Category: Living With Diabetes

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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The Three Hottest Words in Diabetes: Loop, Looper & Looping

Living With Diabetes, News & Media, Technology

The three hottest words in Type 1 diabetes these days are “loop”, “looper” & “looping”.  These refer to the groundbreaking revolutionary open source software implementation of the Artificial Pancreas, the technological cure of Type 1 diabetes.  Loopers are Type 1s who use the Loop app running on an iPhone to control their insulin pump based […]

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Testimonial: CGM Is A Game Changer

Living With Diabetes, Technology

My name is Tyler Craig, and I am a patient at BC Diabetes. I would like to add my voice to Dr. Elliott’s and his team’s advocacy efforts to have universal coverage for CGM (continuous glucose monitoring) devices. I am grateful that BC Diabetes introduced me to the CGM device as it has been a […]

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CGM Campaign

Living With Diabetes, Patient Care + Research + Clinical Trials

Continuous Glucose Monitoring, known as CGM, allows for the automatic tracking of glucose (sugar) levels for people living with Type 1 Diabetes (TID).  Keeping sugar levels within a safe & healthy target range (5-10 mmol/L) is crucial to prevent the dreaded diabetes complications of loss of consciousness, heart disease & stroke, blindness, kidney failure and […]

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BC Pharmacare to cover SGLT-2 inhibitors and to delist the Lantus brand of insulin glargine U100

Announcements, Living With Diabetes

Yesterday BC Minister of Health Adrian Dix announced Pharmacare coverage of the SGLT-2 inhibitor class represented by empagliflozin (Jardiance). Although BCDiabetes would have preferred that all three SGLT2 inhibitors on the Canadian market be covered, the long overdue announcement was most welcome news. Our readers will be aware of the long-running BCDiabetes advocacy campaign for […]

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See Dr. Elliott interpret reports from Freestyle Libre – Facebook livestream from April 30, 2019

Living With Diabetes

On April 30, Medical Director Dr. Tom Elliott spoke with patients at the BC Diabetes Freestyle Libre Interpretation Class, and livestreamed it on Facebook to share with patients who could not attend. In this video, he explains the basics of blood sugar control, including the effects of diet, exercise, stress, basal and rapid insulin, and […]

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Why you should write your politician about life-saving diabetes treatments

Living With Diabetes

BCDiabetes is actively lobbying with Pharmacare to cover a number of life-saving therapies and devices. At the top of our list is the SGLT2 inhibitor class of medication: see this video made with Diabetes Canada & previous blogs here, here and here. SGLT2 inhibitors are covered in every Canadian province except BC. In the 2019-Feb […]

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Statins for all?

Living With Diabetes, News & Media, Research

On February 1, 2019, the prestigious medical journal the Lancet published a meta-analysis examining potential benefits the statin and class of medication. The article confirmed and extended the powerful evidence for benefit for the use of statins in people with a previous history of heart disease, stroke and for those with diabetes.  It showed that […]

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Health Canada approves insulin pump with partial artificial pancreas capability

Announcements, Living With Diabetes, News & Media

2018-Oct-10 saw Health Canada approve the Medtronic 670G insulin pump, the first of its kind in Canada to support closed-loop functionality for basal insulin.  This innovation, the first step towards an artificial pancreas, is welcome news for every individual with diabetes who is an intensive insulin user (either a pumper or taking multiple daily shots). […]

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Insulin pumps for all intensive insulin users

Announcements, Living With Diabetes, News & Media, Technology

Kudos to the BC NDP government for extending insulin pump coverage to every British Columbian living with diabetes requiring intensive insulin therapy (effectively all those with Type 1 diabetes and those with Type 2 diabetes taking two different kinds of insulin).  On Tuesday the Minister of Health, Adrian Dix (who has Type 1 diabetes himself […]

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