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Diabetes Connections with Stacey Simms Type 1 Diabetes

The T1D news show you've been waiting for! Long-time broadcaster, blogger and diabetes mom Stacey Simms interviews prominent advocates, authors and speakers. Stacey asks hard questions of healthcare companies and tech developers and brings on "everyday' people living with type 1. Great for parents of T1D kids, adults with type 1 and anyone who loves a person with diabetes.
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Jan 22, 2019

Dexcom CEO Kevin Sayer answers your questions and looks ahead. We talk about issues with the G6 sensors, Medicare, what happened to the Share servers New Year's Eve and he takes lots of questions from listeners. Plus, a look ahead to the smaller G7. That new version will have the transmitter and sensor in one piece. It's due out in late 2020. 

In our Community Connection, catching up with Beyond Type 1. They've got a new CEO and a new push to help with type 2. Stacey talked to Thom Scher a few weeks back about what makes BT1 tick.

Previous interview with Thom Scher

And in our Tell Me Something Good segment, Stacey explains that Will’s Way – a small but mighty charity – is marking a big milestone.

Previous interview with Will's Way

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1:40 Stacey welcome - thanks JDRF Greater Western Carolinas for having us at the recent Type One Nation Summit. Benny was Rufus! Proud mom moment for Stacey. 

6:00 Interview with Dexcom CEO Kevin Sayer

33:15 Stacey talks about Beyond Type 2 

36:30 Interview with Beyond Type 1 CEO Thom Scher

51:00 Tell Me Something Good: Will's Way

53:30 Stacey shares a recent endo visit - lower A1c, almost no lows (thanks to Basal IQ)

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Jan 15, 2019

Did you ever wish you had a Geek Squad on call for diabetes tech issues? Like one of the big box store helpers. David Panzirer with the Helmsley Trust wants to make it happen, starting with CGMs.

David explains why he thinks this will work, who will pay for it, and shares his story; two of his three children live with type 1.

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Plus.. catching up with Bigfoot Biomedical’s Lane Desborough about their subscription model. Stacey also has information about Bigfoot's new agreement with Lilly Diabetes. 

And Tell Me Something Good! Going from DKA to IronMan in just one year?! You'll hear Lauren Dahlin's fantastic story

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1:30 Stacey welcome includes a bit about our trip to Israel (more here from Stacey's FB Live)

5:30 Interview with David Panzirer

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35:25 Stacey talks about Lilly & Bigfoot's new announcement

38:45 Interview with Lane Desborough

55:30 Tell Me Something Good all about Lauren who went from DKA to Ironman

58:30 Stacey just attended the JDRF Greater Western Carolinas Summit - contact us if you'd like her to speak at your event 

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Nov 20, 2018

Loop - the DIY app that helps with automated insulin delivery - may become the first do it yourself diabetes solution to go to the FDA. But why did Tidepool decide to take on this challenge? Stacey talks to Tidepool CEO Howard Look about what this decision means, how it’s going to work and what it means for those interested in DIY but not willing to use out of warranty pumps or do a lot of programming ourselves. And of course we’ll explain what Loop actually is.

Read the Medium article Howard mentions here

A French company announces they’re a step closer to approval of their closed loop – we’ll talk about Diabeloop 

And Pandora gets into the podcasting space. Diabetes Connections is one of the few shows selected for the first launch!

Listen to past episodes where we talk to DIY, OpenAPS and We Are Not Waiting advocates and experts.


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1:30 Stacey welcome & explains Loop

6:50 Interview with Howard Look

30:30 Diabeloop explained

35:00 Pandora and podcasts

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Oct 30, 2018

Stacey talks to Jen Block from Bigfoot Biomedical with a look at why they plan to be more than a pump company, offering help navigating healthcare and a subscription service. Jen is the VP of Medical and Clinical Affairs. She was diagnosed with type 1 her sophomore year in college, during a cross country road trip. Now a Nurse Practitioner and Certified Diabetes Educator, she shares her story and details about Bigfoot.

In our Know Better Segment, one of the very first studies about LADA – sometimes called type 1.5. We’ll tell you what researchers learned.

And Stacey shares a story about a recent wedding where she made one T1D friend and embarrassed herself trying to track down another.  


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1:40 Stacey Welcome

4:50 Interview with Bigfoot's Jen Block

49:30 LADA study

52:30 Stacey doesn't have diabetes radar but she is very embarrassing when she thinks she does..  

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Oct 16, 2018

Darrell Greene is one of the first people to try Eversense, the implantable long-term CGM from Senseonics. With Eversense, a doctor places the sensor in the upper arm where it stays for three months. More information here.

Darrell explains what the experience is like, how the sensor feels under the skin and shares his story of living with T1D since his early 20s. Darrell is a local news anchor in Memphis, Tennessee and has some fun stories to share about working in the industry. 

Watch the video of Darrell and his doctor explaining Eversense. Darrell even taped the procedure!

Our Know Better segment this week features information about Lilly's faster acting insulin, moving along through the aptly named PRONTO studies.


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1:30 Stacey welcome - information about the podcast on YouTube

5:15 Interview with Darrell Greene

49:00 Information on Lilly's faster insulin - Pronto Studies

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Sep 18, 2018

Big news for Abbott, the makers of the FreeStyle Libre. This summer the FDA okayed a shorter warmup and a longer wear for the glucose monitor. Stacey talks to Tim Dunn, Abbott’s Director of Clinical research. They talk about the challenge of longer wear, the practical info you need to know if you use the Libre, and a look down the road as they partner with companies like Bigfoot.

Plus, a protest planned at the end of the month – all about affordable insulin. We’ll explain how you can help even if you can’t be there in person. Information from T1International here.

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1:30 Stacey Welcome

4:30 Interview with Tim Dunn

40:30 #Insulin4All Protest information 

43:00 Stacey upcoming events & shares why in-person connection is important. She talks about the first time she and Benny met a little boy who wore an insulin pump and what a difference that made for them. 


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Aug 30, 2018

Tandem's Predictive Low Glucose Suspend is out! Stacey and Benny got the software update on Saturday, August 25, 2018 and this bonus episode includes Stacey's thoughts on how the first few days turned out. 

More information on the Basal IQ software here.

Head over to Tandem's portal to sign up to get the update if you already have a Tslim X2 pump and a Dexcom G6

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Aug 28, 2018

Instead of a rescue Glucagon shot, how about a nasal spray? A simple spray for emergency low blood sugar is in front of the FDA right now. We speak with Lilly Diabetes Senior Medical Director Dr. Thomas Hardy about the need for this product, what it is and how it works. 

In our Know Better segment.. a quick tip about Dexom’s G6 - save your papers!! More in Stacey's Facebook live video here.

And a bit about the Bike Beyond documentary.  Stacey says it wasn't what she expected at all. You can buy the DVD here or find out how to host a watch party. 

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1:35 Stacey Welcome - thanks to DiabetesMine and Jacobs Media (& Elsie Escobar) for featuring us in recent columns

5:30 Interview with Dr. Thomas Hardy, Medical Director for Lilly Diabetes

28:30 Stacey shares her mistake when she was training again on injectible glucagon

32:00 Dexcom G6 information - keep your paper

35:30 Bike Beyond - Stacey's review of the documentary

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Aug 7, 2018

One of the problems in carrying low treatments everywhere is actually carrying them. This week, learn about a glucose necklace expected to come to market this fall. Inventor Kris Maynard is a former fire fighter and first-responder who lives with type 1. 

Stacey talks to Kris about the product, gets some advice about medical alert bracelets, tattoos and what we can do before we call 911. Kris shares the frightening low blood sugar that prompted this new product.

Plus a little bit from Benny about sending kid with diabetes to non-diabetes sleep-away camp. He and Stacey chat in the car about what he does to make his four weeks away work out.

And we talk about Jesse Was Here. It's a new program from Beyond Type 1 and Jesse's mom, Michelle Page-Alswager. Michelle's blog referenced by Stacey can be found here. 

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1:40 Stacey Welcome

4:25 Interview with Glucose Revival Inventor Kris Maynard

17:35 Stacey explains Jesse Was Here

22:20 Stacey & Benny talk about camp (in the car on the way there)

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Jul 3, 2018

Tandem answers your questions about the newly approved and not- yet-released Basal IQ system. The FDA took a lot of people by surprise by approving it with the Dexcom G6.

We talk to Tandem's Molly McElwee Malloy about how the system works, when it'll be available to T:Slim users and what's next for the company. Malloy addresses why Tandem decided to pursue integration for Basal IQ with Dexcom's G6 when it had been initially submitted to the FDA with G5 technology.

Plus, in our Know Better segment this week, a Koala with type 1 may become the newest Dexcom poster child. You might have seen Quincy on social media.. now we’ll hear from his caretakers at the San Diego zoo.

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1:30 Stacey Welcome- talks about Diabetes Connections the Game Show happening at Friends for Life. Please join the Facebook Group to find out more and learn how you can play along and win prizes even if you don't come to the conference this month.

4:00 Stacey recaps what Basal IQ is all about.  Molly first spoke to us about it back in February.

6:40 Interview with Molly McElwee Malloy

49:10 Know Better segment with Quincy the Koala's caretakers.  Stacey's friend (and former guest) Trip Stoner has a great take on Quincy (read more here).

59:00 Stacey talks about summer travel, conferences and camp

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