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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.
As I drove to my training appointment, ready to put the 670G into Auto Mode for the first time, I reflected on my past week in Manual Mode. The Suspend Before Low feature was a real winner with me, cutting off my basal delivery before I went low. I’d also noticed a big improvement in the accuracy of the sensor, giving me confidence to let the pump take over control in Auto Mode.
I used to a professional photographer. I was lucky enough to work with the best professional SLR cameras and lenses, and what I loved about using them was the control. Fuzz out the background or make it sharp as a tack with aperture adjustment. Freeze the motion or let it blur by changing shutter speed. My colleague used to call Auto Mode on the camera “Bonehead Mode”, professing that only amateurs and hacks used it. I wasn’t quite as adamant as him, as I saw the value of “Bonehead Mode” for certain situations, and I appreciated the sophisticated technology that made it work so well.
The Contour Next Blood Glucose Test Strips are now available at the Diabetes Mall. These new strips work with all of Bayer's Contour Next meters, including the Contour Next EZ, the Contour Next USB, and the Contour Next Link Meter. The Link meter communicates wirelessly with Medtronic’s MiniMed Paradigm REAL-Time Revel insulin pump so it's been gaining in popularity, as have the strips. Includes:
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.