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Future of Diabetes Treatment

Diabetes care has come a long way in just a few decades—after all, the first insulin pump was introduced in 1963, and fingerprick tests for personal blood glucose monitoring have only been around since the mid-1980s. So what's next? In development: Automating insulin delivery—the artificial pancreas Taking insulin pumping to the next level, an artificial pancreas is being tested that combines a continuous glucose monitor, insulin pump and glucagon pump (should blood glucose go too low), all managed by an app on a smartphone. The goal is to monitor your blood glucose and adjust your insulin throughout...

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The Rewards of Insulin Pump Therapy

You may be amazed at the increase in energy and decrease in mood swings you can experience with insulin pump therapy. Because your body receives frequent, precise doses of insulin, even at night, you can greatly reduce the danger of overnight hypoglycemia—a common problem with conventional injection therapy. And you can prevent exercise-related hypoglycemia by programming the pump to temporarily decrease insulin delivery during physical activity. With an Accu-Chek® insulin pump system, you can sleep late if you feel like it or go out to dinner with friends on the spur of the moment. A pump puts you in control...

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General Questions

Are insulin pumps expensive? The cost of an insulin pump may vary depending on your health coverage, the province in which you live and your eligibility for a variety of government sponsored programs. For help in determining your coverage, call our Accu-Chek® Pump Support Department toll-free at 1-800-688-4578. Besides a pump and insulin, what other supplies does insulin pump therapy require? You'll need infusion sets, cartridges for the insulin, adapters (which connect the cartridge to the infusion set), batteries, battery covers, and blood glucose monitoring...

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Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children or young adults, although it can occur at any age. Roughly 3% of children and adolescents have diabetes. The onset of type 1 diabetes is often sudden and can include the following symptoms: Abnormal thirst and a dry mouth Frequent urination Extreme tiredness/lack of energy Sudden weight loss Slow-healing wounds Recurrent infections Blurred vision Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body’s immune system destroys the beta cells found in the pancreas—...

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Insulin Pumps

Insulin pumps provide insulin to your body 24 hours a day. A basal, or background, rate is delivered automatically based on your total daily insulin requirements. You can also give yourself a bolus insulin dose to cover the food you eat, as well as supplemental doses to correct your blood sugar when it is out of range. Your healthcare professional will help you determine your rates and dosages. Under the care of a healthcare professional, insulin pump users can go to school or work, sleep and even play sports with the pump. At night, it can be clipped to sleepwear, a blanket or tucked under your pillow. Insulin pump...

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Future of Diabetes Treatment

Diabetes care has come a long way in just a few decades—after all, the first insulin pump was introduced in 1963, and fingerprick tests for personal blood glucose monitoring have only been around since the mid-1980s. So what's next? In development: Automating insulin delivery—the artificial pancreas Taking insulin pumping to the next level, an artificial pancreas is being tested that combines a continuous glucose monitor, insulin pump and glucagon pump (should blood glucose go too low), all managed by an app on a smartphone. The goal is to monitor your blood glucose and adjust your insulin throughout...

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Preparing for pregnancy—good reasons to start today

Let's think into the future. Imagine sitting in a rocking chair playing with ten brand-new, tiny toes. That's the image you can remember every time you check your blood glucose, visit your doctor or say no to a glass of wine. And it's absolutely worth it. Not ready for parenthood yet? Here's what you can do now. There are several things you can do to prepare for pregnancy well before you're ready to conceive. Read about it—just not too much. When you understand the risks, you can take steps to reduce them, but it could be overwhelming if you dwell on them. Stay confident knowing...

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5 Tips for gentle blood sampling

Lancing fingers is a vital part of daily diabetes management. In a recent study, up to 35% of the participants stated that pain is the main reason people with diabetes refrain from regular blood glucose testing.1,2One factor contributing to greater pain sensation when lancing the finger is wrong handling of the lancing device. Lancing correctly with Accu-Chek® lancing devices keeps discomfort to a minimum. You can test more comfortably with these five easy steps: Ensure hands are clean and dry. ...

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Parents are pumped up

Because severe hypoglycemia and health risks are down. As any parent of a child with diabetes knows, low blood glucose episodes (hypoglycemia) can be sudden and frightening. The good news: Insulin pump therapy has been shown to significantly decrease severe hypoglycemia in youth. Recent studies showed that adolescents and young children on insulin pump therapy had over 50% fewer episodes.1,2 Today’s children with diabetes also have the opportunity for better blood glucose control than any generation before. A research study reported in Pediatric Diabetes showed that, compared to multiple daily...

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