Social Media Senior Manager

Karrie HawbakerKarrie Hawbaker is the Social Media Senior Manager for the diabetes business unit of Medtronic.

She joined Medtronic in January 2011, after a decade of experience working for health, science and technology organizations, she jumped at the opportunity to use her skills to help Medtronic improve the lives of people with diabetes and has never looked back. Since then, she is continuously impressed and inspired by the passion, kindness and warmth of the diabetes online community.

Karrie loves travelling the world (especially when Lenny the Lion comes along), knitting and hiking in the Southern California mountains.


Important Update on MiniMed 670G Availability and the Priority Access Program

Last fall we announced the FDA approval of the world’s first hybrid closed loop system and it was one of the proudest days of my career. After 35 years of innovation, we’re thrilled to make this revolutionary technology a reality. The MiniMed 670G® system is the most advanced insulin pump and sensor system that is […]Read More »

Front of Line Access to the MiniMed 670G System

Want to get front of the line access to the MiniMed 670G system when it becomes available in the spring? Here’s how! In this video, Naomi and I explain the new Priority Access program. Visit www.medtronicdiabetes.com/priority-access to learn more. Editors Note: Due to overwhelming demand, we’ve been able to extend this program to customers through […]Read More »

An Ode to Diabetes Innovation

You may remember, MiniMed Ambassador, Addie, from her blog on Managing Diabetes in High School. Today, she’s writing about her new insulin pump, the MiniMed 630G system and how it’s made a difference in her life while living away from home for college. I started insulin pump therapy in the fourth grade. Considering I had […]Read More »

Meet iPro2 Professional CGM, Giving Meaningful Insights

When you think of Medtronic Diabetes, insulin pumps, CGM sensors and advanced algorithms might first come to mind. But did you know, we have an entire family of products and services for people with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes? It’s part of our evolution into a holistic diabetes management company. One example is […]Read More »

2016 JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes – Death Valley

Editor’s note: Happy Diabetes Awareness month! This time of year there are many different ways that Medtronic employees raise funds and awareness for diabetes. Today I want you to meet Zach, a member of our Brand Communications team, who recently took part in the JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes. Death Valley is an extreme place. […]Read More »

The MiniMed® Connect Accessory and App Now Available for Android!

We’re excited to announce that the MiniMed® Connect mobile accessory and app are now available for most popular Android™ smartphones! It’s taken us longer than we initially expected to deliver an Android-compatible version of the MiniMed Connect accessory, but we are pleased that Medtronic customers using the MiniMed 530G and Revel systems, will have the first […]Read More »

Pump Tip: Square Wave Bolus

MiniMed® Paradigm Models, MiniMed® Revel, MiniMed® 530G system, MiniMed® 630G system Little kids (and big kids alike) might enjoy the treats and other sweet-goodies that go along with Halloween. It’s hard to resist a cupcake decorated like a vampire, we know. As long as you plan and adjust your bolus amounts accordingly, you can still […]Read More »

Breaking News: FDA Approves the MiniMed 670G System, World’s First Hybrid Closed Loop System

Today we have fantastic news to share – Medtronic has received FDA approval of the world’s first hybrid closed loop system! The MiniMed® 670G system is the most advanced insulin pump and sensor system designed to help people with type 1 diabetes spend less time worrying about their glucose  levels and more time living their […]Read More »

Introducing The i-Port Advance Injection Port

Introducing the i-Port Advance Injection Port | The LOOP BlogYou may know Medtronic for insulin pumps and CGM, but we aspire do much more. We’re broadening our focus to be a more holistic diabetes company and our desire is to meet the needs of the millions of people globally impacted by diabetes. We will continue to strive to provide solutions for people with diabetes, […]Read More »

Pump Tip: How to Clean Your Pump

Pump: MiniMed Paradigm Models, MiniMed Revel and MiniMed 530G system Summer is a time of beach days, road trips, concerts and outdoor fun. Which means…your pump could probably use a good once-over. As summer comes to an end, use a small amount of mild detergent mixed with water and a soft clean cloth to clean […]Read More »

Tips for Parents: Back to School with Diabetes

You might remember Naomi from Perth, Australia from her blog post earlier this year. Today we’ve invited her back to talk about what’s top of mind for many of you: back to school! Naomi’s five-year-old son, Xavier, lives with T1D. And while the timing of the school semester and specific policies might vary from one […]Read More »

Meet the Newest Member of the Family: The MiniMed 630G System

Great news, everyone! Today I’m thrilled to share that the FDA has approved the MiniMed® 630G system with SmartGuard™ technology. This advanced diabetes system provides better glucose control[i], protective action and personalized management so you can focus less on managing highs and lows and more on what matters most to you –whether that’s time with […]Read More »

Pump Tip: Helpful Resources for Your Child's School Nurse

Have a child or teen with diabetes going back to school? Even after the meetings with teachers and nurses, diabetes, insulin pumps and glucose monitors can be overwhelming. This is understandable, of course. We all know that the diabetes crash course can leave one’s head spinning. And school nurses have to so many kids with […]Read More »

Get Ready for Back to School with this Roundup

Many families are preparing for the end of summer and are getting ready to go back to school. For parents, that might mean a bit of anxiety as you not only prepare your child, but also the school for how to take care of your child’s diabetes. This roundup is here to help you prepare. […]Read More »

Pump Tip: Running a Selftest on Your Pump

There’s a lot going on inside your insulin pump. For this reason, your pump is equipped to cycle through a full range of tests to make sure everything is functioning properly and on the up and up! This feature is called the Selftest, and during this test, your pump verifies that your audio and vibrate […]Read More »

Living Alone with Diabetes

Ever concerned about living alone with diabetes? Like most other things, it just means some extra preparation and a little occasional help from your friends.  Today, MiniMed Ambassador Leslie Kramer tells us how she does it. Almost 40 years ago a very wise woman, my mother, allowed me to make the most important decision of […]Read More »

Studying Abroad with Type 1 Diabetes

Today, I’d like to introduce you to MiniMed Ambassador, Lorna Meinke. Lorna’s adventurous lifestyle intrigued us, especially when we heard that she’s studied aboard twice! Living with diabetes in a city and country that isn’t home can sometimes be challenging so we wanted to get Lorna’s perspective on how she prepared and what life was […]Read More »

Get Ready For Summer with This Roundup

Summer – time to hit the pool, travel around or hang at the beach. And, no matter what you’re up to, the change in weather or your activities, might mean that you need to prepare with what to do with your insulin pump and CGM. Take a look at our roundup to help, no matter […]Read More »

Life with Celiac And Type 1 Diabetes

May is Celiac Awareness month and it is estimated that about 8% of people living with type 1 diabetes also have celiac disease. Because of this we wanted to acknowledge what a person living with type 1 and celiac goes through. Today, meet Liisa DePeri, a MiniMed Ambassador who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes […]Read More »

Tips For Finding The Right Diabetes Camp For Your Child

As the school year winds down, we begin to think about all of the activities that come along with warm weather and the summer months. Sporting activities, sleepovers, and summer camp are things that always seem to be topics of conversation. For kids with diabetes, diabetes camp is a great opportunity to not only get […]Read More »

The Facts About Low Blood Sugar

It’s no shock that hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) is often the number one concern for people managing type 1 diabetes, and even type 2 diabetes. We all know that hypoglycemia can be extremely dangerous, and catching and treating these lows is challenging. But have you ever thought about what impact lows may be having on […]Read More »

5 Tips For Traveling With Diabetes

For 15 years MiniMed Ambassador, Jonni Lightfoot, has traveled all over the planet with diabetes as the bass player and bandleader for the band, Air Supply. You may remember him from previous guest blogs such as Rock N Roll Road Trip With Diabetes and A Little Help from a Friend: How I Started Insulin Pump Therapy. Today, […]Read More »

Introducing The i-Port Advance Injection Port

You may know Medtronic for insulin pumps and CGM, but we aspire do much more. We’re broadening our focus to be a more holistic diabetes company and our desire is to meet the needs of the millions of people globally impacted by diabetes. We will continue to strive to provide solutions for people with diabetes, […]Read More »

Welcoming Our Diabetes Doesn’t Stop Me Contest Winner

What #DiabetesDoesntStopMe means to me We recently launched the #DiabetesDoesntStopMe Instagram contest where we asked you to share photos to define this hashtag. We received fantastic submissions and selected a random winner, Katie Sterner. Katie submitted photos ranging from a kiss under the Eiffel tower to a post-Zumba workout selfie. We were inspired by her […]Read More »

Daylight Savings Time: Updating Your Insulin Pump

Tomorrow at 2am it’s Daylight Savings Time. Not only does that mean losing an hour of sleep, but you also don’t want to forget to update your insulin pump settings! Your personal settings, like basal and bolus rates, are determined by the time, so being even an hour off could affect your blood sugar levels. […]Read More »

Reflecting On 5 Years In The Diabetes Online Community

Today we’re recognizing the 5th anniversary of this blog and the start of our social media program here at Medtronic Diabetes! It’s been an amazing experience for the entire team and we all want to thank you for being a special of this community. While today so many of you find us through other channels […]Read More »

Diabetes Fashion Roundup: Where To Wear An Insulin Pump?

One of the questions I often hear when someone is trying to decide on insulin pump therapy, is “where will I wear an insulin pump?” For many this can be a personal preference and dependent on the weather, outfit or activity on any given day. Today, we round up some of the best insulin pump […]Read More »

Behind The Photo: Jason Johnson

You probably see a lot of photos from Medtronic, showing people with big smiles doing interesting activities, often with an insulin pump visible on their waist. Did you ever wonder if they were real people with diabetes? Or did you assume they were models? The truth is, most are REAL MiniMed pumpers who volunteered to […]Read More »

Diabetes Sports Roundup

After a diabetes diagnosis people often wonder how it will impact their daily life. One of the top questions is:will I be able to still play sports and exercise like I used to? Today let’s hear from just a few of our very active athletes with diabetes and hear they’re inspiring stories – along with […]Read More »

Business Travel With Diabetes: Taking MiniMed Connect On The Road

Kate Lecker is a busy wife, mother of two, and working professional. She has lived with type 1 diabetes for more than 30 years and is often hypo-unaware, not feeling the lows until around 30mg/dL. When traveling for work, she and her husband have always had a travel safety protocol in place to make sure […]Read More »

Dating And Diabetes: A Valentine’s Roundup

With Valentine’s Day coming up this weekend, I always like to reminisce on some of our blogs that focus on dating, love and of course diabetes! Whether you’re dating, engaged or are married we have a roundup of blogs that are perfect reading material for this Valentine’s Day. When to Tell your Valentine about your […]Read More »

Cooler Weather Is Here! Remember Proper Insulin Storage

While it may be 72 and sunny here in Southern California, my Facebook feed is filled with snowy weather reports and ski jacket-clad friends from the East Coast and Midwest. So, with temperatures dropping, we thought…what better time to revisit one of Naomi’s great posts on proper insulin storage? Hope you find this as helpful… […]Read More »

Our 4 Favorite Books Of 2015

To help you sort through this year’s book offerings, we’ve put together four top reads we thought you might enjoy. What’s your favorite book of 2015 or of all time? Comment below for a chance to win an autographed copy of Rhythms! 1. Rhythms, by Francine R. Kaufman, M.D. When Dr. Kaufman wasn’t spending her […]Read More »

Innovator Interview: Enlite Improvements

“Continuous improvements are a part of our process and culture, and we will never lose this focus.” Meet Brian Kannard, a Senior Program Manager from our continuous glucose monitor (CGM) Research and Development team who focuses on product development. His current project: advancing the Enlite sensor platform. Q. What is your connection to diabetes? A. […]Read More »

Innovator Interview: MiniMed Connect

Developing new diabetes technology requires hard work from many people and MiniMed Connect was no exception. Today we introduce you to someone with a very important role in making it a reality, Cyrus Roushan. When he’s not busy guiding the MiniMed Connect team, which is composed of people across multiple departments and groups, you can […]Read More »

Living Well With Diabetes? Show Us How And Enter Our Instagram Contest!

Managing diabetes is difficult and requires a lot of work every day. But you know that it doesn’t have to hold you back. Part of diabetes awareness means letting friends, family and the general public know that you can live well with this disease and chase your dreams – whatever those dreams may be. So, […]Read More »

Now Available: MiniMed Connect!

As many of you know, in June we received FDA clearance of MiniMed Connect. Today, we’re thrilled to announce we’re now shipping the first and only product that discretely and conveniently displays both insulin pump and CGM data on your smartphone. Of course, it also allows caregivers to remotely monitor your diabetes data and can […]Read More »

My Favorite CGM Feature: High and Low Predictive Alerts

As a busy wife, mother, and student, MiniMed Ambassador Alexis, gives some credit of her successful diabetes management to her insulin pump and continuous glucose monitor (CGM). While insulin pump therapy changed her diabetes management, starting on CGM took her management to another level. Alexis shares her favorite CGM feature – High and Low Predictive […]Read More »

Nighttime With Threshold Suspend

Diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 8, before blood glucose (BG) meters, Donna Winchester monitored her BG through regular urine tests several times a day. Over 35 years later, she is now managing her diabetes with the MiniMed 530G with Enlite. Recently, Donna had a nighttime experience with Threshold Suspend she shares with us […]Read More »

Take The Medtronic Community Member Survey

We love our community members and want to be sure we’re doing all we can to help you or your loved ones live a happier, healthier life with diabetes. To get a better understanding of who you are and how you use social media for diabetes information and support, we put together a quick survey […]Read More »

MasterLab 2015: Raising Voices For Diabetes Advocacy

We had a great time sponsoring the second annual MasterLab Diabetes Advocates conference again this year in Orlando. Hosted by the Diabetes Hands Foundation, this event brings together leaders from across the diabetes community to speak and learn about diabetes advocacy. Wanting to provide advocates in the Diabetes Online Community (DOC) the tools to sharpen […]Read More »

How To: Handle Common CGM Sensor Errors

The D-Force is back! This time, D-Force D-tective Lacquitta and Trendsetter Kelly take on CGM sensor errors. Need more CGM tips? Check out Enlite Insertion Technique and Performance and Helpful CGM Calibration Tips.Read More »

New Clinical Trial Brings Artificial Pancreas Closer

As part of our commitment to greater freedom and better health for people with diabetes, Medtronic has been advancing artificial pancreas research and development for decades. It’s a step-by-step process toward a very important goal: allowing people with diabetes to achieve better clinical outcomes, spend less time on their diabetes management, and more time living […]Read More »

It’s All About the Trend: A Tour de Cure Cycling Adventure

Tour de Cure cyclist John Burger was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes almost 30 years ago. One of the coping mechanisms he found uplifting was becoming involved in diabetes advocacy, including participating in ADA’s Tour de Cure event to raise funds to stop diabetes. John found a real sweet spot for diabetes control with exercise […]Read More »

Tips For Someone Considering Insulin Pump Therapy

Are you currently on multiple daily injections and considering insulin pump therapy? Meet these four individuals who all live with diabetes and wear a MiniMed insulin pump, and previously managed their diabetes with multiple daily injections (MDI). Hear what they have to say about making the switch! Already on pump therapy? Share your tips in […]Read More »

Debunking 6 Myths Of Insulin Pump Therapy

There are some common myths about insulin pump therapy, and if you’re thinking about pumping, it’s important to gather all your facts before making a decision to start. We asked Registered Dietitian and Medtronic Diabetes Educator of three years, Jessica, to debunk some of these myths for us and provide you with a better picture […]Read More »

Meet Gretchen: One Amazing Woman with Diabetes Making a Difference

One of the 10 2014 Bakken Invitation honorees, Gretchen Merritt, has lived with type-1 diabetes most of her life. For Gretchen, who began using an insulin pump at age 22, diabetes does not hold her back from accomplishing her goals – including her passion to make a difference in the lives of others. On this […]Read More »

From Type 1 Diabetes to IronMan: A Triathletes Journey

“Diabetes is just a disease. I wasn’t going to let it define me.” IronMan is one of the longest and most strenuous triathlons in the world, made up of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, and 26.2 mile run. It’s a challenging event for anyone and for someone with diabetes, it can be […]Read More »

Behind the Wheel with Diabetes

Today we’d like to welcome Senior Diabetes Clinical Manager, Certified Diabetes Educator, and Registered Dietitian, Donna Murray. Donna worked in various Dietitian roles for over 18 years, wrote nutrition articles for Livestrong, and started her own nutrition website Inside Out Nutritional Health before beginning her career at Medtronic Diabetes. She lives by the mantra “diabetes […]Read More »

World Diabetes Day: Blue Circles Across the Globe

November 14 marks World Diabetes Day, an annual campaign led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and its member associations that engages millions of people worldwide in diabetes advocacy and awareness. The day itself marks the birthday of Doctor Frederick Banting, whose research, along with Charles Best, led to the discovery of insulin in 1922. […]Read More »

Diagnosis Didn’t End the Run: Congratulations 2014 Global Heroes

Running long distances was never supposed to be easy, and it becomes even harder when your body becomes a barrier. For runners diagnosed with medical conditions, this is a reality. It’s so inspiring to see those impacted by medical technology overcome everyday hurdles, and each year, Medtronic hosts the Global Heroes program to celebrate some […]Read More »

What Worried Me About Insulin Pump Therapy

How is it going to make me feel? Where do I wear it? Will it be complicated to use? These are just a few of the concerns we hear from people when we ask them about their concerns for starting insulin pump therapy. Watch this video to hear four people living with diabetes share their […]Read More »

CareLink Personal Gets an Upgrade!

Update – November 10, 2014: CareLink Personal is now compatible with OS X Yosemite (10.10)! We appreciate your patience while we worked to update, test, and validate CareLink with Mac’s latest operating system. Today, we’re excited to share that CareLink Personal will soon be compatible with more operating systems and software! The much anticipated support […]Read More »

How the MiniMed Insulin Pump Impacts Lives

Better control, more physical and emotional energy, increased confidence. These are just a few of the comments we often hear from people when we ask them about the impact a MiniMed insulin pump has had on their lives. Watch this video to learn more from four of these people. Want to share how insulin pump […]Read More »

Sensor Glucose and Blood Glucose: What's the Difference?

Many of you have been wondering what the difference is between sensor glucose and blood glucose values. To help give you a better understanding, this video demonstrates and explains why the two values will rarely match and are expected to be different. Have questions after watching the video? Let us know in the comments below.Read More »

New Consensus Statement from AACE and ACE on Insulin Pump Therapy

This week, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) and the American College of Endocrinology (ACE) updated their consensus statement on insulin pump therapy. If you or someone in your life lives with diabetes, you may be wondering: 1) what is a consensus statement and 2) what does this mean for me?Read More »

Cary Talbot Talks Future Product Development and Customer Feedback

Director of Marketing for the Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) business, Cary Talbot, leads an entire team focused on planning the development of future CGM systems. His team focuses on understanding our customers, their perspective on current products, and what they need to better manage diabetes. Cary shares insights into how customer feedback gets incorporated in the CGM product development cycle through his Marketing team's activities.Read More »

10 Things to Know When Switching to MiniMed 530G with Enlite

Michelle Shaw is a daughter, friend, wife, mother of three boys (ages 8, 6, and 4), registered nurse, Medtronic employee, an athlete, and a person living with type 1 diabetes for 27 years. After pumping for 17 years, and wearing a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) for 7 years, Michelle recently switched from the MiniMed Paradigm Revel and Sof-sensor to the MiniMed 530G with Enlite. This article was previously published in our News to Infuse Newsletter, and we thought you'd enjoy us sharing it!Read More »

TrialNet: Screening for Type 1 Diabetes

You may remember guest blogger Amanda Griswold's entry on deciding to have her son screened for autoantibodies predictive of the development of type 1 diabetes through the research program, TrialNet. Today, we want to remind you of this program, and how it can help us learn more about how type 1 diabetes develops and ways to delay and prevent it.Read More »

How To: Use the Threshold Suspend Feature

Our latest integrated system, MiniMed 530G with Enlite, offers the new feature of Threshold Suspend. Threshold Suspend is a Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) enabled feature that is designed to automatically stop insulin delivery when your sensor value reaches or falls below a pre-set threshold. You may have heard the news about this important step toward a fully automated artificial pancreas, but how does it actually work?Read More »

Life Is A Journey, Not A Race: Vince Myers

It is my pleasure today to introduce Vince Myers. Vince was the first person in the United States to receive the MiniMed530G system, and is an extremely motivating guy. After 6 years of being on just an insulin pump, Vince's A1C hung around 7.0, but his inactivity had taken a toll on his body, making him feel sluggish and out of shape. Determined to get in better health, Vince began training for his first 5k race one year ago, and just finished his first 10k last month.Read More »

A Lifetime Of Helping To Improve The Lives Of Those With Diabetes: Kelly Joy

Today, I am so pleased to introduce you to Kelly Joy, the Senior Director of Education and Professional Relations here a Medtronic. Kelly has devoted her life to improving the lives of those living with diabetes. Growing up with her mother having type 1 diabetes, Kelly knows first-hand the impact that diabetes has on the family unit. She has worked for Medtronic for over 25 years, and has held a variety of positions within the organization over that time.Read More »

What's New About Enlite: Medtronic's Newest CGM Sensor

Since launching MiniMed 530G with Enlite a few weeks ago, many customers have asked us how Enlite is different from previous sensors. So, we went to Jeff Myers, Product Manager from our CGM team, to give us the scoop. Here's what he had to say.Read More »

One Spooky Diagnosis Story

On Halloween, third grader Kelly Kunik anticipated dressing up, trick-or-treating, and eating candy with her friends. Instead, she was learning about insulin and what a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes would mean for the future of her childhood. Kelly now wears a MiniMed pump and serves as a blogger and diabetes advocate. We are so glad that she shared her Halloween diagnosis story with us! Leave Kelly a note of encouragement in the comments, and be sure to wish her a Happy Diaversary!Read More »

A Thirty Year Journey With Medtronic

I've met a lot of people with diabetes, and Cindy Tenney is one that stands out as one of the most fascinating. She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 13 and has lived a full life with diabetes. When it comes to diabetes technology, she's seen it all as she wore our very first insulin pump, the MiniMed 502.Read More »

MiniMed 530G With Enlite: Your Top Questions Answered

Since announcing the news that we received FDA approval of MiniMed® 530G with Enlite on Friday, it's been great to hear so many of you share in our excitement about this new product and critical first step toward a fully automated artificial pancreas. Hearing from you here on The LOOP as well as on Facebook and Twitter, as always, is really wonderful. In addition to sharing enthusiasm for this new technology, you've asked many very good questions.Read More »

Running Toward Your Dreams: Congratulations To The 2013 Medtronic Global Heroes

If you live with the help of a medical device, you have at least a few additional hurdles to face in order to live well and accomplish your goals. That's why it' so inspiring to see people overcoming these hurdles in both everyday ways and really big ones. To celebrate some of these big accomplishments, every year Medtronic hosts the Global Heroes program.Read More »

Off To Boarding School With Diabetes

Earlier this year we introduced you to Ed Monas, who you learned has many titles, two of which are Director of Sales Initiatives and Distributor Operations here at Medtronic and "diabetes dad." Ed and his wife Linda have a son Grey who has had type 1 diabetes since he was 10 months old. Grey is now a teenager and taking more and more responsibility for his own diabetes. Last fall, he even spent a semester at boarding school 2,000+ miles away from home.Read More »

Summertime Diabetes Management Routines: Extreme Heat Edition

Our friends in the diabetes community have recently shared some great tips on how to wear an insulin pump in the summertime and how to manage your diabetes when swimming. Today we wrap up this series as they share tips specifically for when those temperatures get really extreme. How about you ? how are you braving the heat this summer?Read More »

Meet Diabetes Advocate, George Dove

I am constantly amazed at young people affected by type 1 diabetes for their resilience, bravery, and ability to seemingly step beyond their years to advocate within their local, regional, and national communities to increase awareness, fund research, and improve therapy coverage. While most kids are concentrated on school, sports, and playing with their friends, these amazing young adults somehow find time for all of that and time for spreading awareness and educating others about diabetes.Read More »

Summertime Diabetes Management Routines: Swim Edition

You recently heard from some of our friends in the diabetes community who shared their tips for how to wear an insulin pump in the summertime. Today they're back to talk about diabetes management tips when going swimming. If you're hitting the beach, pool or lake this weekend, make sure to read on!Read More »

Summer Diabetes Management Routines: Fashion Edition

Summertime brings warmer weather, which means a lighter wardrobe of skirts, shorts and swimwear. So, we asked some of our friends in the diabetes online community for some tips on how they wear their insulin pumps with summer fashion. Read what they had to say, then tell us your own tips in the comments!Read More »

Diabetes Technology In The Family Home

Today, I'd like for you to meet Kristin Rohlman. She's a first grade teacher in Kansas with three lovely children: Levi, Lexianne, and Lucas. Lucas was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes last year and this has changed many aspects of the lives of each person in their family. But it hasn't stopped them from having an active lifestyle by enjoying many sports, including playing baseball, biking, and swimming.Read More »

Mommyhood And Diabetes

You've heard from Elisa Marchetti before in the blog post about her travel adventures from Costa Rica to China and her touching story in the Medtronic edition of You Can Do This. Today, Elisa shares the story of becoming a new Mommy! Read on about her experiences entering into Mommy-hood, and allow us to take this time to wish Elisa and all the moms out there a Happy Mother's Day!Read More »

Remembering Dr. Rubin

A few weeks ago, the diabetes community lost a very dear friend, Dr. Richard R. Rubin. An associate professor of medicine and pediatrics for The Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Rubin spent his career helping people with diabetes and their families manage the emotional and psychological challenges of the disease.Read More »

Meet Diabetes Dad Ed Monas

Anyone with children will tell you how difficult it can be to balance both career and family ? probably even more difficult than they ever imagined before the kids arrived. Now imagine you're a successful attorney with a demanding career as a partner in a law firm. And then your first baby ? at only 10 months old ? is diagnosed with diabetes.Read More »

Road Trip With Diabetes

Today we welcome back our favorite sky-diver with diabetes, Michael Craig, who's here to share some exciting news - he's moving across the country for an exciting new job with the JDRF! Of course, new jobs are stressful and moving is a hassle for anyone. But there's even more to think about and plan for if you live with type 1 diabetes. Hear how Michael is managing it all and join us in congratulating him on such an exciting time in his life!Read More »

March Madness in Las Vegas - Diabetes Edition

You may remember Brett Griswold from some of our previous blogs such as On Love and Diabetes, Screening for Type 1 Diabetes and When to Tell Your Valentine about your Diabetes. Today, Brett shares with us how he prepares to manage his diabetes while vacationing in Las Vegas during March Madness. How do you prepare for vacation?Read More »

Joy On Using The MiniMed To Help Manage Her Childs Diabetes

Today, we hear from Jake's mom, Joy. She talks about how she was initially nervous to transition to insulin pump therapy to help manage Jake's type 1 diabetes. She found that with practice it became easier and now even brings her peace of mind. Listen to her story and tell us: what were your concerns before starting your child on insulin pump therapy and what's life like for your family now?Read More »

John Mastrototaro Talks About The Road To The Artificial Pancreas On TuDiabetes

As some of you may know, we've teamed up with the Diabetes Hands Foundation for a series of Live Interviews with Medtronic leaders, broadcast over at TuDiabetes. If you missed the first two, be sure to check out the archives of Dr. Francine Kaufman and Lane Desborough. For the third event in the series, we're thrilled to have Dr. John Mastrototaro discussing a very popular topic - the road to the artificial pancreas.Read More »

Meet Jack: 13 And Living With Diabetes

Regardless of age, the decision to use an insulin pump to help manage diabetes is a huge decision for both the person of diabetes and their loved ones. We recently sat down with 13-year-old Jack to talk about his decision to go on the pump and how it's affected his day-to-day diabetes management. To hear even more from Jack, be sure to check out his video on WebMD.Read More »

Which Infusion Set Is Right For You?

A new year often brings change, and one of these might include changing the type of infusion set you wear. Infusion sets come in different kinds, each with different tubing and cannula length options. Based on lifestyle changes, your body type, and fluctuations in individual needs, your healthcare team might recommend looking into other infusion sets. Since there are many options, this is a popular topic.Read More »

Life In The Wintry Mountains

It is my pleasure today to introduce competitive ski racer, Nick Ward. Nick is an extremely inspirational young guy. After his diabetes diagnosis, he was told he wouldn't be able to continue his pursuit of a competitive ski career. Passionate and driven, Nick pressed forward and continues on his quest of one day representing our nation as part of the U.S. Olympic Team.Read More »

Learn about CGM from Dr Kaufman - Live on TuDiabetes

Recently, we've been asking our customers about which diabetes management topics they'd like to learn more. Interestingly, most of the topics you tell us you want to discuss are around continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) - predictive alerts, when to calibrate, what's next in CGM technology, etc. So, when Dr. Kaufman agreed to do a Live Interview on TuDiabetes, we jumped at the chance to ask her to share more about this popular topic.Read More »

Prepping For The Holidays With Diabetes

It's that time of year again - the 8-week long flurry of festivity in the U.S. that we call "The Holidays". Feasts, travelling, gift-giving, joy (and stress) are big parts of the mix for many Americans. Of course, the celebrating can come with a few unique challenges if you live with diabetes. So, here's a roundup of some of our favorite blog entries and resources that we thought you might find most helpful this time of year.Read More »

A Part Of Me: Ashley On Wearing The MiniMed

Today we hear from Ashley, who discusses what life was like on injections and how she was worried an insulin pump would be a constant reminder of diabetes - to her and others around her. She talks about what life is really like now that she's on the MiniMed pump and how no one else needs to see the pump if she doesn't want them to. Listen to her story and tell us: What were your concerns before starting insulin pump therapy and what's life like for you now?Read More »

Be Our Guest! A Special Visit from Customer Aron Medow

As many of you know, we were thrilled to welcome Aron Medow, winner of our Facebook launch contest, to Los Angeles and Medtronic. Aron was kind enough to share with us the following very kind words about his visit. But I think we should be the ones thanking him - the team and I had a wonderful time with Aron, his beautiful wife Nellie and their adorable, high-energy little boys. Thank you Medow family - we're so glad you had a nice time here in Los Angeles!Read More »

Putting our Mission in Motion at the San Antonio and LA JDRF Walks

Today, I am pleased to share with you a guest blog from JoQuese Satterwhite, a Senior Quality Analyst Supervisor here at Medtronic. In today's post, JoQuese talks about employees living out our mission both in and out of the workplace. This year, employees had the opportunity to attend diabetes walks for the American Diabetes Association and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. JoQuese specifically shares about our recent participation in both the San Antonio and Los Angeles JDRF walks.Read More »

Election Results Are In! Find Out Who Won Favorite Diabetes Ambassador

I want to take a moment to thank all of you who participated in the Medtronic Diabetes Ambassador Election! It was exciting to host an election allowing the community to come together and share their thoughts and vote on their favorite diabetes ambassador.Read More »

We Need Your Vote! Diabetes Ambassador Election 2012!

In the spirit of the 2012 U.S. General Election held today, we thought we would run an election of our own to determine your favorite Medtronic sponsored Diabetes Ambassador of all-time. Over the last 30 years, several characters have helped us communicate with kids and kids at heart in the diabetes community. Today, the Bolus Wizard, Carl the Chameleon, and Lenny the Lion are each asking for your vote for favorite all-time Diabetes Ambassador.Read More »

Pumpkin Carving Medtronic Style!

Every holiday has its traditions. Here at Medtronic Diabetes, we wanted to partake in one of Halloween's most common traditions ? pumpkin carving? Medtronic style!Read More »

Calibration Tips For New CGM Users

Today, I'm excited to introduce Lori Schlosser, mother of 14-year-old Noah, who lives with Type 1 Diabetes. In today's guest post, Lori shares with us some of the challenges that parents face when raising a child with Type 1 Diabetes as well as some tips she has learned since Noah's recent incorporation of CGM technology into his daily diabetes management. If you have tips of your own, we'd love for you to share them with us in the comments below!Read More »

Screening For Type 1 Diabetes

You may remember today's guest blogger Amanda Griswold from earlier this year, when she and her husband Brett shared with us their unusual love story. Today we're lucky to have her back to talk about the couple's decision to have their son screened for autoantibodies predictive of the development of Type 1 Diabetes through the research program TrialNet.Read More »

The Results Are In! We Are Proud To Introduce Our Back-To-School Contest Winners

We've been inspired with how our community came together during our Back-to-School Facebook contest and shared such thoughtful tips for effective diabetes management for students of all ages. Our voting period wrapped up this past Thursday September 13th, and it's time to announce our three winners!Read More »

One Skydiver's Recount of his First 30 Days on CGM

I'm excited to share with you our first guest blog from action sports enthusiast and professional skydiver, Michael Craig. You may remember him from his interview with The LOOP back in June. Michael is definitely an inspirational guy, always going for it, and not letting life circumstances prevent him from following his dreams and doing what he loves; something that anyone can admire. Today, Michael shares some of his history with us, as well as his experiences after 30 days using CGM.Read More »

From Small Student Group to National Non-Profit Diabetes Organization

For many students and families who have a loved one living with diabetes, heading off to college for the first time can be both an exciting and scary experience. For the first time these students experience living on their own and they are ultimately responsible for their own well-being and diabetes management. The College Diabetes Network, an organization emerging on college campuses throughout the U.S. and Canada, strives to improve the lives of students on campus living with type 1 diabetesRead More »

Insulin Pumps And Continuous Glucose Monitoring Book Winners!

I would like to take a moment to first thank everyone for the wonderful diabetes management tips submitted on our Insulin Pumps and Continuous Glucose Monitoring blog by Dr. Francine Kaufman. As you know, everyone who submitted a tip was automatically entered in to a drawing to win 1 of 10 copies of her new book, Insulin Pumps and Continuous Glucose Monitoring: A User's Guide To Effective Diabetes Management.Read More »

Congratulations July Best Of The 'Betes Winners!

Today, we want to give big congratulations to the winners of this month's Best of the 'Betes Blogs! If you're not familiar, the Best of the ?Betes is the brainchild of Sara Knicks over at Moments of Wonderful and a great way to discover new diabetes blogs and bloggers. Here's how it works - Throughout the month as you're reading your favorite diabetes blogs, you can nominate your favorites in 13 different categories...Read More »

Medtronic Engineering Team Wins IDEA Award for Enlite Serter

Today we're excited to congratulate Uli Rankers and his team of engineers here at Medtronic for winning a silver IDEA award for the Enlite? Serter! The 2012 International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA?) program is a celebration of design excellence in products, sustainability, interaction design, packaging, strategy, research and concepts.Read More »

Hurricanes, Tornadoes, Earthquakes and Floods, Oh My!

Dealing with natural disasters can be daunting for anyone and whether it is flooding, fires, tornadoes, earthquakes, snow, or a hurricane, it's important for anyone to be prepared. If you're someone who lives with diabetes you also have to think about your diabetes management needs and supplies as part of that reactive plan to have in place for yourself and loved ones. About five years ago, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, we put in place a disaster relief program...Read More »

Remembering Dr. Rimoin's Diabetes Research Contributions

In case you missed it last week, the diabetes community lost someone who made a significant contribution to the understanding of diabetes - Dr. David Lawrence Rimoin.Read More »

Who Says The Sky Is The Limit?

Many people with diabetes tell the story of how, shortly after diagnosis, a friend, family member or healthcare provider says something along the lines of "You can't be at truck driver or join the military, but career-wise anything else is open to you." I've been lucky enough to meet people for whom "anything else" became a fireman, teacher, scientist, nurse, journalist, hair stylist, runner, singer or professional athlete. But meeting Michael Craig still wowed me...Read More »

Teenage Dreams and a T1 Diagnosis

Today we're excited to introduce you to Katie Janowiak, who works for the Medtronic Foundation, our company's philanthropic arm. It's an exciting job, helping Medtronic employees get involved in the communities and causes we care about. But today she's here to share something personal - her diagnosis with Type 1 Diabetes 15 years ago and what she's learned since then about living with diabetes.Read More »

Meet D-Mom Extraordinaire: Meri Schuhmacher

I am so excited to introduce you to our newest guest blogger, Meri Schuhmacher from Our Diabetic Life. With four wonderful boys (three with diabetes), she's an incredibly busy D-Mom who still always manages to find the time and warmth to support and encourage others in the diabetes community. She was one of the first to try out the mySentry Remote Glucose Monitor and we're thrilled to have her blogging for us here.Read More »

On Love and Diabetes

Valentine's Day is today - a day that's typically all about love and romance. Now, when you think of diabetes and Medtronic, romance might not be the first word to come to your mind. But when I think of diabetes, Medtronic and romance, two names immediately came to mind: Amanda and Brett Griswold. Amanda works here in Marketing with Lenny the Lion and a few other fun projects. When I first started at Medtronic someone told me a brief version of their story and all I could say was "Wow!"Read More »

Important Update on CareLink Personal

Last month, Dr. Kauffman shared how when patients upload to CareLink it helps provide her with valuable information that helps make the most of their visit together. Today, we're very excited to share the news that CareLink Personal is available for use with even more computer systems and software. The much anticipated support for MAC OS 10.7 (Lion) is now available with CareLink Personal 5.7! This version also supports Internet Explorer 9 and FireFox 5.0.Read More »

10,982 Miles with Diabetes

When I first met Blair Ryan more than a year ago, she and her Insulindependence colleague Peter Nerothin were introducing Amanda and me to a fantastic burrito place in Solano Beach, CA. With the waves of the Pacific crashing behind us, I knew right away I liked this classic SoCal woman with the big smile and contagious enthusiasm for staying fit and helping people with diabetes.Read More »

How Do You Order Your Supplies?

As you all know, living with diabetes means dealing with a lot of stuff: insulin, glucose tabs, meters, test strips, reservoirs, tape, infusion sets, sensors, skin prep, the list goes on. And, of course, you have to keep on top of ordering all this stuff, since running out can be anywhere from inconvenient to dangerous.Read More »

A New Year A New Insurance Plan

Happy 2012! With the new year, you may have a new insurance policy. Here's just a quick reminder that, if that's the case, please be sure to give us a call to update your policy information. That way, we can ensure you keep receiving your supplies without interruption.Read More »

Announcing The 2011 LOOP Halloween Contest Winners

Back in October, we asked you to share how you incorporate diabetes into your Halloween costume and told you we'd award prizes for our favorites. Truth be told, the winners were not quite what we expected (and more of the canine/feline variety) but the best of the best, nonetheless!Read More »

We're on Twitter!

Have you heard? We're now on Twitter! If you like talking with us here at The LOOP but want to know even more (in 140 characters or less), follow @MDT_Diabetes on Twitter. We'll still be posting here about twice a week and continue to look forward to your comments. But we're also really excited about being able to talk daily with the DOC on Twitter about living with diabetes and managing it with technology. See you there!Read More »

Tips And Tricks For New CGM Users

Today we hear from Celeste Cooper, who offers up some helpful sensor tips - whether you're just starting out or nearly CGM pro! For even more resources, visit the Help and Support section of our Website.Read More »

Bringing New Products to Market

Ever wonder why it takes so long for new diabetes devices to get to market? Today Dr. Mastrototaro, Vice President of Research and Development for the Diabetes business unit of Medtronic, talks about some of the time-consuming steps in the process. He also gives The LOOP a preview of the types of products Medtronic is working on for the future.Read More »

Happy Halloween! Remember To Turn In Your Costume Entries

Happy Halloween! We're sure you are excited about dressing up for Halloween this weekend. When you do, don't forget to take pics for The LOOP Halloween Costume Contest and email them to loopblog@medtronic.com long with a 300-word summary of your get-up by the 31st. We're giving prizes for our favorite three and top prize wins $100 Visa Gift card. We can't wait to see everyone's creativity! In the meantime, have a safe and spooktacular weekend!Read More »

Living on My Own With Diabetes

Today we hear from Nicole Purcell. She's had type 1 diabetes for nearly 30 years and, just recently, begun living on her own without parents or roommates for the first time ? a scary but exciting new journey . If you have any tips for Nicole or others in her situation, please share in the comments.ad, rather unceremoniously, told me she was leaving, to go back to Texas. In eighteen hours. The very next day.Read More »

Call For Entries: The LOOP Halloween Costume Contest!

Halloween is almost here - that time of year to get creative and don your favorite costume. But if you're an all-year-round diabetes superhero and wear an insulin pump or CGM, how does that fit into your October 31st ensemble?Read More »

Wedding Bells and Diabetes

Today our guest blogger is a very familiar face and voice to the DOC - Allison Blass, assistant editor at Diabetes Mine. She also writes on her personal blog, Lemonade Life. A diabetes blogger since her teen years, Allison is now a newlywed. (Say it with me...awwwwwww.....)So, who better to share with The LOOP her answer to a question we often hear from young women with diabetes ? what do you do with your insulin pump on your wedding day?Read More »

Q&A With Global Hero Lindsay Gossack

Last time, we heard from Lindsey Burch about her participating in the upcoming Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon. Today, we hear from another Global Hero ? Lindsay Gossack from Seattle, Washington. We know Lindsay has done a lot of prep for this race and wish her the best! From everyone at The LOOP, all the best to you on race day Lindsay!Read More »

Pumping And Pregnancy

Today I am so excited to introduce you to our newest guest blogger - the lovely Sarah Knotts from IGTS Blog! As a brand new first-time mom (of a perfectly precious little boy!) and new user of the MiniMed Paradigm® REAL-Time Revel™ insulin pump and continuous glucose monitor, she has a lot of interesting experience to share. The good news is, she'll be posting every month, right around this time. Please give her a warm welcome to The LOOP!Read More »

4 FAQs About Water Activities

We've been talking a lot this summer about summer vacations, repelling down waterfalls and preventing moisture damage to your pump. Today, we welcome back Amy Kellerman, a product specialist on our insulin delivery marketing team, to continue on that theme to talk about what to do with your pump and CGM for different water situations.Read More »

Back To School With Diabetes: Part 2

Today we continue with Part 2 of Dr. Dewan's post on using CareLink Personal Software in schools to better monitor students with diabetes throughout the day and improve communication between families, physicians and school nurses. Last time he talked about set-up and addressing roadblocks. In this entry, he talks about maximizing CareLink once it's implemented.Read More »

Celiabetes: Managing Diabetes And Celiac

Meet today's guest blogger, Michael DiFiore, a Marketing Associate on our Continuous Glucose Monitoring team. In this post Michael talks about living with type 1 diabetes and celiac, an autoimmune disease that affects the digestive system. According to the JDRF, he's not alone: 1 in 10 people with type 1 diabetes also have celiac. (In the general population, approximately 1 in 100 people have celiac.) Thanks Michael for sharing your story and tips for others managing both conditions.Read More »

Meet Dr. John Mastrototaro

We're very pleased to introduce you to another one of our executives with a long history of working hard to improve the lives of people with diabetes. Dr. John Mastrototaro, Vice President of Research and Development for the Diabetes business unit of Medtronic, has been with us for more than 17 years.Read More »

10 Tips For The College-Bound

Meet 22-year-old Lauren Gerenraich. Lauren has lived with type 1 diabetes for seven years, is an active volunteer with the JDRF and recently began her blog The LD. We really enjoyed her Diabetes Blog Week post where she wrote a letter to her 16-year-old self. Since she's now a college grad, we asked her to reflect a bit and offer up some tips for those of you heading off to university this fall.Read More »

6 Tips For A July 4th Celebration

July 4th is a great time to celebrate our nation's independence with friends and family, outdoor activities and (of course) food. As Americans, this is a holiday where we traditionally love to go big. If you have diabetes, a little restraint and planning might be in order, but there's no reason you can't go big on fun. Here are a few tips from our clinical team to help keep you on track.Read More »

Going For Gold

Today, meet 19-year-old Ross McDonald. Though diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 12, Ross continues to chase his dream of winning an Olympic Gold Medal. Now a two-time Massachusetts State Champion in the pole vault and a member of the University of Southern California's track team, Ross credits diabetes for teaching him to face obstacles head-on instead of pushing them aside - a valuable lesson for both on and off the field.Read More »

Have you Met Lenny Yet?

Today we welcome Stephen Gray, Marketing Associate at Medtronic, who's swinging by The LOOP to introduce you to his courageous friend Lenny the Lion ? just in case you haven't had the chance to meet him yet. As Stephen will tell you, Lenny's a busy cat with a lot of friends, including Meri Schuhmacher and her four fabulous boys ? three of whom have type 1 diabetes! Lenny is helping Meri celebrate her blogaversary (and recover from her adventurous trip to Disney Land).Read More »

Living Long With Diabetes

Last week, the Associated Press ran an article about 90-year-old Bob Krause, who recently celebrated his 85th anniversary with type 1 diabetes. That's right, his 85th anniversary! To put it in perspective, the year Bob was born, Frederick Banting and John Macleod had just discovered insulin.Read More »

TSA Screenings Update For People With Diabetes

Back in November, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) introduced new airport body scanners for passengers. We know that travelling with diabetes can be a bit nerve-wracking for some (just ask Karen Graffeo or Kelly Kunik). So it's no wonder that, six months later, airport security is still a hot topic coming into our 24-hour Helpline.Read More »

FIRST® LEGO® League 2010 Challenge

Aloha! Today we share a fun clip from students at Hanahau `oli School in Honolulu, Hawaii, who are putting their brains to work for diabetes technology. The team of third, fourth and fifth graders you see here participated in the FIRST® LEGO® League 2010 Challenge, a competition designed to get children excited about science and technology ? and teach them valuable employment and life skills.Read More »

Tour de Cure: Medtronic Team Bikes To Support ADA

Today, we hear from our very own Jenny Simonson, an Associate Product Specialist who recently rode with the Medtronic team in the American Diabetes Association (ADA) Tour de Cure in Long Beach, Ca. The bike ride is just one of many events in which Medtronic employees participate to raise funds for non-profit organizations like ADA and JDRF.Read More »

Life is Not Over, Just Altered

Today, we hear from John Berry, a dedicated firefighter from Texas, who doesn't let his diabetes stand in the way of his life-saving work. John talks to us about his "Ah-Ha" moment where he realized he needed to take better control of his health and some of the tools he now uses to manage his diabetes like temporary basal rates and predictive alerts.Read More »

Good News for Mac Lovers

A couple weeks back, Naomi talked about her logbook struggles and how CareLink? Therapy Management Software really helps her take control of her health. She's not alone ? CareLink is a very popular part of our integrated system. Customers tell us they really like seeing the cause-and-effect relationships in all those colorful charts, graphs, and tables. And it's really helpful to be able to share and discuss them with your endo.Read More »

Too Young to Burnout at 30

Today we'd like to introduce Kristen Call, another Medtronic employee living with diabetes, who initially started her career in the diabetes business unit while on MDI. Now working with Medtronic Navigation in the operating room, Kristen opens up to The LOOP about her personal challenges with treating her diabetes, and how turning 30 motivated her when she needed it most.Read More »

Job Well Done! Recognizing Effective Diabetes Management

When you work hard and perform well at your job, it's always nice to get a little recognition from the boss, right? We all know that managing diabetes effectively is no small task. So, when's the last time someone recognized you for putting in the time and effort to take control of your diabetes?Read More »