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The Loop Study | Results + Analysis

Living With Diabetes, News & Media, Patient Care + Research + Clinical Trials, Technology

At long last, we’ve put together the BC Diabetes Loop (Artificial Pancreas) Study and we’re pleased to share the results and analysis. Over the last 2 years, BC Diabetes has been leading the pack when it comes to using technology in the treatment of diabetes.  Our Medical Director, Dr. Tom Elliott, is an early adopter, […]

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PETITION: Remove the Pharmacare Deductible for Diabetes Drugs & Devices

Announcements, Living With Diabetes, News & Media

Petition calling on the BC Ministry of Health, Division of Pharmacare to: Remove the Pharmacare Deductible for Diabetes Drugs & Devices CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION AT CHANGE.ORG To: BC Ministry of Health, Division of Pharmacare Re: drugs & devices subject to Pharmacare deductible The undersigned request that the following life-sustaining drugs & devices […]

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Advocacy Works: Rapid Insulin Approved by PharmaCare

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From Dr. Elliott: One week ago BC Pharmacare announced coverage of two biosimilar rapid insulins, considered by BCDiabetes to be functionally & clinically identical to the original branded insulins, both manufactured by Sanofi.  See the link above for the fineprint dates of coverage etc. insulin lispro “Admelog”, available in vials, cartridges & disposable pens original […]

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Setting Up Loop

Living With Diabetes, Patient Care + Research + Clinical Trials, Technology

The Artificial Pancreas (automated insulin delivery, AID) is here and we are not waiting! On 2020-Aug-1 BCDiabetes began doing in-house installations of the Omnipod Eros-Dexcom G6-Riley link Loop system.  Although this system is not Health Canada approved, it is our default recommendation.  This is because it is a mature technology, gives excellent glycemic control & […]

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CGM Competition: Medtronic Announces 66% CGM Price Cut

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A Message from Dr. Elliott: Pharmacare’s massive decision to cover the Dexcom G6 CGM has had a tectonic effect, felt across the province and beyond.  BCDiabetes estimates that up to 80,000 British Columbians are now eligible for this life-changing technology.  It has had one unexpected effect, at least to your correspondent – suddenly putting price-pressure […]

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BC is the Best Place in the World to Have Diabetes*

Living With Diabetes, Patient Care + Research + Clinical Trials, Technology

A message from Dr. Elliott: Nobody would ever choose to have diabetes, but if you had to choose the best place in the world to live with Type 1 diabetes you might well choose British Columbia.  So wrote Dr. Ben Mammon in an email to me late Friday night, the same day BC’s Minister of […]

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CGM Coverage: Advocacy Pays Off

Announcements, Living With Diabetes, News & Media, Patient Care + Research + Clinical Trials, Technology

A Message From Dr. Elliott: I’m writing to share the momentous news that earlier today BC Pharmacare announced coverage of continuous glucose monitors, otherwise known as CGM. BC will thus join the Yukon territory, Quebec and Saskatchewan.  I trust that the other provinces & territories will quickly follow suit so that all Canadians can benefit […]

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Are You Getting This Big Diabetes Tax Credit?

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CRA Disability Tax Credit for Diabetes (DTC) The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) offers a non-refundable disability tax credit (DTC) of up to $1289 (in 2021) to individuals living with diabetes. Historically the conditions were extraordinarily stringent – based on the advocacy of the JDRF and other groups these conditions were relaxed in the Federal Budget […]

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Type 2 Diabetes

Living With Diabetes

Introduction  Diabetes is a condition, not a disease. Like any condition it has to be managed, and if managed well diabetes will not significantly reduce life expectancy, increase your risk of heart disease and stroke & will not damage your kidneys, your eyes or your nerves.  Optimal diabetes control requires a partnership between BC Diabetes […]

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Intermittent Fasting in Diabetes

Food & Nutrition, Living With Diabetes

For those living with Type 2 diabetes the benefits of reducing calories in the diet, weight loss and lower blood sugar, are well known.  While controlling diet is important, strict low-calorie diets can be difficult to maintain for long periods of time. Simply reducing calories may also not be the most effective way to lose […]

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