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Hi,

I have been using the Bayer Contour Next for a short while and just thought I would share my early thoughts on it before I next try the Bayer Contour Next USB which looks very compact J. I have used the Bayer products for a long time now and always been very happy with the design/technology and support they offer, I tend not to use the software to its full potential but moving forward the Bayer Contour Next USB it will be far easier and my ultimate goal is to get the Medtronic 640G Insulin Pump which works in conjunction with the very New Bayer Contour Next Link products so what this space.

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The Bayer Contour Next now tests the blood sample 7 times before it reports the results.

Below is the Tech from Bayer :

  • 800 test memory – store up to 3 months of your results, which is suitable if you need to maintain a record for the DVLA/DVA+
  • 7, 14, 30, or 90 day averages
  • Reversible screen contrast to best suit individual needs
  • Easy to track your blood glucose pre-meal, post-meal and fasting
  • Set alarms to remind you to test
  • Uses the GLUCOFACTS DELUXE diabetes management software from Bayer, which helps track patterns and trends for more productive conversations during your visits with your healthcare professional

The meter is very easy to use as with most of the Bayer range and has a superb size screen for my personal needs, as always fast results and a huge memory. The Bayer Contour Next comes with a fairly good finger picker but moving forward it would be great to see some more technology from all the Diabetes Companies in relation to getting that frustrating droplet of blood from your finger, possibly like me you text many times per day and it really does take its toll on your fingertips – surely there is another answer out there ?

The only thing for me that lets down many of the BG Meters available to us is the size of the carry case which keeps your meter safe, they tend to be huge so fairly big to pop in your pocket and being a male I don’t fancy carrying a handbag or even manbag around with me lol J
The Bayer Contour Next also has a more in depth software program which I am still getting used to for editing your readings and doesn’t require that you download the Glucofacts software program which is a real plus so you can just plug it into your USB port.

Thanks for reading and I would certainly recommend giving this meter a try.

Uses CONTOUR® NEXT test strips for remarkable accuracy

The CONTOUR® NEXT range of meters all utilise the CONTOUR® NEXT test strip and have demonstrated they deliver exceptional accuracy for results you can rely on, to help you make better diabetes management decisions.

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Available on prescription

  • Tiny sample size with easy Sip-In Sampling® helps you get the right amount of blood on your first try
  • Second-Chance™ sampling allows you to apply more blood if the first sample was insufficient, which helps to avoid the need for repeat finger pricking
  • Innovative Multipulse accuracy technology from Bayer, evaluates a single sample 7 times to ensure accurate glucose measurements, even when blood glucose levels are low. Accuracy is not affected by many common interfering substances*
  • No Coding technology removes the need to manually code the meter before testing, eliminating errors due to miscoding

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So on the news this morning which I am sure you have all seen but it’s going to be 35c – wow what a scorcher.

This heat plays havoc with my BG levels through the day and especially in the evening once I am home from work, last night when I got home from work before dinner I was 7.2 then had dinner but a little less insulin, woke up at 12.15am as it was hot to 3.2.

The most frustrating part of this for me as that this morning I am 12.2 ggggggrrrrrrrr.

I also have another problem as I use an Animas Vibe Insulin Pump which is the easy bit however in the heat I find the cannula can peel off the skin, however I have found something called Tac Wipes which are also available from Animas. Certainly worth asking the question as these work very well.

So trying to keep hydrated and BG levels up as the carbs seem to burn away fast in the heat especially as we are not so used to it.

Stay cool.

Andrew

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Interested in learning how insulin pump therapy can help improve control in Type 1 diabetes?

To learn more come and join us at an Insulin Pump Therapy Awareness event hosted by Medtronic and Bayer in Birmingham at the Birmingham City – Strathallan Hotel, 225 Hagley Road, Edgbaston, B16 9RY on Tuesday 23rd June 2015, 6pm – 9pm

> Book your place today

For People with Type 1 diabetes insulin pump therapy has been proven to offer the following benefits vs. Multiple Daily Injections1-2:

  • Better Control
  • Less hypos
  • More Flexibility

J. C. Pickup and A. J. Sutton Severe hypoglycaemia and glycemic control in Type 1 diabetes: meta-analysis of multiple daily insulin injections compared with continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion Diabetic Medicine 2008 :25, 765–774
Bergenstal RM1, Tamborlane WV, Ahmann A, Buse JB, Dailey G, Davis SN, Joyce C, Perkins BA, Welsh JB, Willi SM, Wood MA; STAR 3 Study Group. Sensor-augmented pump therapy for A1C reduction (STAR 3) study: results from the 6-month continuation phase. Diabetes Care. 2011 Nov;34(11):2403-5. doi: 10.2337/dc11-1248. Epub 2011 Sep 20.

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I was fortunate enough to be invited along by Medtronic to a meeting for patient bloggers.  I have never been to these type of meetings before and was not sure what to expect. I had been told that my name had cropped up when they had researched into where patients (or as we should be called “professionals”) go to find help or information.  Well all I can say is that I am pleased that my mad ramblings help some people out there 🙂

When it came to the day I still did not know what to expect.  When signing in I recognised a lot of the names off the list, and when they came through the door it seemed odd like I had already been apart of their lives yet it was the first time I was meeting everyone (well apart from Paul from GBDOC and Team Blood Glucose and…

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Thanks for sharing this info – wow what a great looking pump. Yes I would love one 🙂

Many thanks
Andrew

http://www.mypump.co.uk

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There has been a lot of buzz recently regarding Medtronic’s new 640G insulin pump. Released to the public in Australia this week, it is the first insulin pump to suspend insulin delivery when it predicts there will be a low blood sugar event (this differs from the 530G model which suspends when a low blood sugar level is reached.)

But a lot of news outlets have been touting it as an “artificial pancreas.” But is it really?

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So again I left my house at about 7.00am this morning to get to Paddington for my yearly Diabetes check up at the Western Eye Hospital in London.

I had an early appointment for was for 8.50am so arrived to quite a few people already waiting and took my seat as usual – yes it was hot.

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The nurse then puts in dilating drops and anaesthetic drops ready for photos plus a scan (not had before) to be taken at the back of the eye for the consultant which sting like hell. Waiting for the drops to start working for about another 20 minutes and I was then called to have the photos took plus a scan of the eye.

I saw a new consultant who as always was very nice plus asked lots of questions especially about my Diabetes care which I think is pretty good, I did have a Sty on my eye which he said would clear but gave me some gel to help speed up the process.

Much to my relief I was given the all clear by the consultant, I did explain that sometimes I do get some light flashing in my left eye but he said that could be pulling on the retina but nothing to worry about.

So all in all a good day for me – I can’t begging to explain what a massive relief it is for a consultant to say my eyes are stable, I also understand that they would never improve similar to my night vision which does get me down sometimes and certainly restricts me in the winter a lot – I am very lucky as my wife Gill is a great support and understands, even the children know I have problems with my sight – blees.

So now I am sitting in a bar having a quick beer to celebrate at The Mad Bishop and Bear Paddington station before my train home.

As always thanks for reading.

Andrew

http://www.mypump.co.uk

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What is the Medtronic Junior Cup Diabetes?

The Medtronic Junior Cup Diabetes is a ‘World Cup’ for children with Type 1 diabetes aged between 10 and 14. Lenny the lion has invited 12 Countries to compete in a 7 aside football tournament to determine which team is the best football side in the world.

The UK team this year are all Insulin Pump users as the aim is to raise the awareness about the benefits that insulin pumps and in particular Sensor Augmented Pump therapy (SAP) can give to young children and teenagers.

When and where will this year’s Junior Cup take place?

The 2014 competition will take place from the 22nd- 24th August in the Sports Centre Papendal in Arnhem, Holland. The Sports Centre Papendal is used by the Dutch National Olympic Committee, Netherlands Sports Federation and is the training complex for the Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem.

How can you support the UK team at this year’s Medtronic Junior Cup Diabetes 2014?

Please show your support for the 11 boys and girls players and help us to raise the awareness about Pump therapy amongst young children and teenagers. You can do this by blogging, tweeting and posting on your Facebook pages about the 11 boys and girls playing and their experience.

Each of the 11 players is really looking forward to representing the UK team. They have sent in a photo of themselves and described their pump and SAP experience (Please see below)

These 11 children are role models for other children to show that having type 1 diabetes does not prevent you from taking part in sport.

If you tweet please remember to use #medtronicjuniorcup

Follow the UK team’s progress on Facebook and Twitter

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/JuniorCupDiabetes

Twitter

https://www.twitter.com/JrCupDiabetes

 This year’s participation criteria is:

• Boys and Girls with type 1 diabetes
• Using an insulin pump
• Never participated in Junior Cup Diabetes
• Between the ages of 10-14
• Must be available to travel to the Netherlands for 22nd – 24th August 2014 (3 days/2 nights)

Registration closes on the 30th June 2014

How to register

To be in with a chance of representing the UK and Ireland in the Junior Cup Diabetes 2014 customers will need to visit www.juniorcup-diabetes.com

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Wow that is very low, I had one at 1.9 not so long ago and it was very scary indeed.

Stay safe.

Andrew

Young, Fun and Type 1

I woke in a blurry haze in the dead of night and felt my chest tighten as I attempted to inhale and figure out what had interrupted my slumber. I recognised the shaky, empty, slightly numb feeling I’d had countless times before. Oh shit. Hypo.

I wasn’t in my own bed – I was in a hotel room. Oh yes, that’s right, I’m in Leeds for the weekend. Oh, and I’m still a little drunk. This isn’t ideal.

My chest was heavy and my thoughts were disconnected. This always happens when my sugars drop, but this time I knew it was worse than normal. I couldn’t shake myself awake; I couldn’t quite collect myself enough to think logically about fixing the problem.  I attempted to sit up, but the effort to move my body weight was too much. At least it felt like too much. To get out of bed…

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