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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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Loop Installation @ BC Diabetes

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 (using the Master branch with Autobolus option = “Pete’s).  Although this system is not Health Canada approved, it is our default recommendation.  This is because currently […]

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Eligible: How To Get Your COVID-19 Vaccine

News & Media, Patient Care + Research + Clinical Trials

Dr. Elliott and the entire staff at BC Diabetes are delighted to report that COVID-19 vaccines are being made available to all British Columbians who are taking insulin. On Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021, the Government of British Columbia put out a statement saying that people who were “clinically extremely vulnerable” were now eligible to receive […]

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PharmaCare Covered: Ozempic (Semaglutide) by Novo Nordisk

Announcements, Living With Diabetes, News & Media

Big news today for the 200,000 British Columbians living with Type 2 diabetes who are overweight or who have a history of heart attack or stroke.  Today BC Pharmacare announced coverage of semaglutide (“Ozempic”), a once-a-week shot, for individuals living with Type 2 diabetes on oral medication alone (metformin & glyburide) or on insulin plus […]

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