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Hi,

As you may remember last year my a couple of colleagues and myself decided to grow moustaches during November to help raise money for Movember of which full details can be found clicking the below link.

I’ve enlisted in #Movember to change the face of men’s health. Donate & join the good fight http://mobro.co/andrewborrett

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Thank you so much.

Andrew Borrett
http://www.mypump.co.uk
http://www.mypumpblog.com

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LifeScan’s OneTouch Verio IQ : Review by Dlife wwww.dlife.com, thanks very much for sharing this info.

Don’t forget to check out the Dlife web site which is superb.

Adam’s Favorites:

·         Low and high blood glucose pattern recognition

 ·         Bright color screen, simple menus, and interface
 ·         New, accurate strips with a clearer sample window and better blood drawing action
Onetouchverio

LifeScan’s excellent OneTouch Verio IQ was approved in the US last fall. Its major highlight is its ability to recognize patterns of high and low blood glucose. After setting high and low limits (e.g., 80 mg/dl and 140 mg/dl or 4.4 to 7.8 mmol/l in my case), the meter will automatically search for high and low glucose patterns for every test. A “low pattern” means that in the last five days, the meter has measured at least two “low” test results at a similar time of day (within three hours). A “high pattern” is slightly different: the meter looks for three values over the high limit – although only results tagged “Before Meal” are included because the meter doesn’t want to include high numbers caused specifically from food (blood sugars usually rise right after eating).

  • When the meter discovers a pattern following a test result, it immediately flashes a message. For instance, I received one that said: “Low Pattern – March 16, 12:30 pm. Looks like your glucose has been running LOW around this time.” After I selected “Get details,” the meter displayed the past glucose results associated with the low pattern.
  •  I found this pattern-recognition feature extremely useful for a number of reasons. First, it gave me the alert message right after my test, providing instant, real-time feedback right after a low or high occurred. Second, the meter searched automatically, requiring no manual calculations or logbook checking on my part. Finally, the feedback guided me on what actions to take – instead of something like an average blood sugar, I was able to see the times of the day when my glucose was out of range. The meter also has a “Pattern Log” that can be accessed from the home screen, allowing previous pattern messages to be viewed at any time. One downside to the pattern tool was that the “High Pattern” only uses results tagged as “Before Meal.” Although tagging only requires one button push following a test result, if you are in a rush and consistently forget to do this, you will not get “High Pattern alerts. “Low Pattern” results do not require any tagging.
  • Besides the pattern analysis, the Verio IQ also has a color screen that is easy to read in any light. I was also struck by the intuitive and easy-to-navigate user interface. Besides the previously described “Pattern Log,” the meter only has two other menus: “My History” and “Settings.” Navigating around the user interface requires just four buttons, making it difficult to get confused or lost in the Verio IQ menus.
 Many thanks to Dlife for the great product reviews.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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Hi,  myself and some of my colleagues at work have created a group for Movember to try and raise awareness plus some money for Prostate cancer and Testicular Cancer. Our group is called The Moustache Musketeers and you can donate using the following link please The Moustache Musketeers

Please donate if you can either to the group or to me using the link above – if you could also send the link to your friends and family or add to your Facebook / Twitter pages that would be great.

We are aiming to grow our Moustaches for November so keep checking out our progress with the following link The Moustache Musketeers

Ps no laughing at the pictures either ha ha.

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Glooko’s mission.
Glooko’s mission is to help people with diabetes live life while effortlessly managing their diabetes. It is quickly becoming a global epidemic with far-reaching social, health and economic implications. Furthermore, the unfortunate reality is that diabetes permeates every aspect of an individual’s life and affects them psychologically, physically, and financially. Living with the disease is incredibly burdensome and takes a tremendous amount of motivation, commitment and effort to manage successfully.
It has been proven that people can gain better control of their diabetes and become better self-managers when they understand and visualize the effects of their actions. When they use tools that are integrated into their daily lives, they can be encouraged to have more productive conversations with their care circle and modify their lifestyles. We believe that the most effective tools are simple to use and mobile – available anytime, anywhere.
Glooko’s Solution
Glooko’s breakthrough solution consists of the Glooko MeterSync Cable and the Glooko Logbook app. To use, simply plug the Glooko MeterSync Cable into most standard self-monitoring blood glucose meters and sync to a variety of iOS devices to create a digital logbook of readings. It’s easy to review daily blood sugar levels, annotate them and share the results with a physician.

Save time and eliminate errors. Quickly download blood glucose readings from one or more meters directly into one logbook. Get rid of the difficult pen-and-paper approach and avoid the urdens of manual entry with other apps. It’s easy to learn – you can get started in just seconds!

Add notes and context. Enter pre- and post-meal tags and notes about carb intake, activity or insulin doses as they happen, so you can see how the things you do affect your blood sugar levels. You also get access to a comprehensive food database with nutritional facts to help you count carbs and add additional information to your notes.

Track trends and share data. Review patterns in your blood sugar readings related to the time of day or in chronological order. Automatically create a logbook of your readings or a spreadsheet for you to generate charts and email or fax summaries to your healthcare team with just a touch.
Pricing and Compatibility
The Glooko Logbook app is free and available on the iTunes App Store.
The Glooko MeterSync Cable and Glooko IR Adapter can be purchased in Europe for £32.50 and £12.25, respectively.
The Glooko IR Adapter can be purchased in the U.S. through Amazon for $14.95 and in Canada through Well.ca for $18.99 (including shipping and handling), and in UK/Europe for £12.25. (If you have an ACCU-CHEK® meter, you will need to purchase both the Glooko MeterSync Cable and the Glooko IR Adapter.)
Compatible meters: ACCU-CHEK® Aviva, ACCU-CHEK® Aviva Nano, ACCU-CHEK® Compact Plus, ACCU-CHEK® Nano, Bayer’s Breeze®2, Bayer’s Contour®, FreeStyle Freedom Lite®, FreeStyle Lite®, OneTouch® Ultra®2, OneTouch® UltraLink®, and OneTouch® UltraMini®
Compatible iOS devices: iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod touch (3rd & 4th generation).

What Customers are Saying

Glooko Logbook debuted in November 2011, and has since been hailed by users and bloggers for its ease-of-use and ability to provide context to daily data collected by people with diabetes.

To read first-hand what customers are saying you can take a look at Amazon, Apple iTunes, Facebook and Twitter. Below is a sampling:

Amazon reviews – majority 5-star ratings

5.0 out of 5 stars: Super easy way to document and share critical information the glooko metersync cable is incredible! i have been trying to upload blood sugar data for years with no success (always some technical difficulty). within 5 minutes of receiving the Glooko cable I had over 500 blood sugar readings stored on my ipod and a printable/emailable log on my computer for myself and my health care providers. I cannot wait to share this with them so that they can share it with other diabetics. A must have for iPhone/iPod users with diabetes!!!

Apple iTunes – rated 4+
5 out of 5 stars: Glooko Cable and app are worth the price I received my cable in December and started seeing my blood levels in a different way. No writing, no paper logs. Sync your meter once a week or every time you test. The app works well with airprint or email the log as an attachment to yourself or caregivers.

Future Plans

Glooko plans to support more blood glucose meters and smartphones as well as create future products that allow charting and graphing as we pursue FDA clearance.

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INPUT Insulin Pump Exhibitions 2012
Any (insulin pump) Question Answered

Have you heard about insulin pumps and wondered how to find out more about them? Do you have questions about what it’s like using a pump? Would you like to see in real life the makes and models of pumps you’ve heard about? Or do you have questions or concerns about NHS funding for pumps? Your chance to chat with pump users and pump company representatives about all these topics (and more) could be just around the corner at an INPUT roadshow!

Current Venues and Dates (further information on venues below). More dates and venues being added soon.

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Who: open to all people with diabetes and their family members or carers who want to learn about the principles and practical aspects of pump therapy over a cup of tea or coffee.

We have invited the following companies to exhibit:

Abbott (Freestyle Navigator)
Advanced Therapeutics (Dana & Dexcom)
Animas
Cellnovo
Medtronic
Roche
Ypsomed (OmniPod)

View my Blog about the superb previous Input Roadshow I attended in Luton.

www.mypump.co.uk
www.mypumpblog.com
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I decided to attend the Input Roadshow held at Hilton Garden Inn – Luton on Saturday 14th April running from 1.00pm – 4.30pm and it was great to see Lesley and Anna from Input for a catch up.

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I was pleasantly surprised to see so many people with Diabetes attend to ask questions and see what Insulin Pumps are currently available. The companies who attended were Animas, Roche, Medtronic, Cellnovo and Advanced Therapeutics all showing off their latest pieces of Diabetes kit.

I arrived at 1.00pm and was greeted by the Input team that put this super event together so well done to the Input team for a great event. My main objective was to say hi to some of my contacts from the Insulin Pump companies and to see what new technology is available.

I am already very familiar with the Medtronic Veo and Animas Vibe which are both superb Insulin Pumps which offer integrated CGM but I didn’t get a chance to chat with the team from Advanced Therapeutics (sorry guys) which I was a little annoyed at but purely because they were busy and I run out of time unfortunately. I did however get to speak with Jill from Animas who I have met a few times and Justin from Medtronic who again I know very well so it was good to have a chat. I wanted to know more about the Accu-Chek Combo pump as i had not seen it before and how it works so spoke with Sue who also gave me a demo of the system which was great as everything you need can be done by the handheld BG Smart Meter very easily, I also like the software which gave some great reports and was easy to understand. Next I spoke with Carol from Cellnovo which is a new pump shortly being released and certainly looks amazing with its iPhone looking handset to the small patch pump, unfortunately I don’t know a huge amount about the Cellnovo pump as it is very new. Cellnovo is basically a patch pump with an amazing smart handset that can do everything from testing your BG with a built in blood glucose meter for test strips to monitoring exercise due to the patch pump having a built in accelerometer – wow.

My next task is to try and convince Cellnovo to let me try their pump so I can physically see how it works day to day as seeing it in your hand is different to sleeping, working or even excersining wearing the patch pump.

All in all a very enjoyable afternoon and superbly organised by Input so well done guys. Check out the Input web site for more info on forthcoming events as it is well worth a visit.

Andrew Borrett

My Pump
My Pump Blog

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INPUT Insulin Pump Exhibitions 2012
Any (insulin pump) Question Answered

Have you heard about insulin pumps and wondered how to find out more about them? Do you have questions about what it’s like using a pump? Would you like to see in real life the makes and models of pumps you’ve heard about? Or do you have questions or concerns about NHS funding for pumps? Your chance to chat with pump users and pump company representatives about all these topics (and more) could be just around the corner at an INPUT roadshow!

Current Venues and Dates (further information on venues below). More dates and venues being added soon.

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Luton – 14th April 2012
Chester – 19th May 2012

Time: 1pm – 4:30pm
Who: open to all people with diabetes and their family members or carers who want to learn about the principles and practical aspects of pump therapy over a cup of tea or coffee.

We have invited the following companies to exhibit:

Abbott (Freestyle Navigator)
Advanced Therapeutics (Dana & Dexcom)
Animas
Cellnovo
Medtronic
Roche
Ypsomed (OmniPod)

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Luton – Saturday 14th April 2012
Venue: Hilton Garden Inn Luton North Hotel, LU2 8DD

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Chester – Saturday 19th May 2012
Venue: Macdonald New Blossoms Hotel, Chester, CH1 1HL.

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Via Scoop.itDiabetes care

Living With Diabetes – Cure Diabetes with Homeopathy – Health & Beauty Tips. Care World Channel has ‘Living With Diabetes’, a show dedicated to providing vital information about diabetes, like the symptoms, causes and effects of the …
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Via Scoop.itDiabetes care

Motorcyclists Ride for Diabetes Foundation [Video]Patch.comAbout 60 bikers participated in the eighth annual “Motorcycle Ride for Diabetes” on Sunday through Portsmouth and into Bristol.
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Via Scoop.itDiabetes care

Hundreds of cyber-security geeks watched recently as Jay Radcliffe stood on a Las Vegas stage and hacked into his own insulin pump, disabling its life-saving therapy (Before we worry about “terrorists” hijacking pumps, need to focus on “dead…
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