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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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Aug 2, 2022

Jeff Ryan has lived with type 1 for more than 50 years. But he also has what’s called an essential tremor. Part of the treatment for that included using powerful magnets, which made thinking about diabetes tech.. a little different for Jeff. He talks about being diagnosed as a toddler in 1971, and how treatment for both his tremor and his type 1 have changed.. as well as the power of community for both conditions.

He recently got his 50 year Joslin Medal and shares how a photo of him in front of a Christmas tree in 1971 played a role. That photo was a bit of a mystery to Jeff for a long time, since he was diagnosed in October.

2001 story about Jeff's brain surgery: https://www.webmd.com/brain/news/20010822/pacemaker-for-brain-effectively-stops-tremors

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Jul 29, 2022

It's In the News! The tops diabetes stories this week include: Australian scientists say they have a new way to restore insulin production using an existing and approved drug, Tandem rolls out bolus by phone for wider release and acquires Capillary Biomedical, an infusion set maker. Dexcom adds Spanish as a language option for the G6, a necklace is said to be able to monitor glucose levels and Netflix's Purple Hearts focuses on type 1 medical costs as a plot point.

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Hello and welcome to Diabetes Connections In the News! I’m Stacey Simms and these are the top diabetes stories and headlines of the past seven days.

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In the news is brought to you by T1D Exchange! T1D Exchange is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving outcomes for the entire T1D population.

https://t1dexchange.org/stacey/

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Australian scientists say they have a new way to restore insulin

production in pancreatic cells, using a drug that’s already approved for use in humans. In lab experiments on pancreatic stem cells from donors with type 1 diabetes, the team was able to activate them to begin expressing insulin by exposing them to a drug compound known as GSK126. These cells don’t normally produce insulin, but the drug let them functionally step into the shoes of the beta cells that had stopped working. In principle, a single course of this kind of drug over a few days could replace the need for regular insulin shots in diabetics.

The new treatment would work much faster, within a matter of days, and without the need for surgery. But perhaps the biggest advantage is that GSK126 is already approved by the US FDA and elsewhere in the world as a treatment for cancer. Its safety profile is already being assessed in clinical trials, which could reduce hurdles down the road for its use against diabetes.

That said, the scientists caution that it is still very early days. These experiments were conducted on cells in culture – not even in animals yet – so there’s still plenty of work to do. Nevertheless, it remains an intriguing new possible tool.

https://newatlas.com/medical/diabetes-breakthrough-insulin-production-existing-drug/

 

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Couple of big announcements from Tandem Diabetes this week. They’ve widened the roll out of their Mobile Bolus feature, now open to all customers with in-warranty tslim x2 pumps and compatible smart phones. Approved earlier this year, it has been available for a few weeks to a small group of users.

https://www.tandemdiabetes.com/products/software-apps/tconnect-mobile

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Tandem also announced it acquired infusion set developer Capillary Biomedical, an infusion set maker. To quote the press release: Capillary Biomedical’s unique extended wear infusion set technology is currently in development and not commercially available. The company designed its SteadiFlow seven-day-wear infusion set technology to significantly extend patient wear time to a week and maintain insulin stability. Capillary Biomedical received FDA investigational device exemption for the platform in January of this year.

https://www.drugdeliverybusiness.com/tandem-diabetes-acquires-capillary-biomedical-infusion/

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Dexcom is launching their G6 mobile app in Spanish. It is estimated that 11.8% of U.S. Latino adults have diagnosed diabetes. Dexcom says, “

“Launching the Dexcom G6 app in Spanish is a positive step toward improving health equity for individuals with diabetes who primarily speak Spanish.” To access the Dexcom G6 mobile app in Spanish, users need to install the latest version of the app and set their compatible iOS (v1.10.1) or Android (v1.10.0) smartphone* language to Spanish (any dialect/region). The app will automatically display in Spanish as long as the phone language is set to Spanish.

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Big issue for a diabetes app in the UK. CamAps FX is an automated insulin delivery system that works with Dexcom and Tandem. But Google has blocked it from the Play Store and won’t let it send text message alerts. Camdiab, the company behind it, is having to send the messages via another service and pay for each one individually.

Google said it doesn't allow any apps, other than the designated text message app on a device, to send SMS messages. CamAps FX spent 15 years in development by experts at Cambridge University and was the first system of its kind to be recommended by the NHS for use by children from the age of one, and pregnant people. We’ll see if the court of public opinion has any sway on what happens here.

 

https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-62184812

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Should we get excited about a new smart necklace said to measure glucose in sweat? Ohio State University recently presented the necklace, which has a clasp and pendant with biochemical sensors installed on the back so that when placed around the neck, it could capture the sweat and analyze glucose, serotonin, sodium, potassium, and hydrogen levels. In one experiment where people cycled  and drank sugary drinks, the sweat measured the increased glucose levels with a 98.9% accuracy. They didn’t really say what that means, though. Long way to go here but interesting idea.

 

https://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/38989/20220726/smart-necklace-track-wearers-health-status-98-9-accuracy-using.htm

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The T1D Exchange Registry is a research study conducted online over time, designed to foster innovation and improve the lives of people with T1D. The platform is open to both adults and children with T1D living in the U.S. Personal information remains confidential and participation is fully voluntary. Once enrolled, participants will complete annual surveys and have the opportunity to sign up for other studies on specific topics related to T1D. The registry aims to improve knowledge of T1D, accelerate the discovery and development of new treatments and technologies, and generate evidence to support policy or insurance changes that help the T1D community. By sharing opinions, experiences and data, patients can help advance meaningful T1D treatment, care and policy.

The registry is now available on the T1D Exchange website and is simple to navigate, mobile and user-friendly. For more information or to register, go to www.t1dregistry.org/stacey

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A new Netflix movie featuring type 1 is getting a lot of attention: Called Purple Hearts, it tells the story of Aspiring singer-songwriter Cassie Salazar (Sofia Carson). The synopsis says: Chasing her dreams isn’t exactly easy when she’s juggling multiple jobs and trying to keep her Type I diabetes at bay. Raised by an immigrant single mother and navigating a cruel health-care system, Cassie has seen how the “Land of the Free” has been everything but for people like her. After learning that Marine spouses get full health benefits and extra pay, Cassie comes up with an idea to marry one. Although the marriage is temporary, their true feelings for each other are revealed when an unexpected tragedy sends her now husband home earlier than expected.

I’ve reached out to the film makers. We’ll see if this one gets type 1 right.. but it sounds like they understand some of the health care system.

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Next week I’m talking to Jeff Ryan, who was diagnosed with type 1 as a little kid back in 1971. He also lives with an essential tremor, and was one of the first people to have brain surgery for it. Which was very successful.

The long format episode out right now is with Sebastien Sassville who tals about completed the race across America – a coast to coast cycling race in just 12 days.

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Jul 26, 2022

Sebastien Sasseville recently completed The Race Across America, a grueling 3-thousand miles coast to coast cycling event that riders must complete in only 12 days. That means pushing through not just diabetes, Sasseville lives with type 1, but also eating on the bike and sleeping just a few hours at a time.

Sasseville has been an ultra athlete for two decades now. We get more details about this race, why he wanted to do it and how he managed type 1 throughout.

More on Sassville here: https://sebinspire.com/en/

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Jul 22, 2022

Top stories In the News this week, United Healthcare announces changes to how they cover insulin for some, a new study looks at CGM use in people with type 2 over the age of 65, another company begins islet cell clinical trials, a new tool to treat diabetic neuropathy pain, gestational diabetes is on the rise, and more.

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Hello and welcome to Diabetes Connections In the News! I’m Stacey Simms and these are the top diabetes stories and headlines of the past seven days.
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In the news is brought to you by T1D Exchange! T1D Exchange is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving outcomes for the entire T1D population.
https://t1dexchange.org/stacey/
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Our top story.. United Healthcare says it will have no “out of pocket” expenses for insulin starting January first. It’s doing the same for other critical drugs like glucagon, epinephrine and albuterol. Looking into this a bit more, though, it’s not the boon it first seems. This only covers certain eligible patients. Stat news says about a quarter of United Healthcare’s patients will qualify but I saw a few commentators say it could actually be less than 5-percent. UnitedHealth Group shared that it earned $5.1 billion in profit for the second quarter of 2022.

https://kstp.com/kstp-news/top-news/united-healthcare-says-no-out-of-pocket-expenses-for-insulin/
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Not too surprising but a good study about people with type 2 using CGMs. This was for people using basal insulin only and over 65 years old. They found when given a CGM, their A1Cs went down an average of 1 full point with fewer lows. These are the kinds of studies that may seem obvious to us but that are needed to show insurers they need to cover.
https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/10.1089/dia.2021.0494
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New device approved to treat pain associated with diabetic peripheral neuropathy. The DyAnsys’ First Relief system is set behind the ear – its an adhesive, nothing surgical. It features three small, acupuncturelike needles that reach through the skin behind the ear to access the nervous system. Once in place, the device continuously emits low-level electrical pulses over the course of several days at a time; the FDA cleared the system for repeated treatments spanning up to eight weeks.
https://www.fiercebiotech.com/medtech/fda-clears-wearable-neurostimulator-dyansys-treat-pain-diabetic-nerve-damage
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Another company having success with islet cell transplants. ProtoKinetix announced they’re completely safety objectives and will start phase 1 clinical trials of their molecule PKX-001. Not much to report here yet, but I didn’t want to news of the Vertex/Viactye merger to over shadow that there are other efforts going on here.

https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20220720005086/en/ProtoKinetix-Successfully-Completes-Phase-1-Clinical-Trials-for-the-Treatment-of-Type-1-Diabetes-in-Islet-Cell-Transplants
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Roche and Insulet settle their lawsuit.. this was a patent issue and both companies were suing each other. Insulet will give Roche 20-million dollars and Roche has agreed not to sue Insulet for five years. This was set to go to trial next week.
https://seekingalpha.com/news/3855728-insulet-to-pay-20m-to-settle-patent-lawsuit
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Gestational diabetes is on the rise, climbing 30% between 2016 and 2020, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The CDC analysis showed that cases increased 13% during the first year of the pandemic alone, a much larger spike than the previous annual increases of about 5%. Experts say that the sharp increase during Covid may be because the disease accelerated people’s adoption of a sedentary lifestyle and led to pandemic-related physical and emotional stress. experts are concerned outcomes in 2021 may be worse, when Covid hit harder.
If anything, the authors and experts said, the new finding is likely an undercount. Relying on birth certificate data, which the CDC study did, can miss cases that are not captured by a physician on those forms. “If you think about it, somebody who’s doing 20 deliveries in a night, or ten deliveries in a night, is just kind of trying to get those reports and certificates out there,” said Morgan. “They’re not paying as much attention to some of those details.”

https://www.statnews.com/2022/07/20/as-diabetes-during-pregnancy-grows-more-common-experts-point-to-a-need-for-preventive-care/
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Right back to the news in a moment but first As I mentioned, The T1D Exchange Registry is an online research study, designed to harness the power of individuals with type 1 diabetes. It’s a research study conducted online over time, designed to foster innovation and improve the lives of people with T1D. Personal information remains confidential and participation is fully voluntary. Once enrolled, participants will complete annual surveys and have the opportunity to sign up for other studies on specific topics related to T1D. By sharing opinions, experiences and data, patients can help advance meaningful T1D treatment, care and policy Sign up at T1DExchange.org slash Stacey (that’s S-T-A-C-E-Y).
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Next week on the podcast I’m talking to Sebastien Sasseville who recently completey the absolutely exhausting sounding Race Across America. We’ll talk about how you manage type 1 – and everything else – when you’re spending more than 20 hours a day on a bike for 12 days! The long format episode out right now is with the folks at Diabetes Wise – that’s a website to help you choose diabetes technology.. they’ve added information for doctors – this may help you educate your heathcare providers on why you want the pump or cgm system that you do..
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Jul 19, 2022

When you’re thinking about new diabetes technology, sometimes your endo is right there with you, keeping up on the latest & greatest. But if they’re not, a new resource could help. Diabetes Wise Pro includes more than just pump and CGM specs.

Stacey talks to Dr. Korey Hood, the co founder of DiabetesWise, a website that launched a few years ago to help consumers make more informed decisions around diabetes tech. We’ll talk about why they launched this new effort, who it’s for and how it could even change the prescription process.

More info https://providers.diabeteswise.org/#/

This podcast is not intended as medical advice. If you have those kinds of questions, please contact your health care provider.

Check out our previous interviews with Dr. Hood: https://diabetes-connections.com/?s=korey+hood

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Jul 15, 2022

Top stories in this news this week: Stem cell research Vertex company buys Viacyte, another company looking at stem cells for a functional cure for T1D, some tslim users are getting access to Tandem's new mobile bolus feature, One Drop shows a "health sensor" on its website, a study shows that screening for type 1 at very young ages could help detect most cases and much more!

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Hello and welcome to Diabetes Connections In the News! I’m Stacey Simms and these are the top diabetes stories and headlines of the past seven days.
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In the news is brought to you by T1D Exchange! T1D Exchange is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving outcomes for the entire T1D population.
https://t1dexchange.org/stacey/
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Our top story this week, Vertex buys Viacyte! For context, Vertex is the company that got all the headlines last fall – big article in the New York Times for a stem cell therapy that brought one person with type 1 off insulin completely. The FDA put them on hold but lifted that just last week. Vertex previously acquired Dr. Doug Melton's Semma.
Viactye is the company featured in the documentary "The Human Trial" - they're using CRISPR technology to keep the body from rejecting their stem cells. Both companies technology does NOT require immunosuppressive drugs and both say they are working toward a functional cure. Some experts are saying this will speed up that effort while critics worry that it eliminates the competitive aspect of the race. Sernova is still one separate company that has shown stem cell therapy can work.. I’ve got requests out to Viacyte to talk to us about all of this, so stay tuned.
https://investors.vrtx.com/news-releases/news-release-details/vertex-acquire-viacyte-goal-accelerating-its-potentially?fbclid=IwAR15qlFSBsBR89blzXymyIGL3tW5C64QtdHpwq7a5fdjmv2q6JmfoTIpm-k
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If we widely screened kids for type 1 at certain ages, a new study suggests, it would identify most of those who go on to develop it by their teen years. These researchers looked at screening for the type 1 autoantibodies at ages 2 and 6. This included nearly 25-thousand children from Europe and US. One issue in this study, funded by JDRF, all the participants in the combined dataset had genetic risk factors for the disease or a relative with type 1 diabetes, in whom performance is expected to be higher. It also included almost exclusively kids of northern European ancestry.
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/976992
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Tandem bolus by phone is slowly rolling out. This week, the T:Connect app was updated in the The t:connect app was updated and emails started arriving for those notified they were part of the early release groups. I did see some reports of people not yet getting the email but seeing the update in their portal so be sure and check. Mobile Bolus is reportedly available for those using Control IQ and Basal IQ. It’s worth noting that for those outside the US there really is no timeline, but Tandem has previously said they’re going to replace t:connect with a new system that will debut outside the US first. By the way, I got my email this morning, but Benny is still at camp for three more weeks so it'll be a bit before we do the update!
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Interesting look at teens and young adults with type 1.. the early morning psychosocial state may explain a proportion of their daily variance in time in range. The study included 88 participants aged between 14 and 26 years, 56-percent of whom were women. This is tough to quantify but they had the participants complete an engagement prediction survey and set a diabetes management goal for the day when they woke up, and also completed an evening survey. These questions were about mood, motivation, control beliefs, social support, stress, general health, self-esteem, and perceived need for assistance.

Of note, lower morning glucose levels correlated with measures of good sleep, high motivation, and good health, whereas higher morning glucose levels were associated with illness and feeling the need for support.
https://www.medwirenews.com/diabetes/morning-mindset-daily-glucose-fluctuations-young-people-diabetes/23255450
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Good catch by our friend Nerdabetic over on Twitter.. One Drop plans to enter what they’re calling the continuous health sensing market with a daily disposable, minimally invasive biosensor in development. They say this is designed to provide greater flexibility and insights for people living with diabetes compared to blood glucose monitor (BGM) fingersticks alone. The availability of our continuous health sensor is subject to receipt of clearance or approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Pending regulatory approval and commercial adoption, we believe integrating the One Drop health sensor with our existing digital solution, One Drop Premium, should augment proven outcomes and yearly cost savings for members living with diabetes and other chronic conditions.
https://onedrop.today/blogs/blog/bgm-vs-cgm?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social-organic&utm_campaign=social-campaign_jul-2022&utm_content=blog
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Navitus Health Solutions, which is owned by Costco & SSM Health – has joined CivicaScript as a founding member. CivicaScript was created in 2020 to bring affordable versions of common but high-priced generic medicines to market. Earlier this year they announced they would be adding insulin to that list, but it likely won’t be available for at least two years. This partnership would seem to insure the lower cost insulin will be available at Costco pharmacies, which you don’t have to have a membership to use.

https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20220713005349/en/Navitus-Health-Solutions-Joins-CivicaScriptTM-to-Further-Availability-of-Lower-Cost-Generic-Medications/?fbclid=IwAR0vBF0YlCo9ZJ-9Yd0nLag_Mjuf8s4YpnR9IJVudvVGDR1Rj508HSd_kXw
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Right back to the news in a moment but first As I mentioned, The T1D Exchange Registry is an online research study, designed to harness the power of individuals with type 1 diabetes. It’s a research study conducted online over time, designed to foster innovation and improve the lives of people with T1D. Personal information remains confidential and participation is fully voluntary. Once enrolled, participants will complete annual surveys and have the opportunity to sign up for other studies on specific topics related to T1D. By sharing opinions, experiences and data, patients can help advance meaningful T1D treatment, care and policy Sign up at T1DExchange.org slash Stacey (that’s S-T-A-C-E-Y).
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The Food and Drug Administration received more than a thousand comments—mainly from diabetes patients and their family members—in response to draft cybersecurity guidance. These are for staff to use when processing submissions from medical-device manufacturers.

“Please do not let medical device manufacturers use cybersecurity as a pretense to prevent me from accessing my OWN devices,” reads one entry from a sample of the comments FDA posted to the docket on the guidance.

Howard Look, CEO of Tidepool is quoted in some of the article around this. Tidepool provides software that allows patients to see their data and better manage the disease. And supporters are working to make Tidepool Loop the first FDA approved app for more convenient automated insulin delivery.
“Following best practices for cybersecurity does not need to imply blocking patient users from accessing their own data or controlling their own devices,” the comments read. “Tidepool asserts there is a risk that the FDA guidance will be interpreted or misinterpreted to suggest restriction of access by the patient user is appropriate or encouraged. The FDA can mitigate this risk by clearly stating a patient user’s access to and use of their own device can be considered authorized access, and should not be considered a cybersecurity threat.”
With a 90-day public comment period ending Thursday, the FDA will now begin the process of finalizing cybersecurity guidance for its pre-market submissions, according to a notice in the Federal Register.

https://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2022/07/diabetes-patients-flood-fda-comments-cybersecurity-medical-devices/374020/
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Congrats to the team over at Divabetic Podcast – which celebrates 12 years this month! Divabetic was inspired by the late R&B legend, Luther Vandross, and founded in 2005 by his long-time assistant, Max “Mr. Divabetic” Szadek. It’s now a national nonprofit organization that uses highly engaged, non-traditional virtual programs, videos and podcasts to promote prevention, early action and education. Congrats to Max and the entire team!
https://divabetic.org/about-us/
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Next week you’ll hear from the folks at Diabetes Wise – that’s a website to help you choose diabetes technology.. they’ve added information for doctors – this may help you educate your heathcare providers on why you want the pump or cgm system that you do.. the long format episode out right now is all about campviews, a new system that lets diabetes camps see every camper’s CGM all at once.
Listen wherever you get your podcasts
That’s In the News for this week.. if you like it, please share it! Thanks for joining me! See you back here soon.

Jul 12, 2022

It’s that time of year - diabetes camps are in full swing. As remote monitoring technology changes, many camps are adapting as well. There’s a new system that lets camp staff monitor everyone’s CGM, all at once. That’s Sarah Gleich, executive director of the Nevada California Diabetes Association. We’ll find out more about what’s called CampViews, where it’s already in place, how it’s going and whether it’ll change diabetes camp for good. This technology could also make a big difference for hospitals, nursing homes and other health facilities.

This podcast is not intended as medical advice. If you have those kinds of questions, please contact your health care provider.

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Jul 5, 2022

Her daughter was diagnosed during the first year of COVID.. now Katie Roseborough is looking to help other moms by sharing her story. Katie’s started a podcast; she talks about why and shares stories about her family’s experience. She has three kids, only one with type 1.

More about Katie here https://www.sugarmamaspodcast.com/

Book presales are open! "STILL The World's Worst Diabetes Mom" will be out this fall. Order now and use promo code "Earlybird" to save $5!

https://diabetes-connections.com/book-store/

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Jul 1, 2022

Top stories in the news this week: researchers are testing an injection to help prevent type 1 diabetes while not harming the immune system, a new study looks at older adults and CGM use, help for pharmacists when it comes to prescribing CGM and a new group takes over the Lilly Diabetes Journey Award Medals. Plus, amazing feats of endurance from ultra athletes with type 1 diabetes.

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Hello and welcome to Diabetes Connections In the News! I’m Stacey Simms and these are the top diabetes stories and headlines of the past seven days.
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In the news is brought to you by T1D Exchange! T1D Exchange is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving outcomes for the entire T1D population.
https://t1dexchange.org/stacey/
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Interesting new study looking at preventing type 1. The drug, currently known as IMCY-0098, blocks the immune system response that is thought to be the trigger. Very early on here, the Oxford scientists who are part of the study say it will likely be at least ten years before they’ll be able to bring it to market, if it works. One of the most promising aspects is that the injection seems to only target production of cells that damage the immune system, so it doesn’t seem to affect the body’s ability to protect itself against other infections.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-10952755/Type-1-diabetes-stopped-strikes-thanks-simple-jab.html
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No surprise but glad this is being looked at. Older adults with type 1 diabetes using CGMs for the first time had lower A1Cs AND fewer lows. This study called WISDM - Wireless Innovation for Seniors with Diabetes Mellitus (WISDM) followed adults over 60 for six months. These researchers say the benefits of CGM combined with recently improved Medicare coverage should serve to increase adoption of CGM as standard of care in all adult populations, especially older people who are at increased risk of hypoglycemia.
https://www.healio.com/news/endocrinology/20220627/cgm-improves-time-in-range-reduces-hba1c-for-older-adults-with-type-1-diabetes
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New resource thanks to the Helmsley Trust. This is for pharmacists and it’s hoped it will expand patient access to CGMs. The release says Involving pharmacists in providing access is especially important for rural communities where they may be the most reachable healthcare professionals given the lack of diabetes specialists across the U.S. The guide was developed by the American Pharmacists Association and its Foundation
http://ow.ly/zZ3c50Jz20f
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Looks like the Lilly Diabetes Journey Award Medals are getting a second life. As we reported back in January, after nearly 50 years, Lilly decided to end the program which gives a small medal for 10,25, 50 and 75 years of living with diabetes. The group Children with Diabetes – best known for putting on the Friends for Life Conference has taken it over. They’ll now be called the CWD Journey Awards. You don’t have to attend one of their conferences to get one and there is no cost. I’ll give you the link to learn more and order one.
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The vets and keepers at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) diagnosed the first reported case of diabetes in a giant anteater.
Stephanie Mota, resident veterinary surgeon at RZSS said: “Keepers first discovered something was wrong when Nala was losing weight despite eating the same amount, or sometimes even more, than usual.
“We carried out a full health check under general anaesthetic, running lots of tests and found that Nala has type 1 diabetes.”
While the condition is known to occur in domestic cats, dogs and in tamanduas (Tuh-man-doo-uhs) in the wild, no other cases have been reported in giant anteaters. BTW a Tu-man-doo-uh is a smaller anteater and I spent far too much time today watching videos of them because I had never head of them and they are amazing.
Dexcom donated the CGM to the Zoo’s charity. The story I read here says. Due to her lovely personality, Nala is the ideal candidate for this technology which helps us, and her amazing team of keepers, manage her condition in the best possible way.
https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/people/edinburgh-zoo-monitor-uks-first-diabetic-giant-anteater-with-blood-glucose-monitor-usually-used-on-humans-3749422
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Right back to the news in a moment but first As I mentioned, The T1D Exchange Registry is an online research study, designed to harness the power of individuals with type 1 diabetes. It’s a research study conducted online over time, designed to foster innovation and improve the lives of people with T1D. Personal information remains confidential and participation is fully voluntary. Once enrolled, participants will complete annual surveys and have the opportunity to sign up for other studies on specific topics related to T1D. By sharing opinions, experiences and data, patients can help advance meaningful T1D treatment, care and policy Sign up at T1DExchange.org slash Stacey (that’s S-T-A-C-E-Y).
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Some great stories from our amazing community. First, Sebastien Sassevile completed the world's toughest ultra-cycling race, the Race Across America. It took 12 days and over 3-thousand miles. Sasseville who lives with type 1 basically spent 20 hours a day on his bike. He’s the first person with type 1 to finish this grueling race.
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Don Muchow told us he was going to do it and the 60 year old has finished a 10k swim around Key West. I spoke to Muchow just after his 2021 Disney to Disney run – that’s Disneyland in California to Disneyworld in Florida and he alluded to doing this race next. I’ve linked up his race report blog.. it’s a very interesting read, especially how he treated a high blood glucose with more carbs. He came in second overall and first male in any age group.

https://swimswam.com/60-year-old-iron-man-don-muchow-swims-around-key-west-for-diabetes-awareness/
https://t1determined.org/event-report-swim-around-key-west-10k/?fbclid=IwAR1U7XdI4_uw9OSe994TKuu7IuYjWC8FwHhby0Pm-RRzDIYAd9pGCMj6AD0
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And finally, another former guest Dr. Nat Strand who works at the Mayo Clinic debuted a film she made with colleagues. It tells the story of what it is to be Black at Mayo Clinic, in healthcare, in America. Dr. Strand says, “By providing a platform for 12 courageous individuals to share their realities, we hope to move viewers toward active antiracism and start the conversation for many to continue.”

 

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Next week you’ll hear from Katie who started a podcast when she didn’t hear the diabetes show she wanted.. that sounds familiar. You may know her online as Sugarmama Podcast. The long format episode out right now is all about the new documentary regarding stem cell research, talking to the director of “The Human Trial” i
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Jun 28, 2022

This summer we get a behind the scenes look at the evolution of stem cells as a functional cure for type 1. The Human Trial is new documentary that follows the process and the filmmakers are incredibly optimistic about what they’ve seen. Co-director Lisa Hepner lives with type 1. She’s says she’s knows to be careful about “the cure in five years’ kind of statements but is convinced this is the real deal. We’ll talk about the the film, the process, the science and a lot more.

Listen to our first interview with Lisa Hepner from 2016

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