amount of insulin.
The device is already approved in more than 50 countries, but if approved in the United States, it would pave the way for so many more tools to manage type 1 diabetes. Unfortunately, in the United States there are a lot more rules and regulations that we need to abide by. Luckily, my boyfriend knew exactly what to do in situations like that when I have hypoglycemia, and he knows when my sugar levels are low when im still sleeping.
Traveling as a person with diabetes can be intimidating, but it can be done with a little extra planning.
Many other bloggers suggest removing an insulin pump when going through the scanners at the airport. I am going to pack an entire month’s supply of medications just in case I get stuck in Europe an extra week or so. It’s also very annoying to have people stare at it, as if I have a tracking device attached to me or something. Maybe its just my personality in general, but I am glad I can express myself, and show off medical advancements made for people like me. People actually do read quite a bit of articles online, do their research about others with diabetes and are interested to hear what I think about my life with diabetes. I never recall seeing her name before (even though I am really bad at it), I never remember reading her articles or seeing her photos. She was complaining about the spots where she puts her pods, and being worried about other people seeing it. The numbers of diabetics, like me and the others in our group, have gotten older and their entire lives have changed. Diabetes can contribute to eye disorders and blindness, heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, amputation, and nerve damage. Most people with type 1 diabetes do not have a family history of the disease and there  is no way currently to prevent the onset of type1 diabetes.
Researchers hope that islet transplantation will help people with type 1 diabetes live without daily injections of insulin. In some cases, a surgeon may perform the transplant through a small incision, using general anesthesia.
If achieved, immune tolerance would allow patients to maintain transplanted islets without long-term immunosuppression.
Ideally, if you have been diagnosed with diabetes, the first thing to do is to consult a doctor and dietician to plan the food choices. Not to forget, check and monitor your sugar level regularly to see the effects of food changes. Diabetic diet is never same for everyone because there are elements like sex, age, history, activity levels, physical fitness and other factors that determine what you should eat.
One more thing to note is effect of fiber rich diet on type 2 diabetic patients, which has been on the positive side. The diet also calls for 20-30 grams of fiber, while protein consists of 15%-20% of calories each day.
While eating right is important, you don’t have to give up sweets entirely or resign yourself to a lifetime of bland “health food”.
Experts say that losing just 5% to 10% of your total weight can help you lower your blood sugar considerably, as well as lower your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Get and keep your blood sugar, cholesterol, and blood pressure in the healthy target zones.
Based on your ratings, set a few goals to tweak your eating habits and choose easy-to-conquer goals first. Of course we went back and forth, but eventually they agreed to cover my FreeStyle strips as long as they got a letter from my endocrinologist about my particular situation.
In a way, I have created my own “artificial pancreas” by using all these devices, but my blood sugar levels still remain in the back of my mind constantly. Diabetics will hopefully have a lot less to worry about, and can relax more on a regular basis. When I have low blood sugars, I seem to be a lot less likely to feel it, which obviously can cause big issues. In my case that is impossible, but luckily my insulin pump does not cause the airport scanner to go off. Lucky if I get thrown into a pool, or slip and fall, I wont have to worry about my machine becoming broken. That includes but is not limited to my insulin pump pods, my test strips, insulin, lancets, syringes, alcohol swabs, and of course lots of extra glucose tablets.
I told her how I have become accustomed to it, and how I really don’t care if people see it anymore!
Yes I am a juvenile diabetic, but that’s just a part of my life and they way in which they label it, makes me feel as though I am a child. Since then, I’ve had numerous instances where my blood sugar levels were not where they are supposed to be. If you missed it, don’t worry, I will keep you posted about the next walk in Westchester County in October!
With these tips, you can still enjoy your favorite foods and take pleasure from your meals without feeling hungry or deprived.
If I was to get 250 strips like I actually need, I would be paying around $170 for only one extra vial! Should I spend the extra money to know I have strips, or to try to save some money by waiting and testing less for the next few days? He had lost 2 toes, severe kidney damage and was on dialysis because he hadn’t managed it well. Late one night, my aunt called me to tell him his eyes were rolled in the back of his head, and she didn’t know how to check his sugar level! JDRF as a national organization needs to become more aware that children do grow up, do become adults and move on with their lives. I am not scared to tell the world what I go through on a daily basis, because it makes them more aware of what I do deal with daily. Once, my dad even had to check my sugar by grabbing my toe, instead of my finger, because I was laying in bed on my stomach with my hands under my chest, and refusing to let him test me. She told me she places it on her leg if she’s wearing a form fitting dress, which I’ve never done. Next thing I knew, my “Uncle Bill” or as we called him “UB” was in a coma sitting in the hospital because his sugars had been elevated for so long. I never do recall what I did or anything said during that time frame, which scares me the most! I feel like we both learned a little bit from each other about how we both live differently, yet very similar with our OmniPod insulin pumps.

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  1. 20.08.2015 at 19:53:48

    Still need to be screened for diabetes and it's often discovered accidentally.

    Author: crazy_girl
  2. 20.08.2015 at 10:15:22

    Each with their own lancets and testing strips, so talk to your hypoglycemia with demonstrably.

    Author: ToMeKK
  3. 20.08.2015 at 19:20:58

    But stopped to depend on diet and exercise for are collected in Fluoride?tubes (ie diet as blood sugars.

    Author: LOVE_BAKU
  4. 20.08.2015 at 16:44:21

    Dose of 1 to 2 mL/kg/dose is used you consume in your diet is either used or stored, certain conditions for improving.

    Author: Aftaritetka