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POLI Diabetes

The other day I read a blog post about POLI, an acronym I’d never heard. In fact, it’s a diabetes management practice I had never heard of. It stands for Pumper On Long-acting Insulin. I’d heard of using a pump for … Continue reading

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Diabetes-related Ketoacidosis

Our bodies must have energy to survive. Typically we burn glucose to make energy, but when glucose is not available, or when the body cannot burn glucose for any reason, fat is the back-up fuel. And ketones are a by-product … Continue reading

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Insulin Pen vs. Vial and Syringe

I still draw insulin from a vial into a syringe. I’ve written before about why I’m not using an insulin pump. Although I do think pumps are amazing, they aren’t for everyone and that’s ok. We actually have a third … Continue reading

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Quality of Life and Diabetes

Quality of life is pretty important to me, and hopefully that’s an obvious statement. I just read an article about severe hypoglycemia (low blood glucose) and it’s effect on quality of life in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. … Continue reading

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Diabetes Supplies

Once you have diabetes you become a pack mule. I recently got a call from a patient who learned this lesson the hard way. She was 2000-plus miles away from home when her pump stopped working. Another pump was shipped … Continue reading

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Pump-worthy

I probably should not have made it sound so easy to get on an insulin pump. For many people (and for a variety of reasons) it is not. Sometimes it’s a provider issue. Many providers have it in their heads … Continue reading

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To pump or not to pump – that is a choice

I love insulin pumps. I frequently say they are the best way to mimic a functioning pancreas (for those without a functioning pancreas)*. Currently, I am not on a pump. I went on a pump in 1996 because my friend … Continue reading

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