Category: Living With Diabetes

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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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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