NEWSBREAK: No One was Better for Diabetes Causes than Mary….RIP

MaryI wish I could say I was a friend of Mary Tyler Moore’s, she surely made you feel that way.  There was a time when she, or her beloved husband Robert, and I would pass and a ‘hello’ was stated.  We knew of each other in the same battle.  She wrote a wonderful inscription in her book when she sent it to me to thank me on a specific project we worked on together and I will cherish it forever.

She THANKED me. Really?  Like I could ever be on par with what she had done over the years.  We worked together on fundraising, Washington DC advocating, and when it came to ANYTHING diabetes…..rest assured Mary was there in full force……how lucky was I to have just a little piece of life with this incredible woman.

It’s not often one gets to work with an icon, with a person who has her character-genetic pool somewhere in almost every comedic character to appear on TV—she was not the best—she was the best of the best and she did it—-while battling diabetes.

I have stated it before, and will always feel the same, no one in the celebrity world came close to do for the world of diabetes than what Mary Tyler Moore accomplished with JDRF.  Her efforts were tireless over the years.  She would attend events, meet with elected officials, testify before congress and yet, it was when she met those who lived like her….with diabetes, that I will remember most.  The time she took to speak to them and relate to them, to tell them they would be okay…..that is the Mary I will remember most.

Every organization under the sun wishes they had a spokesperson the caliber of Mary Tyler Moore.  Her connection with JDRF (and what was then JDF) was, and is, legendary.  She loved the JDRF and the people involved with the organization.  How fortunate they are, and were, to have Mary as part of their family.   My heart goes out to the many who worked with her at the JDRF, especially Karen Brownlee, who worked with Mary for years as the Liaison between the JDRF and Mary’s ‘people’.

Mary had but one goal when it came to diabetes….to bring to the attention of the world the battle of diabetes and how important it is to one day cure it.  How important it is to handle it.  Perhaps if she meant something to you, you can give a donation to JDRF in her memory (or to YOUR favorite organization). Mary would want it done that way.  I did.  It’s the least I could do for the woman who taught me to fight diabetes with as much fierceness as possible and at the same time; try to turn the world on with a smile…..which no one did better than Mary Tyler Moore

Rest in Peace friend, and thank you.
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Are You Marching on Saturday???…Some Caution; I Care-Come Back Safely

womens marchI care about you and do not want you hurt in any way—-so I offer the following if you plan on utilizing your right to peaceful assembly this weekend–share with others.

If you are marching on Saturday in Washington DC or in one of the other cities, I share this with you.  In addition to trusting no one you don’t know (that means sharing any information or lending your phone for even a second), staying to the outside of the line, wearing comfortable shoes, staying hydrated, when you see a bathroom-use a bathroom, confronting no one, and buddy system, buddy system, buddy system—- and remembering that not everyone around you is there for the same reason you are.

Also—-electronically—-very useful information is below (I have not created this—it is out there–I’m just sharing because it makes sense):

1. Enable full-disk encryption on your device
Full-disk encryption ensures that the files across your entire device are encrypted. This is a form of encryption that protects data at rest, as compared to in-transit encryption, which protects data that is transferred over the Internet. Full-disk encryption protects everything from your local database of text messages to the passwords you have stored in your browser. This is useful in case your device is confiscated by police, but also protects you in situations where the device is lost or stolen. Protest situations are often unpredictable, so losing your phone is a distinct possibility.

2. Remove fingerprint unlock
In the past, iOS and Android used the same password to both boot your phone and to unlock it. Recently, both iOS and Android introduced a mechanism to allow you to unlock your device with your fingerprint. This is a convenient way to ensure that you enjoy the benefits of full-disk encryption without sacrificing convenience. However, in protest situations we suggest you turn this functionality off. A police officer can physically force you to unlock your device with your fingerprint. And as a legal matter, while the state of the law is in flux, there is currently less protection against compelled fingerprint unlocking than compelled password disclosure. You can always add your fingerprint back to the device after you’ve left the protest.

In iOS, you can disable this by going into Settings -> Touch ID & Passcode and removing each of the fingerprints in this menu.

In Android, disabling this feature may depend on your device manufacturer. For Nexus devices, go into Settings -> Security -> Nexus Imprint and delete the fingerprints from this menu.

3. Take photos and videos without unlocking your device
Catching that perfect shot is something you want to be ready for, and powerful images can help bolster the cause. If you’ve chosen a strong password, entering it into the device takes precious time, and you risk the moment passing before you’re able to take the shot. Luckily, newer versions of iOS and Android allow you to take photos and videos without unlocking your device, giving you the time to capture the moment.

With Android Nexus devices, double-press the power button.

At the iOS lock screen, you can swipe to the left.

4.Install Signal
Signal is an app available on both iOS and Android that offers strong encryption to protect both text messages and voice calls. This type of protection is called end-to-end encryption, which secures your communications in transit (as discussed in tip #1). Other apps, such as WhatsApp, have implemented underlying cryptography. But we believe Signal is the better option because it implements best practices for secure messaging.

In addition to encrypting one-to-one communication, Signal enables encrypted group chats. The app also recently added the functionality of having messages disappear anywhere from 10 seconds to a week after they are first read. In contrast to some other services like SnapChat, these ephemeral messages will never be stored on any server, and are removed from your device after disappearing.

Recently, a grand jury in the Eastern District of Virginia issued a subpoena to Open Whisper Systems, the maintainers of Signal. Because of the architecture of Signal, which limits the user metadata stored on the company’s servers, the only data they were able to provide was “the date and time a user registered with Signal and the last date of a user’s connectivity to the Signal service.”

5. Use a prepaid, disposable phone
If you’re really concerned about the data stored on your device, don’t bring it at all and pick up a prepaid mobile phone. These lower-end devices can be purchased along with a SIM card at most large retail stores, and current federal regulation does not require you to show your ID (but your state may). Let your friends know your temporary number, and use this to coordinate activities. Remember that the location of mobile devices can be determined by the cell towers they connect to, so if you don’t want your identity known, turn off your prepaid device before going home or anywhere that might lead to your identity. Using GPS should be safe, since GPS is a receiver and does not transmit any information, but your device may store your coordinates. For this reason, we suggest you turn off location services. When you’re done with the phone, it can be safely recycled or discarded from a location that is not linked to you. Keep in mind that if you carry both your regular device and a prepaid one with you, the location of these devices can be correlated as a way to compromise your anonymity.

6. Back up your data
Take precautions to limit the possible costs that can be incurred by the loss of a device. Backing up your data regularly and storing that backup in a safe place can save you a headache later on.

7. Consider biking or walking to the protest
Automated License Plate Reader Systems (ALPRs) automatically record the license plates of cars driving through an area, along with the exact time, date, and location they were encountered. This technology is often used by law enforcement, or employed by private companies such as Vigilant and MVTrac who then share license plate data with law enforcement and other entities. Amassed in huge databases, this data is retained for an unknown period of time. These companies have lobbied and litigated vigorously against statutes that would ban the private collection of license plate data or otherwise regulate ALPRs. Effectively, your location can be tracked over time by your driving habits, with very few legal limits in place as to how this data can be collected and accessed.

Consider using alternative means of transportation if you would prefer that your movements and associations remain private.

8. Enable airplane mode
Airplane mode ensures that your device will not be transmitting for the duration of your time at the protest, and prevents your location from being tracked. Unfortunately, this also means that you won’t be able to message or call your friends, so plan accordingly. You may want to select a nearby meet-up spot where you and your friends can rendez-vous if you get separated. You may also want to turn off location services (as discussed in tip #6).

9. Consider alternatives to Facebook and Twitter
Facebook and Twitter provide a large user base for you to promote your cause, but these popular social media platforms also carry risks. Viewing an event page, commenting on the event, and stating your intention to attend are all actions viewable by law enforcement if the pages and posts are public, and sometimes even if the pages aren’t (subject to a court order). For actions that require a more cautious approach, consider forming a group chat via Signal as described above.

I know this is not diabetes, but many people I care about will be ‘doing their thing’ and letting their voice be heard, so I thought this information might be useful.
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NEWSBREAK: CMS Says Yes to the Dexcom……WOW!

Dexcom G5In case you were distracted at the end of last week, a major development took place at CMS (Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services) when the decision was made and the agency stated that the Dexcom G5 Mobile was now determined to be classified in a benefit category as therapeutic; thus allowing the agency to cover the device for those people on Medicare or Medicaid.

HUGE!

Dexcom should be applauded for their tireless efforts in this area fighting for the approval of the device.  I get it, their stock soared upon the approval and hence, it could be said it was why they battled.  Dexcom is a business.  And in the world of diabetes, businesses that are run correctly, deserve whatever they are allowed.

Kevin Sayer, President and CEO, has run his Dexcom Company with diligence, integrity, they give back to the community, and if they benefit for fighting so hard so everyone wanting their CGM, even those on social services and not on commercial insurance, can get one…..more power to them.  Not to mention those turning 65 will now no longer lose their coverage for a CGM for merely getting older.

It’s no wonder that Dexcom seems to constantly show the business world of diabetes why their business objectives and business platform are second to none.  The diabetes community can only hope others take note and follow their lead.

You can read Dexcom’s press release by clicking here.

Bravo Dexcom…….Bravo!
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The World is a Little Vile Lately…….Yes?

VileThere is a line from the Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol, that I have always liked. It’s enough for a man to understand his own business, and not to interfere with other people’s. Mine occupies me constantly.

Now in the context that this statement was meant, Dickens’ is clearly showing how isolated Scrooge has made himself by cutting himself off from his fellow-man.  That said, In as much as I DO feel we all need to help others, I have found some solace in that statement of late.

If you see yourself in what I am about to say, think about it.  If it’s not you, than it’s not about you.  The reason I have taken solace in that phrase is that as I roam around and read various conversations, I’m absolutely floored at the absolute contempt people have been toward one another lately.

I believe, just me-DiabetesDad, that because someone very strongly is in favor (or not) of certain results, people, movements, etc.  should not allow people to say; “I know this is wrong to say but I just have to…….” and some long tirade ripping people apart follows.

Really?

The first amendment, again–to just me, also comes with serious responsibility.  It’s a huge responsibility and it needs to be taken very seriously by everyone.  The freedoms we express should be in check when it comes to the vile and poison so many are revealing—–ALL THE WAY ACROSS THE BOARD.

This hurts me so.

And because some do it, if we continue to believe that it gives everyone the right to do it; we could be in serious trouble.  I choose to focus on my family, my passions, and things which are important to me……”mine occupies me constantly”.

Friction and friction will only result in heat.  If more time was spent focusing on how to be part of the change, WHATEVER THAT BELIEF MAY BE, instead of contemptuously screaming at each other that it’s needed; might be a better use of our energy.  And if your inclination is to immediately respond to this article by blaming some entity and/or person; don’t give them that power over you.  That’s the easy thing to do

Teddy Roosevelt once said, “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
The key word here is, “DO”.  Much energy is being spent in vile shouting, from ALL SIDES of this discussion, might we all be better off with more ‘doing’.

Be the CHANGE.  No one wrote a book about someone who was GOING to do something, they write books about those who fostered change.  How you get there, is your choice.

Just don’t do nothing.
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Good-Bye 2016….and Thank……YOU!!!!!!

calendar-page-offWell tear the page off the calender, 2016 is history.  Much has surely happened this year and as I reflect on it, I realize that so much good happened in the year.  I know many feel differently, and that is fine as they are entitled, but I’ve never been one to stay focused on one item or one event.

I survived being at 9/11, I survived my child being diagnosed with diabetes, I have survived losing a brother (in law), a father, a father and mother-in-law who I cherished, a second child being diagnosed and an entire list of items that will depress you to know end–and many people over the years have been in office who I did not want or who I wanted…..and I will be danged if whatever this year bought will make me react any differently.

The sun will rise tomorrow and with it a new day. And it is THAT way in which I live.

I will choose the GREAT things that happened over the year in the battle against undiagnosed Type 1 Diabetes.  I’ll cherish Beyond Type 1, Insulet, dPac, Susan Weiner, Kim May, Michelle Berman, Debbie Healy, Bennet Dunlap, Little Reegan’s Family, Kycie’s Family, Elizabeth Stein, DiaBEAT THIS!, and those who have stepped on the gas pedal and chose to share their lives to end these occurrences and, in some cases, when they were even victims themselves.  I’m grateful to the many who gave a platform to spread the word.  I’M GRATEFUL TO THOSE WHO EVEN HUNG A POSTER TO SPREAD THE WORD.

I’ll cherish those advancing the better treatment for those who live with diabetes every day.  I’ll cherish those organizations who continue to help people, advocate, and spread the word.    I’ll cherish those who despite great odds, continue in that search for a cure. I’ll, personally cherish, a new granddaughter, an engaged daughter, a move to a new home in a new state, and always my wonderful family.

And I will always and in all ways cherish you.  You who inform me, you who challenge me, you who teach me, you who believe in just ‘not doing nothing’, you who choose to make a difference, you who are my brothers/sisters-in-arms in a battle none of us want to be part.

If 2017 is not what you want it to be, MAKE IT what you want it to be.  We cannot do anything about what may come our way but we can certainly control how much it impacts us.  May 2017 be happy and healthy and may your inner wishes come true. Thank you for being part of my 2016, I look forward to what 2017 may hold for all of us.
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Twas the Night Before D-Christmas 2016

santa-moonWith special apologies to Clement Moore.   I present a tradition……an updated, ‘Twas the Night Before D-Christmas for 2016

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with prayer,
In hopes that Santa would bring the cure with him this year.

The children were nestled from head to their feeties,
While thoughts in their head were no more diabetes.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, she prayed for the cure too,
A dad still wonders what else could he do.

Remembering this year; the so much good and fun,
Seems monthly there was news at Beyond Type1.
Away to the news to see who was a hero of fire,
It’s those who live with T1D who really inspire

As costs continue to rise on everyone’s supply,
So many wonder how they’ll get by.
D-bloggers continue to write of these capers,
It certainly can’t be left to all the newspapers.

While many wrote of Santa’s goodies in his sack
Many doing much more like those from dPac.
To those with diabetes these really are not funny,
You’re playing with lives; it’s not about money.

As parents search for the docs and schools that really do care,
So much about this disease just doesn’t seem fair.
But as we turn and realize the continual fear,
I have some wishes for so many during this year.

When you look outside at the fresh fallen snow,
Or out at the sea where cold you don’t know,
Think of those who inspire and soon you’ll see,
Those things have changed in the past and will continue to be.

Innovations like getting supplies to those in foreign lands,
There is Life of a Child, IDF, and a Foundation of Hands.
There were great ideas to help our kids remember,
Of those in the fight like Project Blue November.

We work very hard for a managed d-Life to be,
And there is much help like at CWD.
There was JDRF/Medtronic approved hybrid closing the loop,
And ADA’s Dancing Steps was really a scoop.

There are innovations and those like Tide Pool
And DRI’s BioHub news continue to gain fuel.
There are so many camps that continue to say,
Spend a week with us for an even better today.

From Faustman, ViaCyte an IRB survey from Glu,
Stopping missed diagnosis to end candles of blue.
So as the year ends and criticisms comes quick,
Good things will come, and not all from St. Nick.

So listen carefully as you think of all that is run,
There is so much more work that needs to be done.
Don’t leave it to others; it’ll be just a few,
“Don’t do nothing” is what you really must do.

And if you think you’re done, tired, and feeling sort of sore,
Think of your loved one with diabetes, it’ll make you do more.
And if not for you, it will be for their sake,
We will stop all when only they get a break.

And then, in a twinkling, one day we’ll hear on the roof,
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
And the only thing needed is Santa’s toy bag for sure,
When diabetes is gone because of a cure.

So we will all continue to work, the ‘where’ is up to you,
But you have to make the decision on something you’ll do.
And one day we’ll scream and exclaim, “diabetes is gone from sight,”
The Happiest Christmas ever, and to all a good-night!

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Missed DX of Diabetes……Adults, Would Love to Hear from YOU!

BombSometimes, when our focus is on something specific, we tend to have tunnel-vision for that one aspect.  Not necessarily a bad thing, but I always have tried to stay open-minded to see outside the specificity of what has my focus.  And recently, as I approach the various means to get the word out about the missed diagnosis in people (mostly children) being diagnosed with type one diabetes, there is another aspect to this mission that needs to be talked about as well.  And equally as dangerous.

Dr. M. Regina Castro defines LADA in this way: Latent autoimmune diabetes in adults (LADA) is a slow progressing form of autoimmune diabetes. Like type 1 diabetes, LADA occurs because your pancreas stops producing adequate insulin, most likely from some “insult” that slowly damages the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. But unlike type 1 diabetes, with LADA, you often won’t need insulin for several months up to years after you’ve been diagnosed.

Some have stated it falls between type 1 and type 2 diabetes calling it type 1.5.  Personally, knowing what I do about T1D, I find little difference in LADA and T1D; you end up in the same place and many will tell you that looking back when their child was diagnosed, they probably had it for some time before the lack of insulin being produce started causing symptoms.

My point is not to discuss the differences between T1 and LADA but to ask how many adults have seen a medical professional, and because they are adults, were told they have T2 Diabetes.  If it is a slower pathway from the time it starts until symptoms show (and continue) it must be an occurrence where adults see their professional at an early stage because they feel something is wrong, and they are diagnosed with T2 when it is LADA.  Which means the treatment they are given……is wrong.  That’s just as dangerous as having flu/virus, like symptoms, being seen, and being sent home.

How long before the treatment of T2 misdiagnosed, takes a toll because it is actually T1D, or LADA as the case may be?

Could not DKA be the same result?  So today I seek input from all.  Clearly more and more adults are being diagnosed with T1D.  Hence why the words juvenile diabetes are now changed to type one.  If you are an adult with T1 or LADA and you were misdiagnosed, could you please share a little bit on what happened in your life.

In our diabetes world; misdiagnosed is misdiagnosed.  Young adults or adults seeing their doctor with a blood sugar of 212 could easily be told, “Well you have type two diabetes”.  But the pancreas is shutting down and two weeks later that same person could have a blood sugar of over 500 because it’s not T2D but they keep telling themselves, “well the doctor said I had diabetes”, not knowing it isn’t T2D at all and they too have become a ticking time bomb……..THAT scares the hell out of me.

So please let us know YOUR story.

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Get Your Child’s Life Back to Normal……..Yours Will Follow.

NormalSure, I get it; after diagnosis our lives are never normal again.  How could they be?  This is an incredibly taxing disease, on us, our family, and most of all on our child newly diagnosed.  It was in the middle of the thought process on how horrible our lives had become, and would continue; on September 26th, 1992 when I had the realization that this would just not do.

Now clearly the majority of this challenge fell squarely on Jill’s shoulders to achieve, it was something we agreed upon.  Once we decided that I would work the two jobs to try to make sure everything was not lost financially, Jill became the ‘keeper of Kaitlyn’s life’.  But together we learned, and shared.  But never to think otherwise,  and I have said it many times before, Jill did the day-to-day with Kaitlyn and she is the luckiest girl on earth to have the mom she has.

Was it too early to start this at the age of two, Kaitlyn’s age upon diagnosis?  We thought not.  Did we cry?  Yup and a lot (but she never saw).  But our energy was razor-focused on making sure we knew all we could and spent numerous hours finding out about this disease.  I have said it a million time, knowledge is power, it is the equalizer in this diabetes world.

That power would be reflected in Kaitlyn’s life.  That power would be to rely on no one’s word but our own knowledge….NOTHING was taken at face value….we found out for ourselves.  We asked a million questions,  We made a million phone calls.  We spoke to a million people.  Everything learned went into ‘the educational hopper of our mind’ and out came a course of action.

We decided that diabetes would stop Kaitlyn…..from nothing, and when Rob was diagnosed (our youngest of our three children) at age 13 in 2009, that same philosophy was now a part of life.  It took a lot of work.  It took a lot of education.  There was no daily FB chat with families going through what we went through–it did not yet exist to the extent it does now; we had to go and find it….and we did.

In today’s world my only warning is just because you see it in an instant means of our present online world….NEVER take it as gospel truth.  Great place to start but remember that because it works with one person, does not mean it will work with your child.  Your source of action is up to you.  Ask….ask….ask….run it by your professional medical team….and go ask….ask…ask again.  Decide.  The course of this journey is up to you.

To be honest with you, our worrying was out-paced by our thirst for knowledge. There is the Children with Diabetes Friends for Life Conference every year, there are camps, there are support groups……..we did not choose one……we did them all.  We did not support one organization over another, we supported as many as we could in any way.  If not financially, we volunteered our time.  Great people are involved all over and we wanted to be near as many as we could who had more knowledge than us.   It taught us that this now-no-longer-normal could be much closer to normal than we ever thought.  Right up to the time Kaitlyn came home from school and stated “I’m thinking I want to try cross-country”.  Really?

If she wanted to try something, be something, or do something; it WAS OUR JOB to make sure she could………………….whatever it took.  And we did.  Was she ‘all state’? No.  But she would not have been ‘all state’ if she didn’t have diabetes ether…..and THAT is the point.  She did what her abilities allowed.  Class officer, lettered in a sport of her choosing (just because she wanted to), Homecoming Court, Prom Court, Scholarships, this club, that club, this event, this trip, sleepover, whatever………because SHE wanted this…….she got it.  And ‘she-sure-did’; she did it all while managing her diabetes.

Add to this mix is that it was a much ‘different diabetes’ when she was first diagnosed.  Insulin pumps, CGMs, smaller syringes, pens……..nope……none of it in every day use like today

That did not make this job easy, just easier than when we started.  It still comes down to you.  What part of this disease is acceptable to you?  If it’s none of it; than do all you can to get back to where life was.  Know that it will NEVER get back exactly the way it was but if you spend more of your life TRYING to achieve that than completely being swallowed up in the grief on the lost childhood you think you now have; your child will be better off.

Kaitlyn graduated Nursing School less than a month ago, she prepares for her exam as we speak; Rob works full-time and goes to school full-time and last night he spent hours making some-sort of crazy buffalo-chicken-type-pizza from scratch.  That, my dear friends, is what I call as close to normal as it could ever be…….that is all we ever wanted.

One final word, we also were/are VERY well aware that at any given moment his disease could completely destroy a life.  The way we handled that thought was, yes, that COULD happen and it would be absolutely devastating.  But I decided that should fate EVER throw that in our path, I damn-well better be able to look myself in the mirror and know THAT I DID all I could to stop it.  If I needed to work harder—I did.  That simple.  You can listen to naysayers or you can chart YOUR course.  Never once did I say it would be easy………but I learned a long time ago……the harder you work at something, the ‘luckier’ you will be…….after that; it’s up to Whomever you believe in.  This has served us well for over 23 years, I hope it helps you just a little.  Something to be said, ‘with experience’.

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The Voices of Children who have Died from a Missed Diagnosis of T1d

DKA kidsIn the box below are the voices of those who have died from the missed diagnosis of type 1 diabetes.Square
Truth is……They don’t have one………will you give them yours?
  Don’t do nothing.
Get involved….don’t know what to do??????………ask!

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NEWSBREAK: Animas Vibe Receives FDA Approval for Children Ages 2 to 17.

animas vibe deviceI received the following email from Bridget Kimmel, Senior Manager of Communications & Public Affairs for Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Care Companies Animas Corporation & Life Scan, Inc.  I know people have been speaking about this device and I share with you what was sent to me without edit.

I’m pleased to share that FDA has approved the use of the Animas® Vibe® Insulin Pump and Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) System for the management of diabetes in children and adolescents, ages 2 to 17.

The Animas® Vibe® System was the first integrated system with Dexcom G4® PLATINUM CGM technology and is the only such system available in the U.S. for pediatric patients as young as age 2.

As an integrated system, the Animas® Vibe® System allows patients and their caregivers to view glucose data and administer insulin right from the pump, making it easy to fine tune insulin delivery to help manage their diabetes.  We know that effective glucose management early in life supports better health outcomes in adulthood; therefore, the Animas® Vibe® System is a great step forward in helping children and their caregivers in the U.S. take ownership of their diabetes. 

Expanding the global presence of the Animas® Vibe® System, along with providing solutions for children with diabetes and their parents, has been a top priority for Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Care Companies (JJDCC).  It’s been our goal as a company to not only develop the best treatment solutions available, but also ensure that every member of the diabetes community, including children, may access these tools.

For more details on the FDA approval, please view the press release we issued today here.

Orders for the Animas® Vibe® System are currently being accepted, with anticipated shipment to patients beginning this month. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to e-mail me or give me a call at 215-688-6033.

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