Category: Living With Diabetes

DTC Approved for all with Type 1 Diabetes

Announcements, Living With Diabetes

There has been some extraordinarily good news for people living with, or caring for others who have Type 1 Diabetes! As of 2022-Jun-24, the Government of Canada CRA will offer a Disability Tax Credit of up to $1289 per year for every person with T1D with no questions asked – indefinitely into the future. Such […]

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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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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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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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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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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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