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Jun 24, 2022

It’s “In the News..” got a few minutes? Get caught up! Top stories this week: The US Senate may have a bipartisan plan to lower the price of insulin for the insured, nasal insulin is tested to reduce the risk of Alzheimer's in people with diabetes, two interesting studies about sleep and diabetes, 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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Two Senators have unveiled legislation aimed at lowering the cost of insulin, but not for the uninsured. This is a bipartisan bill that would lower patietn’s cost to 35-dollars a month, for those with commercial insurance and on Medicare. It would eliminate the rebates drug companies pay to negotiators known as pharmacy benefit managers if the drug company kept the overall price of insulin below a certain level. Democrats are also in the midst of talks on a party-line package on President Biden’s economic agenda that would likely include reductions in insulin costs as well as broader measures aimed at lowering drug prices, which could complicate any push for a stand-alone insulin measure. This change has enormous support among Americans, but can’t seem to get any real traction in Washington despite who’s in power. We’ll see what happens..

https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/3531954-bipartisan-pair-of-senators-unveils-bill-to-lower-insulin-costs/
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Nasal insulin doesn’t look like it works too well on diabetes, but a new study shows it may help to slow age related mental decline. This study found that after 12 months of once daily intranasal insulin, people with diabetes in the study performed better on cognitive tests than those diabetics in the placebo group. The non-diabetic group receiving the intranasal insulin also displayed improvements on decision making and verbal memory tests compared to non-diabetics in the placebo group.
The biggest improvements in the non-diabetic group were seen in those subjects who started the trial in a prediabetic state. This suggests the treatment may be most effective at slowing cognitive decline in either diabetics or those with prediabetes.
https://newatlas.com/health-wellbeing/insulin-nasal-spray-cognitive-decline-dementia-clinical-trial/
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Go to sleep, and don’t breathe too much. Researchers in the U.K. will test hypoxia to treat type 2 diabetes. Hypoxia is a state where the body does not receive sufficient amounts of oxygen.

Multiple studies have shown that hypoxia improves blood sugar levels and aids in weight loss. Although scientists do not fully understand how this works, it is suggested that hypoxia burns more calories in the body, resulting in lower appetites in individuals. These researchers want to recruit volunteers so they can figure out why. Each volunteer will be provided with a sleeping tent in which they have to sleep – at home - for 10-day periods on two separate occasions. For one of they nights, they oxygen levels will be set to 15 percent. That sounds ridiculous, but, the air we breathe right now is only about 21% oxygen. 15-percent is pretty typical for find at high altitudes or inside an airplane.
https://interestingengineering.com/lose-weight-while-asleep
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Another look at sleeping and type 2.. an exposure to light may increase the risk. Big sleep study at Northwestern University found that exposure to any amount of light during the sleep period was correlated with the higher prevalence of diabetes, obesity and hypertension in both older men and women. A study published earlier this year by the same team found for healthy adults in their 20s. Sleeping for only one night with a dim light, such as a TV set with the sound off, raised the blood sugar and heart rate.
An elevated heart rate at night has been shown in prior studies to be a risk factor for future heart disease and early death, while higher blood sugar levels are a sign of insulin resistance, which can ultimately lead to type 2 diabetes.
Instead of pulling people into a sleep lab, the new study used a real-world setting. Researchers gave 552 men and women between the ages of 63 and 84 an actigraph, a small device worn like a wristwatch that measures sleep cycles, average movement and light exposure.
Fewer than half of the adults in the study got five hours of darkness at night.
those who had higher amounts of light at night were also the most likely to have diabetes, obesity or hypertension."
Strategies for reducing light levels at night include positioning your bed away from windows or using light-blocking window shades. Don't charge laptops and cellphones in your bedroom where melatonin-altering blue light can disrupt your sleep. If low levels of light persist, try a sleep mask to shelter your eyes.
In that case, consider using nightlights positioned very low to the ground, and choose lights with an amber or red color. That spectrum of light has a longer wavelength, and is less intrusive and disruptive to our circadian rhythm, or body clock, than shorter wavelengths such as blue light.

https://www.cnn.com/2022/06/22/health/light-exposure-sleep-study-wellness/index.html
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https://medicalxpress.com/news/2022-06-reveals-key-diabetes-drug-nature.htmlXX
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Nice story out of Kansas City where Chiefs offensive tackle Orlando Brown Jr. publicly enrolled himself in a TrialNet study. His brother lives with type 1 and his father died of DKA without knowing he had diabetes. Brown said he hopes participating in the trial will help others while helping himself and his family.

https://www.kshb.com/sports/chiefs-orlando-brown-jr-enrolls-in-trialnet-study-for-type-1-diabetes
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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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Congrats to the great team of Ginger Vieira and Mike Lawson on their newest book. Ain’t Gonna Hide My T1D. Sherry the Sheep loves to draw and play basketball, but she’s worried about what her friends will think if they see her insulin & CGM. Ginger and Mike are long time advocates who both live with type 1. This is their 3rd children’s book together and I think they do a great job of balancing fun and education.
https://smile.amazon.com/Aint-Gonna-Hide-My-T1D/dp/B0B455DL45/ref=sr_1_4?qid=1655748198&refinements=p_27:GingerVieira&s=books&sr=1-4&text=GingerVieira
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And finally, The Human Trial premieres this weekend. This is a documentary all about stem cell transplantation as a functional cure for type 1. I first spoke to the people behind this film back in 2016 when they were well underway. The movie follows the first two patients in the Viacyte trials. You can host your own screening.. I’ll link up more information – as I do with all of these stories - in the show notes.
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And.. The Human Trial will be subject of next week’s long format show. My interview with Lisa Hepner is a follow up to the one six years ago when we first discussed this project. We go into the details of stem cell research, what changed and what she’s seen behind the scenes. The current long-format episode out now is all about Skirt My Pump, an ingenious idea from a women who’s lived with type 1 for 40 years and got fed up with figuring out where to put her pump.
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Jun 17, 2022

It’s “In the News..” got a few minutes? Get caught up! Top stories this week: Tandem Diabetes announces a limited launch of their mobile bolus feature (signup below), researchers look at how Basaglar stacks up, new guidelines for diabetes in the hospital, a T1D extreme athlete bikes across the USA 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. we go live on social media first and then All sources linked up at diabetes dash connections dot com when this airs as a podcast.
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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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Tandem’s mobile bolus feature is in limited release. Approved earlier this year, they’ve released the feature to a very small number of users and are expecting a wider, still limited, release in the next few weeks. This is the feature that allows you to bolus by phone and use the t-connect app to see pump data on your phone as well. It’s not full pump control via phone, but it’s a big step forward in terms of convenience for users and for Tandem’ next product, the MOBI pump – which won’t have a screen and will have full phone control. I’m asking Tandem to come on the show and share more about the features and how it works. It’s interesting that you can’t dismiss alerts and alarms from the app and must do so on the pump itself. I’ll link up the site you need to sign up for the limited release. You will need to update the software on your tslim x2 pump and take some additional online training. This is US only.
https://www.tandemdiabetes.com/landing-pages/remote-bolus
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The Eversense E3 gets European approval. This is a partnership between Ascensia diabetes care and Senseonics. The E3 is the six month version of the implantable CGM system. It’s also approved for insulin treatment decisions, which is a switch from the XL version already available in Europe. The E3 was approved in the US earlier this year and should be distributed in Europe in the fall.
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/ascensia-diabetes-care-announces-european-060000125.html
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New guidelines for treating diabetes in the hospital. This is from the Endocrine Society, which last updated their guidelines ten years ago. New this time around, hospital use of continuous glucose monitoring and insulin pump therapy, providing inpatient diabetes education as part of a comprehensive diabetes discharge-planning process, use of noninsulin glucose-lowering therapies, and more.
Adult patients with diabetes or newly recognized hyperglycemia account for greater than 30% of noncritically ill hospitalized patients.
https://www.clinicaladvisor.com/home/topics/endocrinology-information-center/endocrine-society-issues-new-guidelines-for-hospitalized-patients-with-diabetes/
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Works just as well and costs less.. that’s the upshot of a new study on Basaglar, the copycat insulin to Lantus when it comes to type 2 diabetes. The findings come from 14 commercial health plans and Medicare Advantage plans. Basaglar was approved as a biosimilar insulin glargine by the US Food and Drug Administration in 2015. This was a large study of thousands of patients and also showed that there was better adherence to Basaglar, no reason for that was given, but it could be the lower cost.
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/975440
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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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Very early but Swedish researchers have now identified a molecule that helps stimulate the growth of new insulin-producing cells, and uncovered how it works. These researchers looked at a molecule known as CID661578 and found that it binds to a protein called MNK2. In doing so, it allows two other proteins to interact at higher levels, which ultimately leads to greater beta cell regeneration. The team tested their molecule in zebrafish, and found that it lowered blood glucose levels when compared to a control group. In pig pancreas cells grown in the lab, the molecule was shown to trigger the formation of new beta cells, while human pancreas organoids given the molecule produced more insulin.
Long way to go, but still interesting.
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Type 1 Endurance athlete Sebastien Sasseville is taking part in the race across American this week. Called the world’s premier ultra endurance race, it’s literally a cycling event from the West Coast to the East Coast with a maximum lenthg of 12 days. That mean they have to cover about 275 miles every day.
The original concept runs all the way back to 1887 when newspaperman George Nellis rode across the country via railroad routes in 80 days. The more modern version began in the 1970s, when John Marino decided to see how fast he could get across the country on a bicycle. The first head-to-head race came in 1982, and there were four starters.
It's been called a brutal version of the tour de France. Sasseville has been on the show before and I’ll catch up with him after he recovers here. He’s been up Mt Everest, ran across Canada and did the brutal race across the Sahara Desert. He’s sponsored by Tandem.
https://cyclingtips.com/2022/06/how-to-watch-race-across-america-raam-route-map-elevation-live-dot-watching/
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On this week’s long format episode, you’ll hear my conversation with Sernova’s CEO all about their cell therapy and the search for a functional cure for type 1. Next week, a little less technology.. a fun conversation with a woman frustrated with the limits of wearing her pump, especially with skirts, so she found a new solution.
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Jun 10, 2022

It's "In the News.." got a few minutes? Get caught up! Top stories this week: The Federal Trade Commission probes the prescription drug middleman industry, once a week basal insulin moves forward, DIY insuln dosing systems get a thumbs up at ADA Scientific Sessions, Sernova's stem cell system releases great findings 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. we go live on social media first and then All sources linked up at diabetes dash connections dot com when this airs as a podcast.
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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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The Federal Trade Commission will launch an inquiry into the prescription drug middleman industry.. requiring the six largest pharmacy benefit managers to provide information and records. They’re looking at PBMs such as CVS Caremark; Express Scripts, Inc.; OptumRx, Inc.; Humana Inc and more. The largest PBMs are now vertically integrated with the largest health insurance companies and wholly owned mail order and specialty pharmacies. In these roles, pharmacy benefit managers often have enormous influence on which drugs are prescribed to patients, which pharmacies patients can use, and how much patients ultimately pay at the pharmacy counter.
https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/news/press-releases/2022/06/ftc-launches-inquiry-prescription-drug-middlemen-industry?utm_campaign=https://www.ftc.gov/news-&utm_content=1654622484&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter
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Confirming what many of you have known for years.. an open-source automated insulin delivery system -- also known as a do-it-yourself system -- was both safe and effective for patients with type 1 diabetes. This is from the CREATE trial, designed to test DIY system, presented for the first time at the ADA Scientific Sessions. This system was made up of the OpenAPS algorithm from a version of AndroidAPS implemented in a smartphone, paired with the DANA-i insulin pump and Dexcom G6 continuous glucose monitor. The researchers previously published additional information in the Journal of Diabetes & Metabolic Disorders.
https://www.medpagetoday.com/meetingcoverage/ada/99109
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Stem cell study showing great results. Sernova says the first three patients of six total continue to be insulin independent following treatment. One of the patients has been insulin-free for more than two years, while the other two have been free of the need for medication injections for six months and three months, respectively. At this point, the other three patients in the study have not had the device long enough to determine measurable results. The first three all have A1Cs in a normal, nondiabetic range.
Sernova's Cell Pouch is an implantable device that releases the primary donor islets. The device is implanted under the skin in a minimally-invasive procedure. We’re talking to Sernova for next week’s show; long way to go here but another good result for stem cells.
https://www.biospace.com/article/sernova-cell-pouch-device-keeps-type-1-diabetes-patient-insulin-free-for-two-years/
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Getting closer to once-a-week basal insulin. New study says Novo Nordisk insulin icodec achieved better results than Lantus in some aspects of the study and that overall it was – this is interesting wording – non-inferior. Another previous study showed it also matched well to Tresiba, but that Tresiba caused fewer lows than the once-weekly basal. This study was about type 2 diabetes but insuln icodec is in other trials for people with type 1.

https://www.biospace.com/article/novo-nordisk-scores-phase-iii-insulin-win-strengthening-market-position/
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New partnership between Diabeloop – which makes an automated insulin algorithm - and SOOIL which makes pumps. These are two French companies that have been working together since 2020 but this new announcement was delayed by COVID. They want to bring the product – Diabeloop’s DBLG-1 I controller and SOOIL’s Dana ACE Pump to the US, Europe and Korea.
https://www.drugdeliverybusiness.com/diabeloop-sooil-automated-insulin-diabetes/
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Civica continues to move ahead with the development of its affordable insulins. They’ve announced they’ll partner with the German company Profil for the clinical trials. Civica plans to set a maximum recommended price to the consumer of no more than $30 per vial and no more than $55 for a box of five pen cartridges. Contingent on FDA approval, Civica anticipates that its insulins will be available for purchase beginning in 2024.
https://www.healthcarepackaging.com/supplier-news/news/22262909/civicarx-civica-selects-profil-as-clinical-trial-partner-for-affordable-insulin-initiative
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New study out of Israel shows that obesity in teenagers may lead to type 1 diabetes a few years later. The study, of nearly 1.5 million Israeli teenagers, found that those who were obese were twice as likely to develop type 1 diabetes by young adulthood, versus those in the normal weight range. The senior researcher on the study says it’s not clear why obesity would raise the risk of type 1. They think it may the a trigger in people with genetically susceptible. Obesity also has other effects — including vitamin D deficiency and alterations in the gut's bacterial makeup — that could impair immune function.
https://www.usnews.com/news/health-news/articles/2022-06-06/obesity-in-teen-years-might-trigger-type-1-diabetes
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Right back to the news in a moment but first we’ve got a new sponsor. 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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On this week’s long format episode, you’ll hear my conversation with Dexcom’s CEO Kevin Sayer. We get more information about the G7 launch, after FDA approval of course and I asked him your questions about everything from IOS issues to airport scanners. Next week, Sernova joins me to explain their stem cell pouch technology
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Jun 3, 2022

Got a few minutes? Get caught up on the top diabetes stories and headlines of the past week.

The FDA approves Abbott's Freestyle Libre, Dexcom addresses reports it may buy Insulet, Ozempic becomes a TikTok trend, Diabetes Scholarships for college 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. we go live on social media first and then All sources linked up at diabetes dash connections dot com when this airs as a podcast.
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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, FreeStye Libre 3 gets FDA approval. This is a 14 -day CGM, Abbot says it’s smaller and thinner, about the size of two pennies stacked up. Abbott also claims Libre 3 is the most accurate 14-day CGM based on new results. It’s worth noting that there isn’t another 14-day CGM on the market.. Dexcom is ten days and the upcoming G7 seems to have similar accuracy. However, Libre is less expensive and they say there will be no price increase for this new model.
Libre has had iCGM designation since the Libre 2 – but the FDA says it’s still not allowed for use with automated insulin delivery systems. I’ve asked to speak with Abbott and we’ll find out more about why that is and what the company plans to do if it can’t integrate with insulin pumps in the US.

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Meanwhile, Dexcom pushes back on talk that it was interested in acquiring Insulet. Here’s part of the quote: It is generally our policy not to comment on rumors or speculation, however, in light of recent sustained media and market speculation as well as the upcoming American Diabetes Association conference, we wish to confirm that Dexcom is not in active discussions regarding a merger transaction at this time. We do not intend to comment further on this topic and we assume no obligation to make any further announcement or disclosure should circumstances change."
I’m set to talk to Dexcom’s CEO at ADA and I’ll definitely ask him about this, even though they say they won’t comment further. I do think it’s interesting they use the word “merger” and not also “acquisition” – but the stock market seems to believe them. Dexcom went up on the news.
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New information could link environmental pollution to type 1. New study from Norway says even low concentrations of such pollutants can result in cells producing less insulin. New cases in Norway have doubled in children and teens since the 1970s. This study also included samples from American kids. Overall, the researchers found a larger proportion of those with type 1 diabetes these pollutants in their blood. They also found when mice were exposed to the pollutants, insulin production went down.

https://www.news-medical.net/news/20220530/Environmental-pollutants-may-be-the-reason-behind-development-of-type-1-diabetes.aspx

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Whey protein may be the next big thing for people with type 2. Drinking a pre-made shot before meals with a low dose of whey protein seems to help better control blood glucose levels. In this study, people went about their daily lives with no changes but the whey drink. Then they spent a week with no whey, all while wearing a CGM. On average, people had two hours additional per day of normal blood sugar levels compared to the week they skipped the protein drink. The researchers believe the whey slows down food in the digestive system and also stimulate hormones than help keep glucose from rising. This was a small study, but you can bet you’ll be hearing a lot more follow up.. it’s a simple and promising treatment.
https://scitechdaily.com/just-a-small-amount-of-protein-supplement-helps-control-type-2-diabetes/
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At least at one hospital, the pandemic showed the telemedicine and CGM use can make a big difference in kids with type 1. For the study published in BMC Pediatrics, these researchers used data from Children's Medical Center Dallas . While the number of office visits among patients decreased during the pandemic, there was no effect on disease management in this group – both glucose control and hospitalization rates were unchanged. However, the results highlighted existing disparities among patients in minority and low-income demographics. Both before and during the pandemic, Black and Hispanic patients and those without commercial insurance had worse glucose control and higher hospitalization rates. There was however a dramatic increase in CGM use by patients without commercial insurance, likely because it was then that CGM was offered to Medicaid recipients in Texas.
The researchers believe the increased use of continuous glucose monitoring along with the successful implementation of telemedicine greatly contributed to preventing worse outcomes in this patient population.
https://www.news-medical.net/news/20220531/Telemedicine-continuous-glucose-monitoring-helped-attenuate-COVID-19-impact-on-children-with-Type-1-diabetes.aspx
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Heads up if you take Ozempic, might want to get that prescription squared away and filled.. a quote - “unexpected increase in consumer demand” seems to have come because of a Tik Tok trend. TikTok users have been documenting their weight loss using the hashtag #ozempic, even though it’s not approved for that use, only for treatment of type 2. This seems to be more of an issue in Australia and the UK.
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/may/31/shortage-of-diabetes-medication-ozempic-after-tiktok-users-promote-drug-for-weight-loss
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Right back to the news in a moment but first we’ve got a new sponsor. 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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ADA Scientific Sessions kicks off today and continues through the weekend. I have a virtual press pass and I’m sure next week’s newscast will be chock full of newly released studies. My email is already full of the previews and I wish all my friends traveling to the first in person scientific sessions since I believe 2019 a safe trip.
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Congrats to the newest class of Diabetes Scholars! Beyond Type 1’s program awarded over 50 scholarships to students living with Type 1 diabetes in 2022. At over $166,000 these scholarships are made possible by individual donors and partner organizations. New this year, the Lilly Diabetes Thom Scher Policy plus advocacy scholarship. Thom was the CEO of Beyond Type 1 until his sudden death last year. The Scholarship in his name is for a student with a strong background in type 1 diabetes policy and advocacy.
100% of scholarship funds donated by individuals or partners are awarded to recipients, with Beyond Type 1 absorbing all operational costs associated with the program.
https://diabetesscholars.org/class-of-2022/
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On this week’s long format episode, you’ll hear about Savannah Johnson’s Type 1 Way Ticket. Next week, Dexcom CEO Kevin Sayer from ADA.
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May 27, 2022

It’s in the news! Got a few minutes? Get caught up! Top stories this week: Dexcom is reportedly in talks to buy Omnipod, Abbott & Dexcom sue and countersue each other over patents, new study showing people with type 1 diabetes are living longer, a JDRF advocate climbs Mt Everest, and more!

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Our top story this week is still developing.. but Bloomberg reports that Dexcom is in talks to acquire Insulet, the makers of Omnipod. Neither company has commented publicly on the report. Bloombeg says, “Talks between the companies are ongoing and an agreement could be reached in the coming weeks, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the information is private. Discussions could still be delayed or fall apart, the people said.”
Insulet’s stock has gone up and Dexcom’s has gone down. These companies already have an agreement in which the Omnipod and Dexcom CGMs communicate.. Dexcom also has an agreement with Tandem and some other companies – those aren’t expected to change in the short term, but there are a lot more questions than answers about this report. I’m scheduled to talk to Dexcom’s CEO in early June and we’ll continue to follow this story.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-05-23/dexcom-is-said-in-talks-to-acquire-device-firm-insulet
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Meanwhile, Dexcom and Abbott are currently going head-to-head over twelve separate patents covering their respective CGMs. Both companies are launching newer products soon, with the Dexcom G7 and Freestyle Libre 3 already available in Germany. Dexcom first sued in 2021.. Abbot then countersued.
A UK High Court will hold three separate technical trials, planned for December 2022, April 2023 and July 2023.
https://www.juve-patent.com/news-and-stories/cases/dexcom-and-abbotts-fight-over-glucose-monitoring-patents-intensifies-in-europe/
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People with type 1 diabetes are living longer according to a new study based on data from Australia, Denmark, Latvia, Scotland, Spain, and the United States. The years analyzed varied by country, but overall, they cover 2000 to 2016 and include 1.5 million person-years. The data show that country-by-country annual changes in age- and sex-standardized all-cause mortality among people with T1D dropped by between 2% and nearly 6% over the study period. The risk of dying was still higher than in people without type 1, mostly because of diabetes complications.
https://www.ajmc.com/view/all-cause-mortality-falling-among-people-with-type-1-diabetes
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A new study finds that herpes virus may contribute increased risk of type 2 diabetes. Herpes viruses are one of the most common viruses in humans, with 8 types currently known. Any of these can cause lifelong latent infections after an initial, usually mild or asymptomatic primary infection. Until recently, viruses had only been proposed as a potential trigger for the development of type 1 diabetes. This study was based on health data from nearly 2000 people, men and women, in Germany. The researchers found that herpes viruses consistently and complementarily contributed to the development of prediabetes and diabetes, even after accounting for sex, age, BMI, education, smoking, physical activity, parental diabetes, hypertension, lipid levels, insulin resistance, and fasting glucose.
https://www.pharmacytimes.com/view/study-herpesvirus-infection-may-increase-risk-of-diabetes
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This one sounds kind of odd, but a one-time diabetes treatment may lower average blood sugar and improve long-term insulin resistance and pancreatic function. The company is Fractyl, the treamtment is an outpatient proceure that applies heat to the intestinal walls to – quote – strip out and reset the mucosal lining, which can thicken over years from dietary fats, sugars and other foods. Fractyl believes this thickening contributes to the insulin resistance seen in Type 2 diabetes. The device has breakthrough FDA designation, but no approval yet. It is approved in Europe.
https://www.fiercebiotech.com/medtech/fractyl-shows-its-intestine-resurfacing-device-type-2-diabetes-improves-insulin-resistance
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Right back to the news in a moment but first we’ve got a new sponsor. 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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Cameron Kenny just climbed Mt Everest and unfurled the JDRF flag at the summit. Kenny doesn’t live with diabetes, but his brother does. Kenny is an accomplished climber and raised money for JDRF during his prep and climb of Everest. I can’t seem to find his brother’s name anywhere, even in the JDRF posts, so if you know this family, please let me know.
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On this week’s long format episode, you’ll hear about Mike Joyce is set to complete an incredible long-distance hiking trail. It’s actually three trails – the longest in the US – he’ll talk about how he does this with type 1. Next week, type one way ticket travel – a new way to get teenagers with T1D to experience international adventure travel.
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May 20, 2022

It's in the news! Got a few minutes? Get caught up! Top stories this week: new research that keeps beta cells safer after transplant, a new drug for type 2 also shows weight loss success, the makers of Afrezza buy a simple patch pump, Beyond Type 1 tackles mental health and diabetes and lots more!

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Our top story, another approach to beta cell encapsulation. There are a few methods being tested to protect the transplanted cells from the body’s immune system. A new and promising one seems to be a new biomaterial in the form of microgel beads. This study was in mice only but after three months the beta cells survived and maintained blood sugar levels with no rejection drugs. Interestingly, this study put the cells into the omentum, not the liver as is apparently the usual spot. I never heard of the omentum.. in case you haven’t, it’s a layer of tissue connecting the stomach with the other abdominal organs. It’s non-vital so it’s safer if any complications take place. No word on when human trials might begin here.
https://newatlas.com/medical/microgel-beads-safer-path-cell-transplants-treat-diabetes/
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FDA approval for a new injection for type 2 diabetes called Mounjaro. It’s made by Eli Illy and is shown to lower blood sugar and can help patients lose weight. Existing medicines target a hormone called the glucagon-like peptide-1 that is involved in the control of blood sugar. But Mounjaro targets a second hormone, the glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide, as well. It is the first medicine to target both. While not yet approved as an obesity treatment, it’s performed very well in clinical trials for weight loss. One study showed it helped patients lose an average of 16 to 22 percent of their weight: That’s on par with bariatric surgery
https://www.statnews.com/2022/05/13/fda-approves-lilly-diabetes-drug-that-analysts-expect-to-be-a-big-seller/

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Big deal for MannKind, the makers of Afrezza inhalable insulin. They’re acquiring Zealand Pharma’s wearable V-Go Insulin Delivery Device. The V-Go is a patch pump that’s meant for people with type 2 – it delivers basal insulin at a set rate all day long and can give boluses only in increments of 2 units of insulin at a time, up to 36 units in 24 hours. The deal is expected to close by the end of the month.
https://www.mddionline.com/diabetes/mannkind-acquires-wearable-insulin-device-zealand-pharma
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Young adults who were at risk of food insecurity had an increased incidence of diabetes 10 years later, according to the results of a study from Washington State University. Although previous research has associated food insecurity with a range of health issues, this study showed a connection over time, which could indicate a causal relationship. The investigators could not identify the exact reason for this connection, previous research has shown that food-insecure households often have diets with lower nutritional values. The study results did not indicate differences among ethnicities or races, but they also said that a limitation of the study was the number of minorities in the sample, which could be too low to show a pattern, according to investigators. The investigators plan to evaluate food insecurity risk and health issues within American Indian and Alaska Native and American Indian populations, which they said are often left out of annual reports on food insecurity.

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Beyond Type 1 has a new mental health portal.. announced as part of this Mental Health Awareness Month. The global nonprofit is partnering with BetterHelp to provide affordable mental health resources and services to its online community with two weeks of free, professional online therapy. Beyond Type 1 will continue to expand the resources available on the site.. it’s not just for this month.

https://beyondtype1.org/mental-health/.
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Another entry into the quest to find a non-invasive way to monitor glucose. Movano Inc reports they have – quote - successfully validated the functionality of its proprietary and patented system-on-a-chip. They say this is designed specifically for blood pressure or glucose monitoring systems. It’s very early here.. they are also creating a prototype for clinical studies. But this tech got them a new patent. We’re keeping an eye on these non-invasive devices – it remains to be seen if any will be accurate enough to use to dose insulin.

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/movano-successfully-completes-functional-testing-of-smallest-ever-custom-mmwave-sensor-designed-for-non-invasive-glucose-and-cuffless-blood-pressure-monitoring-301545710.html

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Right back to the news in a moment but first we’ve got a new sponsor. 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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Back to the news.. Big candy recall, so heads up if you use any of these for lows. It includes specific varieties of SKITTLES® Gummies, STARBURST® Gummies, and LIFE SAVERS® Gummies due to the potential presence of a very thin metal strand embedded in the gummies or loose in the bag. No illness or injuries have been reported. I’ll link up the specific lot and manufacturer information.
https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/mars-wrigley-confectionery-us-llc-issues-voluntary-recall-specific-varieties-skittlesr-gummies
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A college fashion design major has a unique senior project. Naomi Kinnamon spent her senior year working on a collection titled “Type 1 Of A Kind.” This series draws on her experiences as a woman with type 1 diabetes who struggles to find clothing that fits comfortably with her insulin pump. She’s lived with type 1 since 6th grade and says the most difficult clothing to find were dresses and jumpsuits. So she designed her own. Kinnamon showed off her designs at SCAD – the Savannah College of Art and Design and I’ll link that up in the show notes.
https://www.wsav.com/now/scad-senior-designs-clothing-for-women-with-type-1-diabetes/
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On this week’s long format episode, you’ll hear about the latest on the iLet Bionic Pancreas. Next week.. Mike Joyce is set to complete an incredible long-distance hiking trail. It’s actually three trails – the longest in the US – he’ll talk about how he does this with type 1.
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May 13, 2022

It’s “In the News…” Got a few minutes? Get caught up! Top stories this week: racial disparities in treatment for kids with type 1, new study looks at oral insulin for type 2, nanoparticles tested to prevent diabetes and why is there a Squishmallow toy being marketed as having T1D? That and a lot more.

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Our top story, Black children with type 1 diabetes experience disparities in health outcomes compared with other racial and ethnic groups with similar neighborhood opportunity profiles. That’s according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Network Open. This was a very big study – more than 70-thousand patient encounters under the age of 21 from 2009 to 2018. They looked at something called the Child Opportunity Index. This It combines data from neighborhood-level indicators, like good schools, parks and playgrounds, clear air and safe housing. They found that the probability of readmission within a year was significantly higher among Black children with a very low COI category versus Hispanic children and White children at the same COI category. These researchers say doctors and educators need to be aware and include interventions that target racial disparities.
https://www.physiciansweekly.com/outcomes-worse-for-children-with-type-1-diabetes-who-are-black
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New research suggests the people of certain racial ethnic groups should be screened for diabetes at lower body mass index than white people. A recommendation that contradicts recent guidelines from the United States Preventive Services Task Force. At a time when a lot of medicine is trying to rid itself of race-based tools this could be tricky.. but these researchers say that using a one-size-fits-all approach to screening, when diabetes is two to four times more prevalent and more deadly in Black, Hispanic, and Asian Americans, is likely to result in underdiagnosis of the disease, and widen health gaps.
https://www.statnews.com/2022/05/09/race-ethnicity-bmi-diabetes-screening/

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New partnership between JDRF, Yale University and a company called NexImmune. That company has something called Artificial Immune Modulation nanoparticles and the idea here is to if that could work with Teplizumab to delay or prevent type 1. Teplizumab is already being tested as a prevention method and is back in front of the FDA. NexImmune says it’s wider plan is to use the body’s own T-cells to generate a specific immune response to prevent not just diabetes but other auto immune conditions and even cancer.

https://www.jdrf.org/press-releases/neximmune-yale-and-jdrf-enter-into-600k-research-partnership-for-type-1-diabetes/
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Oramed Pharmaceuticals announced this week that it has enrolled 100% of the patients in the world’s first Phase 3 study of oral insulin
This is being looked at just for type 2 right now.
The primary endpoint of the study is to compare the efficacy of ORMD-0801 to placebo in improving glycemic control, with a secondary endpoint of assessing the change from baseline in fasting plasma glucose at 26 weeks. They hope to announce results in January of 2023.
https://www.biopharma-reporter.com/Article/2022/05/05/Oramed-hits-oral-insulin-clinical-trial-milestone
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New partnership between two diabetes heavy weights. The Diabetes Research Institute, DRI Foundation Canada (DRIFCAN) and Alberta Diabetes Institute (ADI) have announced a research partnership
The CEO of DRI says "Type 1 diabetes knows no borders or boundaries; nor should the research to find a cure. There’s a lot of research funded by these groups, included islet and stem cell transplantation.

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/diabetes-research-institute-foundation-joins-193300513.html
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Right back to the news in a moment but first we’ve got a new sponsor. 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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Insulet’s CEO is stepping down.. Shacey Petrovic has been in the role since 2019 and says she’s stepping down June first for amily reasons. Petrovec will stay on as an advisor for the next year to aid in the transition and support the company’s launch of the Omnipod 5. She’ll replaced by Jim Hollingshead, who’s been on Insulet’s Board for the last three years. He’s been the president of ResMed – a company that focuses on advances in sleep medicine- for the last 12 years.
https://www.fiercebiotech.com/medtech/insulet-swap-ceos-amid-omnipod-5-insulin-pump-roll-out
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I feel like I haven’t done a newscast in a few weeks without mentioning model Lila Moss. After being on the cover of UK Vogue and making headlines at the Met Gala, she’s now showing off her Libre and Omnipod In a new Fendi and Versace ad campaign
https://pagesix.com/2022/05/11/lila-moss-wears-diabetes-monitor-in-fendi-versace-ad-campaign/
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Got an update for you on T1D The Movie. We talked about this a few months ago – Star Trek actor Noah Averbach Katz is producing a short film with type 1 at the center. He started a kick starter campaign and got a wonderful response from the start trek community which, along with the diabetes community, fully funded the project. I got an update that he is starting filming this week. He also says if you backed the project at the level where you’d get a token of appreciation, they’re working on those too.. more to come.

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Interesting find on the toy front. I had never heard of Squishmallows but people say the stuffed toys are soothing while others say it’s just a scam and there’s nothing inherently special about the plush toys. Either way, one of the limited edition plushies is being marketed as having type 1 diabetes. There’s nothing on the toy itself to show that it might use diabetes technology – this is just listed in the toy description on line. I’m trying to find out the story behind this so letme know if you know atying!
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On this week’s long format episode, you’ll hear about the Mental Health Plus diabetes conference.. the organizers said every conference has one session on mental health – we really need more. So they did it. Love that! Next week, as I mentioned, Dexcom’s Chief Technical Officer on the G7, some interesting new info.. and I asked him all of your questions.
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May 6, 2022

It's "In the News..." Got a few minutes? Get caught up! Top stories this week: An FDA hiccup for Vertex, Omnipod 5 starts wider rollout, New peek at Dexcom G7 features, Beta Bionic study info, "Hey Alexa, predict my blood sugar" and Healthline shuts down their main source of diabetes news and information.

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Our top story – bit of a surprise for Vertex – the FDA puts a clinical hold on their newest trial. This is the company that made big headlines last fall – that New York Times article likely sent to you by everyone you know about a stem cell cure for type 1. That’s when Vertex reported data on the cell therapy from a single patient who achieved a “robust” restoration of islet cell function after receiving a drug called VX-880. That response is going strong they say at day 270. This week, Vertex showcased results from another patient and said a third patient has received the full dose. A company spokesman says they’re surprised by the clinical hold given the evidence so far and there have been no serious adverse events. They say they’ll work with the FDA to get the trial moving again as soon as possible.
https://www.fiercebiotech.com/biotech/unwelcome-surprise-vertex-fda-slaps-hold-phase-12-diabetes-cell-therapy-study
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Insulet announces that Omnipod 5 has completed the Limited Market Release and will be rolling out to a wider audience soon. Those who signed up for what they call the interest list will be notified first – we’re told watch for that email this week. If you haven’t signed up, sit tight. Omnipod 5 still isn’t yet available through all insurers and at every pharmacy, but the roll out will continue slowly through the year.
https://www.omnipod.com/current-podders/resources/omnipod-5/faqs?fbclid=IwAR1fghbXl4uP4H3z8DGovriAocpZyDyPzLdPzME_taonv3_ZfPC3XqukHJY
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We’re learning more about Dexcom’s G7 – approved in Europe and in front of the US FDA right now. Sensors will have a bit of a grace period – they’ll keep working 12 hours after the 10 days are up. You’ll also be able to silence the urgent low and sensor fail alarms for six hours – that’s new. I’m talking to CTO Jake Leach for next week’s long-format show and he’s got a lot of info to share. I asked as many of your questions as I could, so please come back for that one.
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New study results about the iLet, the insulin only bionic pancreas from Beta Bionics. This is one of the many studies presented at A-T-T-D.. People in the study saw about half a point come off their A1Cs after 13 weeks and there was no increase in hypoglycemia. They also saw more than 2 and a half hours more time in range. The iLet is unique in that you only enter your weight and tell the pump system when you’re eating – there are no basal rates or a need to enter carbs. No timeline for release but the company says its regulatory submission is currently under FDA review.
https://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2022/04/30/2433019/0/en/The-iLet-Bionic-Pancreas-Significantly-Reduced-HbA1c-and-Improved-Time-in-Range-vs-Standard-of-Care-for-a-Diverse-Range-of-People-with-Type-1-Diabetes.html
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Amazon.com's online pharmacy PillPack has agreed to pay almost 6-million dollars to resolve claims that it overcharged government health insurance programs by dispensing more insulin injector pens than patients needed. That’s the headline, but -editorial here – this story just shows a lot about what’s wrong with our system. Many of us have had this happen – used to be if you had a prescription for insulin pens, they’d just give you the box of 5 – even if the prescription was written for 3 or 4. Now, they have to break open the box and count out the exact amount. It’s not as though a patient was over-charged.. and that’s not the focus of this lawsuit. This was about government health insurance programs. I get it, we’re all paying for that in our taxes, but there’s got to be a better way. Maybe pass that co-pay cap, or let Medicare negotiate prices or just cap the price overall. Then this issue – and many others – goes away.
https://www.reuters.com/legal/litigation/amazon-unit-pay-58-mln-insulin-overbilling-2022-05-02/
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Walmart Health's telehealth company MeMD launched a virtual care diabetes program this past week. The initiative, known as the Walmart Health Virtual Care Diabetes Program, was developed for employers and payers as a standalone offering or as part of a comprehensive telehealth program. It’s a partnership with the ADA and includes a consultation with a licensed medical provider to discuss patient history, eating habits and more.
https://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/walmart-launches-telehealth-program-aimed-diabetes
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Right back to the news in a moment but first we’ve got a new sponsor. 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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An Australian company joins the diabetes conversation on your Alexa device. Jade Diabetes says their My Jade skill can centralize logging, dose calculation and dose management. It can also suggest dose changes within 3 hours. They say “Jade is the only system to use accurate predictions to alert patients of future risks at a given time.” It uses info from CGMs, connected glucose meters, digital pens and data from Apple Health.
https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20220504005004/en/Jade-Diabetes-makes-Diabetes-Simpler-with-Alexa-Insulin-Dosing
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Really sad to hear that Healthline has decided to close down what I think has been just one of the best sources of Diabetes news & info.. Diabetesmine. It was started by Amy Tenderich after her diagnosis in 2003 and acquired by Healthline in 2013. I’ve had her and Managing Editor Mike Hoskins on the show many times. Amy’s amazing other project – D-Data Exchange will live on. These are the bi-annual #DData forums connect experts, advocates and innovators developing data platforms, apps, algorithms and next-gen devices to take full advantage of data-driven diabetes care. You may recall the term We Are Not Waiting was coined at the first D-Data exchange – it’s a cool place to be! The next one is coming up June 2nd, more info in the show notes.
https://summer2022-ddata.eventbrite.com
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On this week’s long format episode, you’ll hear about the Mental Health Plus diabetes conference.. the organizers said every conference has one session on mental health – we really need more. So they did it. Love that! Next week, as I mentioned, Dexcom’s Chief Technical Officer on the G7, some interesting new info.. and I asked him all of your questions.
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Apr 29, 2022

It’s “In the News…” Got a few minutes? Get caught up! Our top stories this week include headlines from the ATTD Conference - that’s the Advanced Technologies and Treatments for Diabetes Conference. There's a bit of new information about the Dexcom G7, Beta Bionics announces it will release pivotal trial results, and news of the first AID system using the Libre 3 is announced. Along with ATTD there's news about type 2 diabetes and grocery stores, all types of diabetes and nursing homes and a person with T1D is on the cover of British Vogue.

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This week ATTD begins – that’s the Advanced Technologies and Treatments for Diabetes Conference, so you can expect to hear a lot of news. I’ll include some here, some next week and we’ve got future interviews lined up with a lot of the companies making headlines..
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First up, a peek at more features in Dexcom’s G7 system. It’s approved in Europe but not the US and features what they’re calling more meaningful alarms. You can silence more alarms, including urgent low & sensor fail for up to six hours, there’s also a new 12 hour grace period at the end of the 10-day sensor life. It’s already been announced the G7 has a much shorter warm up period, only half an hour, and is much smaller.
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Also at ATTD, Beta Bionics will be releasing Pivotal Trial Results of the iLet Bionic Pancreas. The iLet is a pump – connected to a CGM that is designed to autonomously determine and deliver insulin doses to control blood glucose levels. You’ll recall this pump was originally designed to deliver both insulin and glucagon.. but the current iteration is insulin only. They says this pivotal trial population was more diverse and representative of the United States type 1 diabetes community than any previous pivotal trial of an automated insulin delivery system. We’ll have more info on what these trials actually said next week.
https://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2022/04/25/2427846/0/en/Pivotal-Trial-Results-of-the-iLet-Bionic-Pancreas-To-Be-Presented-at-ATTD.html
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The first automated insulin delivery system using the FreeStyle Libre has been announced. This is in Europe and it’s the Libre 3, Ypsomed pump and CamDiab software system. Expected by the end of the year, this is described as a self-learning app, a hybrid, closed-loop system that runs on an Android smartphone and can be tuned to users as young as one year old
https://www.fiercebiotech.com/medtech/abbott-launches-diabetes-team-ypsomed-camdiab-bring-artificial-pancreas-system-europe
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And a new consensus meeting on Time in Range. In 2019, diaTribe formed the Time in Range Coalition, whose goal was to ensure that Time in Range (TIR) becomes the primary glucose metric for daily management, complemented by A1C, in diabetes care globally. But there isn’t an internationally consensus on the use of CGMs in clinical trials. This meeting will help standardize those methods.
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Other highly anticipated – or at least well-publicized- studies coming to ATTD include those from Tandem and Omnipod and almost every big diabetes tech company. Lots more to come next week and we already have interviews set with Dexcom and Beta Bionics to we’ll talk about all this in the long format episodes in weeks to come.
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Overtreating type 2 diabetes is apparently very common in nursing homes.. which can be a big problem as people get older and may require changes. New study in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society show about 40% of nursing home residents with type 2 diabetes may be overtreated. These researchers say one big issue is that at admission, residents are given a very big medical work up, but that isn’t followed up on year to year. Often as people age, its recommended their A1C is maintained a bit higher, for safety reasons, so a target A1C could easily change years or even months after someone moves into assisted care or a nursing home.
https://www.healio.com/news/endocrinology/20220422/diabetes-overtreatment-common-in-nursing-homes-with-little-medication-deintensification
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New survey looking at how people with diabetes rate their grocery stores. From D-Q&A this was a big survey, more than 5-thousand people statistically representative of all people with diabetes in the United States. They found more than half of people with diabetes did not feel very supported in maintaining their preferred eating habits at home. 28% of low-income people with diabetes find it somewhat or very challenging to find their preferred foods when grocery shopping. Stores rated best? Aldi, Publix, Costco, H-E-B, and Hyvee. The worst rated were BJ’s, Vons, Shaw’s, Ralphs, Tops & Randalls
https://d-qa.com/major-grocery-chains-failing-to-meet-the-needs-of-people-with-diabetes/
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Last year she made big news by walking the runway with her Omnipod visible, this year Lila Moss is – we think – the first person with type 1 on the cover of Vogue magazine. She did an interview with them that’s on YouTube – I’ll link up the video. She says she has an Apple air tag attached to her Pod PDM. Going through her handbag essentials, she included glucose tabs and talked about how her diabetes is something she doesn’t keep hidden but just isn’t always visible. Just nice to see a matter of fact interview featuring type 1.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5piEaumF6f0
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On this week’s long format episode, you’ll hear from Civica RX – this is the company pledging to put out insulin without making a profit. We’ll hear why they think this will work and how soon it’ll be available for purchase. Next week we’re talking about a new mental health conference for people with diabetes – it’s virtual so you can participate from anywhere.
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Apr 22, 2022
It’s “In the News…” Got a few minutes? Get caught up! Our top stories this week include a new company called Luna Diabetes founded by some heavy-hitters in our community, a new #T1D telehealth study for underserved kids, improved life expectancy for people with type 2 and a look at 420 with 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. we go live on social media first and then All sources linked up at diabetes dash connections dot com when this airs as a podcast.
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Our top story is a very interesting LinkedIn post about a new company and product.. Luna Diabetes aims to fill in a big gap – overnight automated control for people who use smart insulin pens. They’re calling it A-I – automated injections, a way to combine the convenience of insulin pens with the clinical outcomes of automated insulin delivery – like Control IQ or Looping. Some heavy hitters here – the founders are John Show-lund Sjolund – founder of Timesulin, John Brilliant a co-founder of BigFoot biomedical and Sean Saint, founder of Companion Medical who made the InPen automated pen system. The release shows a little device but no real information yet. Is it an automated basal delivery system for overnights only? pivotal trial to start by the end of this year We’ll keep you posted..
https://www.lunadiabetes.com/
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A look at pediatrics in under-served communities shows most children are not meeting A1C goals. A new grant from the Helmsley Charitiable Trust will focus on expanding access through remote care. Many providers lack the money to set remote care up and use it effectively – telehealth systems and things like that. A large pediatric endo group in Buffalo, NY will work with Cecelia Health, a virtual first health care provider. They’ll work with about a thousand patients to explore how improving access to remote support and the internet to better manage chronic conditions will improve outcomes. This is along with existing diabetes technology like pumps and CGMs.
https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/22/04/n26682238/improving-outcomes-for-children-and-adolescents-living-with-type-1-diabetes-is-the-goal-of-a-colla

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Big news for people with diabetes in Australia. The government has committed to subsidized access to continuous glucose monitoring and flash glucose monitoring technology for all people living with type 1 diabetes. Right now, people under 21 are already eligible as as women who are actively planning a pregnancy or are pregnancy. This agreement will make everyone eligible for just over 30-dollars a month. Right now it costs over 300-dollars a month. I’m going to link up info from the incredible Diabetes Australia advocate Renza Scibilia who’s been on the show before and who’s been working on this for more than ten years. Congrats Renza and all who will benefit.
https://www.diabetesaustralia.com.au/mediarelease/diabetes-australia-welcomes-bipartisan-commitment-to-cgmforall/
https://diabetogenic.blog/2022/04/17/oh-happy-day/
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Not a big surprise but important information about improving life expectancy in people with type 2. New study shows reducing A1C, blood pressure, cholesterol and BMI makes a big difference. This was a University of Florida Gainesville study.. biggest improvement in all of these was reducing A1C from the highest in the study – about 9.9 - to the lowest about - 7.7 - added almost 4 years of life expectancy. These researchers say it’s very motivating to patients and clinicians to see these gains and it may help them choose treatment goals.
https://medicalxpress.com/news/2022-04-treatment-goals-diabetes-life.html
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We’ve talked about One Drop before.. more than a meter, they now call themselves a digital coaching company. And a new evaluation from an independent, third-party found that One Drop’s support program effectively improves the health of people living with prediabetes, diabetes, and high blood pressure. The program could also cut down on annual healthcare costs. This is from the independent Validation Institute, dedicated to providing unbiased, data-driven insights on health care solutions. The Validation Institute financially guarantees the program’s effectiveness. This means that people who follow the program properly but do not improve their blood pressure or A1C can file a claim with Validation Institute for up to $25,000.
https://diatribe.org/one-drop-results-backed-by-independent-review
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Okay this newscast is going live on April 20th.. or 4-20.. There are a lot of questions about whether marijuana which is now legal in a lot of the US is okay to use if you have diabetes. I’m going to link up some information for you in the show notes.. But most of the information focuses on the slightly altered state weed can put you in.. for many that means being more relaxed but for some it may interfere with diabetes management in the moment. There’s nothing specifically good or bad about marijuana that I could find for people with diabetes. However there is a warning for any pregnant woman -children who were exposed to cannabis in utero may be at risk for obesity and high blood sugar later in life.
https://beyondtype2.org/marijuana-and-type-2-diabetes/
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On this week’s long format episode, Dr Mark Heyman is a diabetes psychologist who lives with type 1. He has great advice for the most under-treated part of diabetes, the mental health aspect of it all. Next week you’ll hear from Civica RX – this is the company pledging to put out insulin without making a profit. We’ll hear why they think this will work and how soon it’ll be available for purchase.
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That’s In the News for this week.. if you like it, please share it! Thanks for joining me! See you back here soon.

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