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The MiniMed® VeoTM is now the ONLY system clinically proven to significantly reduce hypoglycaemic events: The evidence-


Two studies assessed the effect of Sensor Augmented Pump therapy (SAP) vs. SAP therapy with Low Glucose Suspend.


· 32% reduction in night time hypos1
· 38% less severity and duration of night time hypos1
· 40% less values in the hypo range at night1
· 0 severe hypos2

Conclusion: If we are going to one day close the loop we need to help more people with type 1 diabetes to gain access to Sensor Augmented Pump’s with automated suspend features.

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So I arrived in London fairly early this morning after catching the 7.30am train into Paddington for my yearly Diabetes check up at the Western Eye Hospital in London which is always a nervous time. The journey was pretty good but the train in rush hour gets so busy and is certainly expensive – certainly not something I would want to do on a regular basis unless I was getting paid lots of money 😃.

My appointment was for 9.30am and I arrived at the hospital at about 9.00am hoping I would get seen quickly which is not usually the case but we live in hope, so arrived to quite a few people already waiting and took my seat as usual.

So I was sitting waiting patiently listening to some tunes on my Samsung Galaxy and starting to get bored already and after about 20 minutes I got called by the nurse who checks your vision plus the pressure in my eyes – the vision was the same as before but the pressure was slightly higher but nothing to be concerned about.

The nurse then puts in the dilating drops and anaesthetic drops ready for photos to be taken at the back of the eye for the consultant which sting like hell. Back to my seat to wait for the drops to start working for about another 20 minutes and I was then called to have the photos took which only takes a few minutes, again take a seat Mr Borrett.

Finally after another 30 minutes I was called by a consultant who looked about 15 years old and also joined by two other students training to be optometrists which by now I am used to and if it helps them learn it’s not a problem.

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There is some amazing technology available now for people living with Diabetes which is great news for all of us as this technology has certainly helped me maintain my BG levels using devices such as Insulin Pumps, Smart BG meters to even apps such as Carbs & Cals.

I think we are all now waiting for the first flood of smart Insulin Pumps to arrive which should be smaller than before with even more technology to assist us, we have still not seen much from Cellnovo but their Insulin Pump certainly looked incredible, I am sure the big players will be releasing some amazing technology this year or if not very soon.

On this note has anyone seen the new Dario BG meter as this is certainly a device I would like to try


I am watching closely to see what new meters get release this year if any and would really welcome your feedback just in case I miss something.

At the moment I am using a Accu-Check Mobile meter which I do find very compact as everything is contained in the one device, all wrapped up in a very snug case. I do also like the Bayer Contour Next USB meter which is tiny however as with most meter companies the case is huge – can’t the meter cases actually be made smaller so they are more discreet to fit in your pocket ?

Has anyone used/using or seen the incredible looking Insujet from Sprit Healthcare which is a device that can be used to administer insulin without a needle. The insulin is fired at high pressure through a small aperture, which creates a high speed jet that can penetrate the skin and underlying tissue. The pressure is generated by a powerful spring which is optimized for subcutaneous insulin delivery. Oh my god was what I was thinking as I still remember when I was very young having a huge stainless steel syringe with needles that needed to be reused and sterilised, so this Insujet device really does sound very interesting and I can’t wait to give it a try.


Finally, where are we in regards to new Insulin Pumps and what have you heard as surely there must be some new smart Insulin Pumps on the horizon, I myself haven’t heard much about the new smaller Omnipod which again looks great for a patch pump (I have never tried a patch pump) and I have email the company a few times to get some info on my Blog and web site www.mypump.co.uk however not heard anything back.

Thanks again for looking.




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For those of you who didn’t know already my wife has been pregnant for the past 9 months so our home life has been turbulent to say the least.

We already have a son who is almost 4 years old and a daughter aged 2 1/2 so life is chaos as you can imagine which plays havoc with my bg levels.

Anyway my baby daughter finally made an appearance 10 days late on Monday 8th July at 11.29pm and weighed a tad over 10lbs (wow). Everything went well with the birth which was also fairly quick at about 5 hours in actual labour.

We have decided to call our daughter Elise.

Yes the sleepless nights are certainly common at the moment but certainly worth it.

Thanks for reading.


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So that dreaded day we always wait for finally arrived last week – yeah you guessed it was my Hba1c results!

I must say I really do try to be as careful as I can be with my blood sugar levels but even with an Insulin Pump it is still a constant battle – would a CGM improve this, well I think yes it would? The only problem with CGM is the cost which can be around £250 per month just for the sensors which is way out of my budget.

Anyway, I had my blood test a couple of weeks ago and have been eagerly awaiting my hba1c results which finally arrived – this year they were 7.5 which I must say is pretty damm good.

I am still a great believer that Diabetes technology has helped these results whether it’s test strip technology or just the BG Meter I use – thanks to all the Diabetes companies out there and who knows what’s next.

Thanks again for reading.

Andrew http://www.mypump.co.uk

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Firstly thanks for reading and please do let me know if you have any interesting Blogs that can be shared with the Diabetes community.

Is it just me or does anyone else find that your BG level is almost spot on at say 7.2, you have your dinner which is something like Cottage Pie (Mmm yummy my favourite) with some vegetables I then estimate the carbs to be about 70g then wake up in the morning to a BG of 14 ?

Could this be to do with the food being high GI or Low GI more than me just getting the carb ratio wrong, it is so frustrating as I am sure you all know as I do my very best to keep my sugar levels on an even keel ?

Through the day as I have similar foods most days ie Porridge for breakfast, Apple mid morning and a sandwich at lunchtime I find my BG level at lunchtime is almost always spot on before my lunch at approx 6.2. The main problem is in the evening or before bed when things tend to go a bit haywire, obviously my foods can vary enormously from rice, pasta to fries or even my yummy Cottage Pie.

So correction dose given this morning on my Animas Vibe pump so by the time I get to work everything should be back on track and we start the day again.

I personally have always used Hypostop gel or GlucoTabs, GlucoJuice and especially like the new HypoWallet which is a great idea however are there any other options for us in an easy to carry packet – let me know please ?


Also for those of you out there who haven’t already had a look its certainly worth checking out Medtronic’s new UK web site


Thanks for reading and I look forward to reading your comments or tips.


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I have some very exciting Diabetes gadgets to try which over the next few weeks I will put to good use and let you know my thoughts.

I currently have the New BT Device from Menarini (Glucomen) which wirelessly connects your GlucoMen BG meter to either you Apple or Android device so you can view results, secondly I have a New GlucoRX BG Meter to try which I had never seen before and I am very excited to give it a try a let you know what it’s like.

If you can’t wait that long then please click the following links for more info :

GlucoLog BT Device.

GlucoRX BG Meters.

Thanks for reading.


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Roche Accu-Chek New Mobile BG Meter.

I thought it was about time I wrote a Blog review of my Roche Accu-Chek Mobile which I have been using for a fair few months now after speaking to the team at Roche who as ever are more than happy to help. I particularly like the fact they have a large range of meters to suit most tastes and requirements.


The meter I have been using is the latest version and somewhat slimmer than the previous version which certainly appeals to me, it certainly looks the part, I even like the packaging lol. I called the Customer Service Team to ask if it was possible to send me a meter and the team took some details from me so I was registered for replacement batteries etc and within a day or so my lovely meter arrived, with a cartridge of test strips in the box. I had also ordered a new carry case to keep my lovely new meter safe and clean which looked great and protected the Accu-Chek Mobile perfectly. It is ideal for going out and popping in your pocket but it is not the smallest meter however on the flipside of this the screen is great and I have seen larger BG meters.


For me the fact you have a cassette of 50 strips in the meter and the lancet also has 5 finger sticks included you do not need to worry about taking anything else out with you, I will get to the technical details soon.

I must say this is one of the best meters I have tried but each manufacturers BG meter has its own merits and will appeal to different people with Diabetes, I like a large clear backlit screen due to my poor eyesight, however some people with Diabetes want a tiny meter to fit in their pocket or even meters that check their ketones – technology for us is changing fast.

Here is the technical info from Roche :

The NEW Strip Free Accu-Chek® Mobile Blood Glucose Meter System.

The new Strip Free Accu-Chek Mobile system with 50 tests in one cassette eliminates the need to handle or dispose of single test strips. This makes it easier for you to test virtually whenever, wherever.

It includes everything that is needed to perform a test making blood glucose monitoring more convenient, especially for insulin-using people with diabetes.

  • All-in-one system: test whenever, wherever.
  • 50 tests in one cassette: no more strips.
  • 4 simple steps: fast, easy testing.

View Product Details

** Please click on the “View Product Details” link above for more in depth info.

As with all BG meters out in the market now they all seem to provide very accurate results in literally seconds compared to when I was first diagnosed and had to wee on a colour changing stick – nice I know J.

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Mike – I hope you don’t mind me borrowing a Blog from your site as I believe it will help many newly diagnosed people with Diabetes.

Don’t forget to check out Mike’s great Blog site EVERY DAY UPS AND DOWNS, A DIABETES BLOG

Newly diagnosed? Read Jennifer’s advice.

When I began looking around t’internet for information about managing diabetes I kept coming across something called “Jennifer’s Advice” which made a lot of sense to me and though it seems to be written with type 2 in mind, it applies equally well to type 1 diabetes (with the addition of bg tests before each meal and some more elastic post-meal test timings, I would suggest). In fact to my mind T2s on diet and exercise should test pre-meal too as it helps to isolate the action of the food at that particular meal.

Unfortunately I don’t know who Jennifer is, but I have taken the liberty of reproducing her advice here in the hope that some might find it useful.
Jennifer’s Advice to newly diagnosed diabetics – Test, test, test

Written by Jennifer, November 2008

Sounds like you’re planning to take control of your diabetes… good for you.

There is so much to absorb… you don’t have to rush into anything. Begin by using your best weapon in this war, your meter. You won’t keel over today, you have time to experiment, test, learn, test again and figure out just how your body and this disease are getting along. The most important thing you can do to learn about yourself and diabetes is test test test.

The single biggest question a diabetic has to answer is: What do I eat?

Unfortunately, the answer is pretty confusing. What confounds us all is the fact that different diabetics can get great results on wildly different food plans. Some of us here achieve great blood glucose control eating a high complex carbohydrate diet. Others find that anything over 75 – 100g of carbs a day is too much. Still others are somewhere in between.

At the beginning all of us felt frustrated. We wanted to be handed THE way to eat, to ensure our continued health. But we all learned that there is no one way. Each of us had to find our own path, using the experience of those that went before, but still having to discover for ourselves how OUR bodies and this disease were coexisting. Ask questions, but remember each of us discovered on our own what works best for us. You can use our experiences as jumping off points, but eventually you’ll work up a successful plan that is yours alone.

What you are looking to discover is how different foods affect you. As I’m sure you’ve read, carbohydrates (sugars, wheat, rice… the things our Grandmas called “starches”) raise blood sugars the most rapidly. Protein and fat do raise them, but not as high and much more slowly… so if you’re a T2, generally the insulin your body still makes may take care of the rise.

You might want to try some experiments.

First: Eat whatever you’ve been currently eating… but write it all down.

Test yourself at the following times:

Upon waking (fasting)
1 hour after each meal
2 hours after each meal
At bedtime

That means 8 x each day. What you will discover by this is how long after a meal your highest reading comes… and how fast you return to “normal”. Also, you may see that a meal that included bread, fruit or other carbs gives you a higher reading.

Then for the next few days, try to curb your carbs. Eliminate breads, cereals, rice, beans, any wheat products, potato, corn, fruit… get all your carbs from veggies. Test at the same schedule above. [Note: this advice is for T2s on diet and exercise/some oral meds, if you are T1 and on fixed doses you should be eating a measured quantity of carbs at each meal to match your insulin dose T2s on insulin and other injected meds need to reduce carbs with more caution to avoid hypos. Testing after meals will help you see how steady or spiky your levels are when you eat different foods. M]

If you try this for a few days, you may find some pretty good readings. It’s worth a few days to discover. Eventually you can slowly add back carbs until you see them affecting your meter. The thing about this disease… though we share much in common and we need to follow certain guidelines… in the end, each of our bodies dictate our treatment and our success.

The closer we get to non-diabetic numbers, the greater chance we have of avoiding horrible complications. The key here is AIM… I know that everyone is at a different point in their disease… and it is progressive. But, if we aim for the best numbers and do our best, we give ourselves the best shot at heath we’ve got. That’s all we can do.

Here’s my opinion on what numbers to aim for, they are close to non-diabetic numbers.
Fasting Under 6
One hour after meals Under 8
Two hours after meals Under 6.5

or for those in the mg/dl parts of the world:
FBG Under 110
One hour after meals Under 140
Two hours after meals Under 120

Recent studies have indicated that the most important numbers are your “after meal” numbers. They may be the most indicative of future complications, especially heart problems.

Listen to your doctor, but you are the leader of your diabetic care team. While his/her advice is learned, it is not absolute. You will end up knowing much more about your body and how it’s handling diabetes than your doctor will. Your meter is your best weapon.

Just remember, we’re not in a race or a competition with anyone but ourselves… Play around with your food plan… TEST TEST TEST. Learn what foods cause spikes, what foods cause cravings… Use your body as a science experiment.

You’ll read about a lot of different ways people use to control their diabetes… Many are diametrically opposed. After a while you’ll learn that there is no one size fits all around here. Take some time to experiment and you’ll soon discover the plan that works for you.

Best of luck!

Thanks again Mike Every Day Ups and Downs, a Diabetes Blog

T @ MyPump1

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Hi all,

Yet again it is time for my annual Eye Hospital Appointment in London at the Western Eye Hospital Nr Paddington, London on Thursday 7th March 9.10am.


I left home at 7.00am (Time to grab a coffee at the local shop mmmm) to catch the 7.30am train again to Paddington which takes about 1 hour so not too bad as it goes direct but also gets very busy, my appointment was 9.10am – yeah right (they always run late).

Firstly I was seen by the nurse straight away to check my vision as normal and this has remained unchanged since last year which is good news, I still have big problems with night vision due to all the laser I have had in the past to help my retinopathy, I have also had two Vitrectomy Operations at the Western Eye Hospital going back a few years. I also have damage to my central vision in my right eye but it’s amazing how you cope. I was also given the drops to dilate my pupils which sting like hell for a few seconds but help the doctors see the back of your eyes easier.

20 minutes passed which gives the drops time to work and I was called by the photographer who takes images of the back of your eyes to check for any anomalies and also another machine which checks your macular condition again by a photograph.

Another 45 minutes passed and I was called by the Eye Consultant (Yes panic setting in by now) but at least I was being seen really fast which was great. I sat down with the Consultant who looked at the images of my eyes and macular condition the n she had a good look at my eyes with a very bright light. There is quite a lot of scaring to the backs of my eyes where. I also have some sort of weird eyelid infection which has been there for ages so the consultant had a good push of that and decided I needed some SPECIAL cream but would probably need it cutting mmmm lovely.

So the outcome of this check up was all good news as my eye site was stable with no changes since last year and my macular was in good condition which is such a huge relief and hard to explain what a constant worry it is.

I know we already know this but it is so important to keep your regular Diabetes check ups just to make sure everything is in order, I am a prime example (I know show off) as it was Vision Express who originally spotted my eye issues going back probably 8 years in which they immediately contacted my local eye clinic – thanks to Vision Express and of course the Western Eye Hospital.

Take care


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