Sue Marshall blogs about diabetes for Desang

Diabete-ezy tips from Oz

August 19, 2010
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Another website run by people who live with diabetes who have got up and done something about it. This family has 3 kids and one parent with Type 1. they have their own version of a kitbag, pump belt and record book and some test wipes so you have super clean skin before you test to avoid dodgy readings.


Changes in the Position of Conventional Insulin Pumps Shown to Significantly Impact Accuracy of Insulin Delivery

March 16, 2010
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Insulin pump therapy allows for precise control of delivery for Type 1 diabetics, but daily activities like dressing, sleeping or showering, could make the location of the pump move, and impact the insulin delivery rates, according to new research.

Researchers at Sansum Diabetes Research Institute and University of California, Santa Barbara have concluded that changing the height of a conventional insulin pump in relation to its tubing and infusion set can significantly impact expected insulin delivery rates. Such changes can occur during routine daily activities like dressing, sleeping or showering. The study, “Siphon Effects of Continuous Subcutaneous Insulin Infusion Pump Delivery Performance,” evaluated the siphon or hydrostatic pressure action effects on continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion and was published in the January issue of Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology. (more…)

BBC News – Artificial pancreas hope for children with diabetes

February 15, 2010
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Scientists in Cambridge have shown that an “artificial pancreas” can be used to regulate blood sugar in children with Type 1 diabetes.

A trial found that combining a “real time” sensor measuring glucose levels with a pump that delivers insulin can boost overnight blood sugar control.

The Lancet study showed the device significantly cut the risk of blood sugar levels dropping dangerously low.

Experts said the results were an important “step forward”.

via BBC News – Artificial pancreas hope for children with diabetes.

Insulin Pump Cases .:. Story – Angel Bear

February 2, 2010
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Another super little website founded by someone affected by diabetes and inspired to bring carrycase solutions to the wider diabetes community. “Angel Bear Pump Stuff Inc was formed in 2004, in honor of my four-year-old diabetic granddaughter, Ashley Kate, and her beloved white stuffed polar bear.”

via Insulin Pump Cases .:. Story – Angel Bear.

Become A Consultant for diabetes kitbags

January 25, 2010
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A website in the US called Girl Girl Studios have set up a mini-franchise whereby you can earn some bucks while aiding people with diabetes to make a carrycase that will help them take their diabetes management equuipment around with them — hopefully leading to greater diabetes control

Become A Consultant.

Insulin Pumps Might Have Slight Advantage in Type 1 Diabetes -Diabetes news-

January 20, 2010
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New evidence review suggests that using a pump to deliver insulin continuously — instead of taking three or more daily injections — might result in better control of blood sugar for people with type 1 diabetes.

“The findings of this review tell us that both continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion and multiple injections correct blood glucose levels. However, [continuous infusion] may be better for reducing harmful fluctuations in blood glucose,” said lead author Marie Misso, Ph.D.

Type 1 diabetes — which used to be known as juvenile diabetes — results when the pancreas is not able to secrete enough insulin, causing the levels of glucose (or sugar) in the blood to rise.

Chronically high blood glucose can lead to heart attacks, circulation problems and blindness. Low levels can lead to unconsciousness and even death. Type 1 diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases of childhood.

Most people with the condition control their glucose by injecting themselves with insulin three or more times per day. Others choose to use a pump, which gives continual, smaller doses of insulin without the discomfort of injections.

“There are numerous studies that evaluate these treatments, but most are of poor quality,” said Misso, a research fellow at the Monash Institute of Health Services Research in Clayton, Australia. “So there has been uncertainty about which treatment is best for maintaining consistent levels of blood glucose and reducing harmful fluctuations.”

In the new review, Misso and colleagues analyzed the results of 23 studies that assigned 976 adults and children to one of the two interventions randomly. Researchers looked at measures such as levels of hemoglobin A1c (or HbA1c), a widely used marker for assessing long-term glucose control. They also looked at the incidence of both high and low blood glucose.

The review appears in the latest issue of The Cochrane Library, a publication of the Cochrane Collaboration, an international organization that evaluates medical research. Systematic reviews draw evidence-based conclusions about medical practice after considering both the content and quality of existing medical trials on a topic.

While participants using the insulin pump had significantly lower HbA1c levels than those using multiple daily injections, no differences existed between the two for non-severe low blood glucose levels. However, there appeared to be a reduction in severe incidents of low blood glucose among those using the pump.

via Insulin Pumps Might Have Slight Advantage in Type 1 Diabetes -Diabetes news-.

New Products from Pump Wear

November 18, 2009

I’m always a little amazed at the sheer scope of this site. There’s hundreds of products, for adults and kids. They even do address labels with tags such as ‘diabetes is a family disease’ and ‘insulin is not a cure’. It all helps raise awareness and hopefully raise funding.

New Products.

de Montford University survey helps design new insulin pump for the future

October 21, 2009
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Diabetes is a common condition for which treatments are available but not always optimal. The therapeutic aim, using insulin, tablets, diet and physical activity, is to keep blood glucose within the normal limits. This is because the high glucose levels associated with diabetes may eventually lead to ill health with outcomes such as heart disease, stroke, pain and poor blood supply to lower limbs, kidney disease and blindness, although these problems may take years to emerge. These are the well-known complications of both the common forms of diabetes (types 1 and 2) and can develop even when a person with diabetes does their best to comply with their recommended treatment.

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