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Insulin pens are a great way to inject insulin. They are convenient and easy to carry. Keeping track of the last time you injected insulin is what's been missing from insulin pens for a long time. Of course, we should be jotting down our times and amounts in a logbook to avoid double injections. Insulcheck has created an insulin pen attachment that tracks when you last injected insulin from your pen.
My last post told you about my decision to go on an insulin pump after 13 years as a Type 1 with steadily rising A1Cs, scary low blood sugars, and frustrating highs. My timing couldn’t have been better. The Medtronic 670g – the world’s first FDA approved pump to use information from its continuous glucose monitor to make basal insulin adjustments – was on its way to market.
You’re standing on a winding trail at the precipice of a sheer cliff. The ocean crashes on the rocks below. Sidle up to the cliff and peek over the edge. Certain death. Look behind you, to the edge of a forest in the near distance. Hungry wolves with dripping jaws and glowing eyes wait, and watch.
A good way to MoTo-Move is to start off each day with tai chi stretches. These movements help loosen us up, awaken our biological engines and sharpen our minds for the activities of the day. The following is a group of movements that can be done daily or whenever you need to unwind, relax, stretch and chill out.
The duration of insulin action time (DIA, or active insulin time) is how long a bolus of insulin lowers your glucose. The DIA time starts when a bolus is given and ends when the bolus is no longer lowering the glucose. Like any medication you take, it is important to know whether insulin is still working or is “used up” before you take more. Boluses are frequently given before the previous bolus or boluses are used up. This is called insulin stacking. In the APP study, 64% of 132,000 bolus doses from 396 insulin pumps were delivered within 4.5 hours of a previous bolus, so most boluses involve some degree of insulin stacking.1 After a bolus is given, an accurate DIA minimizes insulin stacking and lessens hypoglycemia by accurately tracking how much insulin activity remains from previous boluses. This is reported as Insulin On Board or active insulin on a pump screen.