Category: Technology

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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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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Nightscout: the 2020 Diabetes Revolution

Patient Care + Research + Clinical Trials, Technology

In 2018 with the arrival in Canada of continuous glucose monitors (CGM) a diabetes revolution began.  CGM meant no more finger pricking, no fear of going low overnight; vastly improved glucose control and a future without the dreaded long-term complications of diabetes. The revolution continued in early 2020 with the artificial pancreas being made possible […]

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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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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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95 Years of Insulin & Embracing the Tech Era

Announcements, Living With Diabetes, News & Media, Research, Technology

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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Anti-ageing protein injection

Announcements, News & Media, Research, Technology

No, this is not an advertisement for a skin or beauty product. A study published last week in Cell demonstrated that injections of a special fOXO4 peptide rejuvenated old mice – it restored their stamina, thickened their fur coat and improved kidney function.  Human studies are being planned.  This is intriguing stuff and may be […]

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