WHO | Quality Of Care Is Key To Tackling Mexicos Diabetes Emergency

WHO | Quality of care is key to tackling Mexicos diabetes emergency

WHO | Quality of care is key to tackling Mexicos diabetes emergency

Quality of care is key to tackling Mexicos diabetes emergency
Mexico has declared the epidemic of diabetes a national emergency and is seeking to improve the quality of care for some 13 million people with the disease. Amy Guthrie and Fiona Fleck report.
Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2017;95:393-394. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.2471/BLT.17.020617
Diabetes patient Silvestre Snchez has his blood glucose read by a nurse at the Roma Norte neighbourhood health clinic in Mexico City.
In a clinic in Mexico Citys Roma Norte neighbourhood a doctor calls the 12 patients by name. One by one they are weighed, their blood pressure is taken and waist circumference measured.
At these monthly sessions run by the DiabetIMSS programme, patients learn how to manage type 2 diabetes a chronic condition that is not immediately life-threatening as long as they take their medicine and make lifestyle changes.
The patients learn to keep their disease in check to avoid serious complications like amputations, explains Dr Sara Leticia Arana Barriga, head of the clinics DiabetIMSS programme, run by the Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social (IMSS), which is part of Mexicos national public health system.
While the onus is partly on patients to adhere to treatment and diet advice to stay well and ward off life-threatening complications, health-care services must also ensure that people once diagnosed with diabetes have access to medicines, are regularly screened for complications, and that any complications are treated promptly.
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Diabetes Tech on the Horizon Part 1 New Apps Coming in 2018

Diabetes Tech on the Horizon Part 1 New Apps Coming in 2018

New apps and software updates frommySugr, Insulia, One Drop, as well as food and weight loss apps
Diabetes technology is moving fast, so to help you keep track, weve rounded up some of the latest offerings specifically inapps and software. (See here for CGM updates, and here for insulin delivery updates.) Below, youll find products that have either recently launched or are expected to launch in 2018 based on the most recent timing updates weve heard. This article is not fully comprehensive and timelines often change but this list covers some notable products. A more detailed description of each product follows the table of contents below.
Click to jump to a product, which are organized chronologically by their expected launch date within each category:
mySugr bundle (unlimitedtest strips + coaching)
Launched in the US and available in Germany Bundle Details
Whats New? In September, mySugr launched its Pro bundle in the US, priced at $39.99 per month (subject to change) for unlimited blood glucose strips, an Accu-Chek Guide meter (Bluetooth-enabled), the mySugr app, and access to a diabetes educator. Strips are shipped directly to peoples doors, eliminating prescription, insurance, and pharmacy hassles. This bundle is currently available in Germany and covered by some large insurers.
Separately, we also recently learned that mySugrs bolus (mealtime dosing) calculator is under FDA review. This tool should help simplify mealtime dosing math for those not on an insulin pump (carb counting will still be necessary). The calculator is already approved in Europe and is c Continue reading

RaeLynn and Diabetes: Getting to Know You

RaeLynn and Diabetes: Getting to Know You

RaeLynn and Diabetes: Getting to Know You
(RaeLynn. Image courtesy of Debby Wong / Shutterstock.com)
From finishing third on The Voice in 2012 to seeing her second single God Made Girls go gold in 2014, garnering two CMT Music Award nominations, touring with Miranda Lambert and Rascal Flatts, and releasing her single Love Triangle in July 2016, country singer RaeLynn moves at a hectic pace. But despite her busy lifestyle, RaeLynn, 23, takes time to manage her Type 1 diabetes, which she has done since her diagnosis at age 12, the same age at which she discovered her love of country music.
This past summer, she joined Novo Nordisks Patient Ambassador Education Program, taking part in community and educational events around the country on behalf of Novo Nordisk.
Having just wrapped up a two-month U.S. tour with her Voice coach and mentor Blake Shelton, RaeLynn spoke to Diabetes Self-Management about her passion for both country music and helping others with diabetes.
DSM: You were diagnosed at age12, the same year you discovered al ove for country music. Coincidence, or are they somehow intertwined?
RaeLynn: I grew up with music always a part of my life. Everyone in my family can sing. When I was diagnosed at 12, for sure it was kind of a scary thing. When you are told you have to take a shot every day, you think the world has ended. But I was taught that it was totally manageable, that I could handle it and still live out my dreams.
My parents wanted me to be able to take care of myself. I went to nutrition classes the biggest adjustment was going from eating sugar Continue reading

JDRF Calls for Open Protocols in Diabetes Technology

JDRF Calls for Open Protocols in Diabetes Technology

JDRF Creates 'Open Protocols Initiative' Pushing Industry to Embrace Patient Innovation!
Written by Mike Hoskins on October 25, 2017
For those who've been pushing for more support of do-it-yourself diabetes technology over the last five years or so (crystallized as the #WeAreNotWaiting movement), a huge endorsement came last week when JDRF announced a new initiative encouraging the pharma and device industry to be more collaborative with patient innovators.
On Oct. 18, JDRF announced this new initiative calling for open protocols in emerging Artificial Pancreas (AP) technology as part of its ongoing aim to accelerate the development and commercialization of AP systems that automate insulin delivery. This will include both legal support and financial incentives to motivate the industry to follow Dexcom's recent lead in taking steps toward opening their back-end tech, so that innovators from around the Diabetes Community can build the functionality and apps best suited to patients' lives.
OK, that all may sound like mumbo-jumbo to a lot of people... we get it.
Think of it this way: Instead of the closed systems we have now, where each company makes their own "proprietary" devices that work only with their own hardware, software and apps, companies would go open-source and create code and documentation freely available to the public. This would allow partners and independent developers to build upon their tech, and encourage interoperability of devices and data systems.
Many in our community have been championing this cause for years now , and while JDRF's initiative i Continue reading

Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting On A Diet For My Diabetes

Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting On A Diet For My Diabetes

Cases of people being newly diagnosed with diabetes is on the rise. Because of this many people are often misinformed about what it means to have diabetes (type 1 and type 2) and how you should be eating. Before you begin any crazy diabetic diet, its important to take a step back and learn as much as you can about your eating habits. Dont think just because you have diabetes you have to stop eating your favorite foods, this is as far from the truth as it can get.
When I talked to those newly diagnosed about what they wish they knew before they started their new food journey with diabetes, they had some really good tips. I wanted to compile these amazing tips together in one convenient location so that you all could benefit from them.
Before we continue with this article, I wanted to let you know we have researched and compiled science-backed ways to stick to your diet and reverse your diabetes. Want to check out our insights? Download our free PDF Guide Power Foods to Eat here.
When you eat food, it is broken down into glucose, or sugar. Glucose is responsible for providing your body with the energy it needs. In order to use the glucose as energy, your body requires insulin. When you have Type 1 diabetes , your body does not make its own insulin and requires injections for assistance with this.
With type 2 diabetes , your body does not have the ability to make enough insulin or use it properly. Because the cells in your body cannot use the glucose as energy, this glucose stays in your bloodstream which leads to high blood sugar levels and potential problems.
While th Continue reading

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