Category: Living With Diabetes

Health Canada approves insulin pump with partial artificial pancreas capability

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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

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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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Patient advocacy works! CRA reverses policy on Disability Tax Credit for Type 1 diabetes

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On Oct 12 BCDiabetes blogged on the CRA Disability Tax Credit as it applied to Type 1 diabetes and how the CRA had moved the goalposts: see Type 1 Diabetes sucks but dont ask the CRA for sympathy. Good news – the CRA has reversed its policy: so it is back to the old rules […]

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Having Type 1 Diabetes sucks but don’t ask the CRA for sympathy

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No one will argue with the statement that having Type 1 diabetes sucks.  If you do a perfect job testing your sugars, adjusting your insulin and following a diet and exercise plan you will be spending a great deal of time, energy and money.   Until recently the Canada Revenue Agency was sympathetic & offered […]

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Living Long & Well with Diabetes

Living With Diabetes

Expectations of longevity change when people are diagnosed with diabetes. This concern is driven by misleading historical statistics suggesting Type 2 diabetes may reduce life expectancy by 5 to 10 years, and Type 1 diabetes by 20 years. The truth is that individuals with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes under good glucose, blood-pressure, and […]

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Compassionate Diabetes Care

Living With Diabetes,Research

At BCDiabetes we are aware that the challenges for individuals living with diabetes are many – that it’s not as simple as eating less, exercising more, testing your blood and taking medication.  Recent research at BCDiabetes has shown that at the time of referral to a diabetes specialist patients exhibit a high level of distress […]

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95 Years of Insulin & Embracing the Tech Era

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Today marks the 95th anniversary of the first use of the word insulin by its Canadian discovers Dr. Frederick Banting and medical student Charles Best.  Four months earlier they had saved the life of 14 year old Leonard Thompson by injecting him with a pancreatic extract (containing insulin) taken from a dog.  A year later Banting […]

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The Feast and Famine diet, a cure for diabetes?

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  Yesterday, (2017-02-23) a study of diabetic mice was published in the journal “Cell” showing that a special “fasting mimicking diet” (FMD) for 4 days every month caused regeneration of pancreatic insulin-secreting beta cells.  As such, in mice at least, this diet has the potential to reverse both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. No […]

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The Dexcom G5: State-of-the-art sensor technology

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Continuous glucose monitors (CGMs) or “sensors” have been around for more than a decade.  With the arrival in Canada last week of the Dexcom G5 everything has changed: the G5 is more accurate than its predecessor the G4 allowing for ever more reliable low and high sugar alarms, it sends results straight to your smartphone […]

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Continuous glucose monitors (sensors)

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Sensors (or continuous glucose monitors) are devices that measure the sugar/glucose in body water (known medically as “interstitial fluid”). A small teflon needle is inserted into the skin and is usually changed every 7-14 days. The needle is connected to a sensor which either automatically sends/pushes the Interstitial fluid glucose level via bluetooth to a […]

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