AskNadia: Why Medicare Covers Some Insulin Pumps

I was thinking about getting an insulin pump, but I am worried that Medicare will not cover it. Why does Medicare cover insulin pumps for some people and not for others? Barbara Florida Dear Barbara, Insulin pumps are covered under Medicare if you meet their insulin pump management criteria, insulin antibody test or C-Peptide test. If you are thinking about getting an insulin pump, this

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Great News for Insulin Pumpers

A study that followed 18,168 people with type 1 diabetes has good news for insulin pumpers. After observing this group for 6.8 years, it was found that people on insulin pumps; cut their cardiovascular risk factor by 50%, compared to the type’1’s that use multiple injections. Additionally, this group tends to smoke less, are more educated, exercise more and have lower blood pressure. The Sweedish

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Insulin Injection Port Reaches U.S. Market

Medtronic, Inc. has introduced the i-port Advance®, an FDA-cleared injection port device for people with diabetes, to the U.S. market. About the size of a quarter, the injection port attaches to the skin like a bandage and allows users to receive insulin injections repeatedly in the same spot for up to three days. The port’s advantage to users is that it does not require repeated

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Life With Type 2: The Desire for Control Has to Make Sense

By Patrick Totty For several years now I’ve been following the controversy surrounding a lawsuit by California parents to force public school districts to allow people who aren’t nurses or doctors to be able to give insulin shots to diabetic children. (The California Supreme Court recently ruled that non-nurses can now give such injections. You can find background information here and here.) The official stance

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Court Rules CA Schools Can Give Insulin Without Licensed Nurses

The California Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that trained school employees, as well as licensed nurses, can administer insulin injections to students in the state’s public schools. The decision settles a lawsuit brought against the state in 2005, which among other things contended that the shortage of licensed nurses often led to crucial delays in administering insulin, disrupting family life when parents had to leave

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Stem Cell Research Points Way to Possible Type 1 Cure

Australian researchers have released a study on stem cells that potentially could lead to type 1s being able to make their own insulin, erasing the need for regular injections. Dr. Ilia Banakh and Professor Len Harrison from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne report that they not only devised a way to identify and isolate stem cells from the adult pancreas, but also

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Traveling With My Diabetes

The first time I worried about traveling with diabetes was after the 9/11 tragedy. I had been offered a trip to New York to attend a writer’s conference. I jumped at the chance, looking forward to the conference, sightseeing, shopping, and seeing the musical The Producers on Broadway. Still, I was a little nervous about the flight from Chicago. When your life depends on insulin

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A Day in My Life With Insulin-Dependent Diabetes

What’s it really like to have type 1 diabetes?  Every morning I start the day with a finger prick and two insulin injections.  It doesn’t matter if I don’t feel like it.  It doesn’t matter if I’m tired.  There is simply no room for pre-coffee dosage errors, excuses, or whining.   Some mornings are good and some are bad, based upon my blood glucose reading. Its

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