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The FDA approved the Medtronic MiniMed 530G insulin pump with its display of the Enlite continuous glucose monitor in September, 2013. The 530G is the first system in the United States that can automatically stop insulin delivery if the CGM's glucose value falls to a preset level (60-90 mg/dl) AND the wearer doesn't respond to the Threshold Suspend Alarm. This functionality puts the device in the newly created OZO: Artificial Pancreas Device Classification created by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Welcome to our Ask John column. Here, we'll be posting questions from visitors that John has answered. These questions cover a wide range of topics, including insulin pumps, infusion sets, continuous glucose monitors, and medications. If you would like to send John a question, visit our forums or contact page post them. Please note that any advice given should be discussed with your physician before you try them.
From aerobic dance to ballet, ballroom, hip-hop, tango, tribal and Zumba, dance has been an important part of ceremony, rituals, celebrations and socialization going back to prehistoric times. Archeology traces dance from as early as the 9,000 year old Bhimbetka rock shelters paintings in India and Egyptian tomb paintings depicting dancing figures from c. 3300 BC. Dance is a natural rythmic movement of joy. Dance can be a great motovation to move and be active - in other words - to exercise. It is something that can be done on the most basic level of moving to the rhythym of a favorite tune. It can be as complex as clasical ballet or Argentine tango.
Do you need an extra dose of MoTo Move for the New Year? A nudge perhaps? I’ll tell you a little story about someone who motivates me to move. It’s my friend Becky Rosenheck. Becky, who lives in Florida, called me in New York when she decided to throw herself a birthday party. She asked me to help with it.
GLP-1 agonists are a group of medications that mimic the actions of glucagon-like peptide or GLP-1. GLP-1 is one of several naturally occurring incretin compounds that affect the body after they are released from the gut during digestion. Because of its name, GLP-1 might seem to act like glucagon that increases glucose production by the liver and raises glucose levels. Instead, GLP-1 lowers both glucose and glucagon levels. Despite their different actions, GLP-1 and glucagon are both derived from the same parent compound called proglucagon, hence the similarity in names.