My experience with the new Medtronic 670G insulin pump

After 8 years of continuous use of my Medtronic Paradigm 722, I have replaced it with the new Medtronic 670G. This is the latest insulin pump technology from Medtronic. It provides a hybrid closed loop system that promises better management of blood glucose levels. Below I will detail my experience (both good and bad) using… Continue reading My experience with the new Medtronic 670G insulin pump

Animas Shuts Down its Pump Line

Johnson & Johnson fails type 1 diabetics. I saw this article about Animas on the Insulinnation.com website.  Johnson & Johnson, a broadly based manufacturer of health care products, purchased the Animas corporation in 2006.  It looks like the insulin pump market was not profitable enough for J&J and they decided to sell Animas.  Unfortunately they… Continue reading Animas Shuts Down its Pump Line

I survived hurricane IRMA

I just experienced my very first hurricane right here in Fort Myers. Hurricane IRMA was a real in your face view of the power of mother nature.  My home is about 3 miles north of the Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) in Fort Myers, FL.  The winds here were clocked at over 120 MPH.  My home… Continue reading I survived hurricane IRMA

Diabetes: Type 1 vs Type 2

Diabetes mellitus (the complete name for the disorder) is a condition where glucose is passed out in urine. Diabetes mellitus and my history. When I was diagnosed as diabetic in 1963, you either had juvenile diabetes or adult-onset diabetes.  A juvenile diabetic always needed insulin injections because their autoimmune system had destroyed the insulin producing… Continue reading Diabetes: Type 1 vs Type 2

My experience with Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA)

Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) can kill you. I have experienced diabetic ketoacidosis only once in my life time. You can find many stories about type 1 diabetics who die from ketoacidosis. Fortunately I survived the experience and learned an important lesson. I started taking insulin when I was 11 years old.  I remember being about 14… Continue reading My experience with Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA)