Social Community Manager

PF8A8639 (2)Naomi Kingery Ruperto, also known as The Diabetic Diva®, was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 12. Through the years she has used her voice in the diabetes community as a blogger and the author of the Sugar Free Series, which includes Sugar Free Me, Sugar Free Teens, Sugar Free Support, and Sugar Free Journey.

Her personal connection with Medtronic began in 2002 when she received her first MiniMed® insulin pump. And in 2009 she chose to build a career at Medtronic because of her passion towards the Medtronic Mission.

Naomi is the Social Community Manager for the Chief Patient Office and loves interacting with the community every day, including right here on The LOOP. Outside of work, she loves her family, her church, her bulldog, and the color pink!

 


How to Care for Your MiniMed Insulin Pump

In time, your MiniMed® insulin pump will become your side-kick. It will  go everywhere with you and will be by your side through many highs and  lows (figuratively and literally)! Since it will go along with you for so many life adventures, why not take a few extra minutes to keep your side-kick in tip-top […]Read More »

Pump Tip: Daylight Savings Spring 2017

Pump: MiniMed® Paradigm Models, MiniMed® Revel, MiniMed® 530G system, MiniMed®630G system It’s time to ‘spring forward” into springtime and warmer temperatures! Make sure you’re ready too by marking your calendar for March 12th, 2017, as Daylight Savings time ends at 2am and you must ’spring forward’ your pump’s time. The time on your insulin pump/continuous […]Read More »

10 Ways to Care for Your MiniMed Insulin Pump

10 Tips For MiniMed Insulin Pump Care | The LOOP BlogIn time, your MiniMed® insulin pump will become your side-kick. It will go everywhere with you and will be by your side through many highs and lows (figuratively and literally!) Since it will go along with you for so many life adventures, why not take a few extra minutes to keep your side-kick in tip-top […]Read More »

New Year, New You! Belts and Sport Pouches to help with your fitness goals

It’s a New Year, which means time to set your resolutions! No better time to reset and plan for the year ahead.  The most common resolutions are related to fitness. Healthy lifestyle choices are also an important part of managing your diabetes therapy and wearing an insulin pump should not limit you from staying active. […]Read More »

5 Festive Holiday Tips for People with Diabetes

Over the years we’ve featured a lot of festive and informative holiday tips here on The LOOP. From how to best bundle up to how to bolus, here’s a round up of our top 5 tips. We hope you enjoy the holiday season and that these blogs teach you something new! Bundle Up and Keep […]Read More »

Pump Tip: Changing Screen Brightness

Pump: MiniMed® 630G system Life doesn’t come in one setting, and neither should the brightness of your insulin pump screen. With the new backlit color screen on the MiniMed 630G system, the high resolution color display is readable in all light conditions (even in full sunlight). We designed it with an ambient light sensor that […]Read More »

5 Times to Use MiniMed Connect

Today, most people have a smartphone and use apps to keep track of exercise, diet and daily activities to keep a close eye on health. The MiniMed Connect app is exactly that, an app that allows a person living with diabetes to track sensor glucose readings discreetly and conveniently. Here are 5 situations where the […]Read More »

Pump Tip: Changing the Time

Pump: MiniMed® Paradigm Models, MiniMed® Revel, MiniMed® 530G system, MiniMed® 630G system It’s that time of year again. It’s time to ‘fall back’ into an extra hour of sleep! (Yay for more sleep!) Mark your calendar this weekend because Daylight Savings time ends at 2am on Sunday, November 6th, 2016. When adjusting your clocks, don’t […]Read More »

Pump Tip: How to Protect Your Insulin Pump

Pump: MiniMed® Paradigm Models, MiniMed® Revel, MiniMed® 530G system, MiniMed® 630G system The cooler weather may have you spending less time lounging on the beach and more time on the trail or football field with friends and family. No matter what activity is your fave, make sure your pump is protected. Anticipating some extra drops, […]Read More »

10 Tips for Finding Your Ideal Endocrinologist

Finding your ideal endocrinologist can be hard! Today, we’d like to feature a past article that lends 10 tips for finding the best doctor for you. Whether you’re recently diagnosed with diabetes, recently moved, or are ready for a change, selecting an endocrinologist is important to your diabetes management. The relationship you have with him […]Read More »

Pump Tip: How to Change Your Max Bolus

Pump: MiniMed Paradigm Models, MiniMed Revel and MiniMed 530G system It’s just not reasonable to expect one max bolus amount to work for every meal and every day. Some days, you may need a larger single bolus. Other days, your needs may be much smaller. The factory setting is 10 units, but this can be […]Read More »

10 Tips For MiniMed Insulin Pump Care

In time, your MiniMed® insulin pump will become your side-kick. It will  go everywhere with you and will be by your side through many highs and  lows (figuratively and literally)! Since it will go along with you for so many life adventures, why not take a few extra minutes to keep your side-  kick in […]Read More »

Innovator Interview: The MiniMed 630G System

It’s an exciting time at Medtronic Diabetes! With the recent launch of the MiniMed® 630G system there are many people that have been working tirelessly to bring this product to life and into your hands. Here’s an insider perspective from Afshin Bazargan, Director of Research and Technology Development. Outside of work, Afshin has two sons […]Read More »

15 Years with Type 1 Diabetes

I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 12 on September 2, 2001. So tomorrow I am recognizing my fifteen year anniversary with diabetes…also known as my “diaversary.” Here’s why my diaversary is a big deal. For background, I come from a family where we celebrate every chance we can get (like, […]Read More »

6 Things You Probably Don’t Know About the New MiniMed 630G System

You might have already heard about the exciting updates made on our new MiniMed® 630G system, from the remote bolusing option to waterproofing. But when it comes to diabetes tech, sometimes the little things make a big difference. That’s why we listened to the diabetes community and incorporated your feedback throughout the design process.  As […]Read More »

Pump Tip: Taking Advantage of the “Daily Totals” Feature

It’s one thing to know your Daily Totals, but you can take your diabetes management to the next level by staying on top of your history. The Daily Totals feature on your pump can provide you with instant access to a day-by-day history of your total insulin usage for the previous 32 days. You can […]Read More »

Awkward Diabetes Moments: College Edition

A few years ago we shared this post from guest blogger, Katie Janowiak, and it’s one of our favorites so we wanted to bring it back! Today, Katie currently works as the Director of Communications at the Council of Michigan Foundations dedicating her time to philanthropy and grants. She’s also a brand new mom to […]Read More »

Eye Care Tips for People with Diabetes

When I was first diagnosed I learned about the risk of diabetes complications. While these can be tough discussions to have, I knew it was important to learn the potential impact diabetes could have on my body. My eye doctor told me that eyes are one of the first places where you can become aware […]Read More »

Pump Tip: Understanding the “Auto Off” Alarm

Since insulin pumps work on your behalf throughout the day every single day, it’s so important that there are built-in safety features. One feature you might not be familiar with is the “Auto Off” alarm. “Auto Off” is a safety feature designed to automatically stop insulin delivery if for some reason you don’t press a […]Read More »

SPIbelt waist pouches now available on the Medtronic Diabetes Online Store!

New pump accessories are one of my favorite topics! We know you’re always looking for different ways to wear your pump – whether it’s while working out, sleeping, or just during your day-to-day activities. And when it comes to accessories that help with pump wear, one brand we’ve heard a lot about over the years […]Read More »

Quality of Life: Beyond the A1C

Today I want to introduce you to Caroline, a MiniMed Ambassador and Instagram-fanatic, who recently served as one of our social media correspondents at the American Diabetes Association’s 76th Scientific Sessions in New Orleans. Joined by the Medtronic team and healthcare professionals from around the world, Caroline attended countless sessions on diabetes care throughout the […]Read More »

Thyroid Disorders & Type 1 Diabetes: Diabetes Forecast

A few years ago I felt extremely sluggish and I kept thinking it was blood sugar symptoms. When I talked to my endocrinologist about this, she checked my thyroid levels and “hypothyroid” was added as a new diagnosis on my chronic illness list. It wasn’t a surprise because it runs in my family and I […]Read More »

Introducing NEW CareLink Personal Reports

Many of you have told us how much you’d like to be able to see in CareLink® Personal software the same reports and therapy insights your doctor sees in CareLink® Pro software. Great news – 7 NEW CareLink Personal reports do just that. Want to check out the new reports so you can get additional […]Read More »

Spring Cleaning: Pump And CGM Edition

Editor’s Note: Welcome to Spring! While many people are going through and cleaning their houses, we thought spring cleaning was a great time to look at how to clean your pump and CGM. We had a lot of great feedback on Naomi’s blogs on cleaning your insulin pump and CGM, and wanted to share them […]Read More »

Advocating For Your Child With Diabetes: The Parent Perspective

A few months ago, we had the pleasure of meeting (and having our hearts stolen by) 5-year-old Xavier and his family, who visited us from Perth, Australia. Today we welcome his super-mum Naomi to talk about her role advocating for his care. Q. Hi Naomi, can you tell me about Xavier’s diagnosis (how old he […]Read More »

5 Things You Might Not Know About The MiniMed 530G System

Whether you’ve had an insulin pump for a long time or are looking in to getting one for the first time, here are 5 things you might not know about the MiniMed® 530G system. 1) MiniMed 530G with SmartGuard™ technology is the only pump that takes action for you. When you’re wearing the Enlite® sensor […]Read More »

2016 Las Vegas Diabetes UnConference Recap

The Diabetes UnConference is an unstructured conference which was recently held in Las Vegas and allows those in attendance to create and moderate the agenda throughout the course of the event. Attendees can ask and answer questions and learn from their peers on such topics as diabetes burnout, depression, sex, discrimination, financial issues, getting inspired […]Read More »

Awards Season, Diabetes-Style

It’s been an exciting award season for film and music but we believe that the diabetes community has important categories to recognize, too! So we recently asked our community to vote for their favorites in a variety of categories and here are the big winners. Best Supporting Character: Your Online Crew aka the Online Diabetes […]Read More »

Dealing With Diabetes Stigma With Type 2 Diabetes

I have first-hand experiences of what it takes to live with type 1 diabetes. I often have to remind myself that I can only speak for type 1 because that’s my story and there isn’t just “one type.” Like many of you, I know people with LADA, gestational diabetes, and type 2 diabetes. And while […]Read More »

8 Tips For Getting The Most Out Of MiniMed Connect

If you’re currently using MiniMed Connect, the first and only system that lets you see pump and sensor information on your smartphone, here are some tips to help you get the most out of the product. 1. Know what you need to get started MiniMed Connect requires three components to work – your pump, the […]Read More »

Diabetes Care Kit for American Girl Dolls

When I was growing up, I had “Addy” the American Girl. I held on to her for years and recently gave her to my nieces so she can enjoy a second generation of family. I can’t imagine how it would have been if she had an insulin pump on her hip and a medical alert […]Read More »

8 Ways To Master Holiday Eating With Diabetes

During the holidays, sweet treats and savory bites surround us. For the most part, avoiding all these foods entirely isn’t really realistic, so how can you stay on top of your diabetes management while still enjoying the seasonal foods you might look forward to all year? Try incorporating these 8 healthy holiday tips into your […]Read More »

Carbohydrate Counts For Thanksgiving Food Staples

When you look at the list of holidays in the U.S., there is one holiday in particular that revolves around food and sitting around a table with many people you love – Thanksgiving. The good news about Thanksgiving meals is it often involves some well-known “staples”. I highly recommend researching carb counts in popular foods, […]Read More »

10 Tips For Coping With Diabetes

Sometimes you will have those days where you’re discouraged and feel completely overwhelmed with your diabetes. It’s important when you’re feeling this way to take a step back and challenge your perspective so you can find a way to stay motivated to keep moving forward. Managing diabetes is an ongoing process, and there are so […]Read More »

9 Tips For Celebrating Halloween With Diabetes

Between trick-or-treating, parties, and festivals, Halloween can one big sugar rush, but it doesn’t have to be. Your child with diabetes can enjoy Halloween treats in moderation, but keep in mind there’s more to October 31 than sweets. Here are 9 tips for celebrating the spooky holiday without sending glucose levels soaring. 1. Plan Ahead […]Read More »

Working Out With Diabetes: Achieving Fitness Goals

After a long career working in diabetes, business woman, fitness model, and blogger Christel Oreum, and her husband, Tobias, created TheFitBlog.com to share their passion for a healthy lifestyle and provide tools to help others achieve their fitness goals. Living with type 1 diabetes, she’s especially passionate about helping others with diabetes because of the […]Read More »

10 Tips For Finding Your Ideal Endocrinologist

Whether you’re recently diagnosed with diabetes, recently moved, or are ready for a change, selecting an endocrinologist is important to your diabetes management. The relationship you have with him or her can make a big difference in not just your quarterly visits, but also your day-to-day diabetes management and long term health. So how do […]Read More »

4 Routines For Managing Diabetes In High School

MiniMed Ambassador Addie is your classic cheerful high-school teenager who loves napping, is working through college applications, and socializes with friends. She also happens to live with type 1 diabetes. When high school started, instead of worrying about her A1C, she was worrying about her GPA. Realizing she needed an effective balance between school work […]Read More »

10 Best Practice Tips For Insulin Pump Care

Properly caring for your insulin pump is important to help protect its longevity. We’ve compiled this list of “Best Practices” for you based on common questions from customers like you. Our devices are made to be durable enough to be part of your everyday life, but like anything, sometimes it’s important to go back to […]Read More »

Diabetes Camp: From Camper To Camp Counselor

As a place to learn self-confidence, independence, be with other kids with diabetes, and simply have a wonderful time, diabetes camp can be one of the best experiences a child with diabetes can have. Exactly one month before her 13th birthday, MiniMed Ambassador, Tey, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, and two months later, attended […]Read More »

Transitioning Diabetes Care From D-Parent To Child

Willa is a bubbly pre-teen who loves to dance and easily makes new friends. She was also diagnosed with type 1 diabetes four years ago, just after her 8th birthday. As Willa transitions from a child to a pre-teen, she’s going to take on more life responsibilities, including caring for her diabetes management. Willa’s mother, […]Read More »

12 Ways To Sleep With An Insulin Pump

When I first got my insulin pump and got into bed, I asked myself, “If I have to wear this to sleep, where am I supposed to put it?” I quickly found there are many answers to that simple question. Like me, many people are initially unsure of how they will sleep with an insulin […]Read More »

Accessorize Yourself!

Everyone is different and likes to wear their insulin pump in their own way. This is why we created MiniMed Accessories and have continued to add more new ones to our catalogue, offering a large range of wearable products. From style and performance, to full concealment, we think you’ll be able to find something that […]Read More »

Our Favorite Go-To Low-Carb/No-Carb Foods

Are there times when you want or need to eat something with low or no carb, but aren’t sure what to eat? We asked our friends in the community to tell us their favorite low or no carb go-to diabetes foods. We received hundreds of great food options, and listed them by category for you […]Read More »

Top 9 Funniest Moments With Diabetes

I know diabetes is hard, but if you take a step back, you can often find some funny stories hidden underneath all of the highs and lows. Whether you’re eating salsa in the middle of a grocery store isle during a low blood sugar or being accused of having your electronics on during a lesson […]Read More »

My Destination Wedding With Diabetes

One of my favorite types of blog posts to read is how women with diabetes manage their diabetes on a wedding day. How does it fit in with the dress, the menu, the event flow? I’ve come to realize the reason a wedding stands out from other couple-of-hour events, like prom or a birthday party, […]Read More »

Enlite Insertion Technique And Performance

We’re thrilled to introduce our new video series, MiniMed FUNdamentals, to help answer some common questions about MiniMed 530G with Enlite in real-life scenarios! We’ve rounded up the D-Force to help. They’re real Medtronic Diabetes customers just like you – just a little more, er, animated. Each person in the D-Force represents one of the […]Read More »

What’s Your D-Type?

We know that diabetes is serious, but sometimes it’s ok to try and have a little fun. You may have taken or seen our social media quiz, “What’s Your D-type?” on our Medtronic Diabetes Facebook Page that was launched this past June. And no, we’re not talking about type 1 or type 2 diabetes, but […]Read More »

Reasons Why I Continue To Be Part Of The Medtronic Family

Our Medtronic family members are so important to us, so we asked the community, “What are the reasons you’ve stayed a Medtronic customer through the years?” We received an amazing outpour of over 1,200 reasons, and are excited to share 10 of our favorite heartfelt comments. When the team and I read through all of […]Read More »

How To: Use The Missed Bolus Reminder

I was sitting in a 1:30pm meeting when my pump went “Beep beep beep”. It didn’t sound like a sensor alert. I knew my reservoir was half-full. And I was sure that I hadn’t hit any buttons out of the ordinary. I looked down at the screen and it read “MISSED BOLUS.” I scrolled to […]Read More »

5 Stages of Diabetes Acceptance

TuDiabetes blogger, Rick Phillips, has lived with type 1 diabetes for more than 40 years, and grew up with a mother and aunt with type 1 diabetes. In this time, he’s come to understand that diabetes is as much an emotional journey as a physical one. The emotional journey is often a twisted road with […]Read More »

To Those Newly Diagnosed with Diabetes: What We Wish You Knew

When newly diagnosed with diabetes, it’s natural to feel overwhelmed, scared, uncertain, and confused, asking yourself, “What will my life be like now?” We asked our friends in the community what is the number one thing they wish someone who was newly diagnosed with diabetes knew. We received over 650 insightful words of wisdom, and […]Read More »

4 Tips for Infusion Set and Sensor Site Rotations

When I started the MiniMed 530G with Enlite, I committed to wearing the Enlite sensor all the time. When I wore the Sof-sensor, I took occasional sensor breaks, but now with Enlite, I didn’t want to continue that same habit. I quickly found it was important to use my “real estate” wisely when it came […]Read More »

4 Things You Can Get Out of Your CGM This Holiday Season

Even though it is a balmy 75 degrees here in Southern California, I’m one of the shameless people who have already started listening to holiday music. Whether or not you’re one of those individuals who embrace the holidays, to many, this time of year often signifies comfort and joy. Whether it’s fire on the hearth, […]Read More »

A Triathlon with Type 1 Diabetes

We’re always inspired by athletes achieving success while living with diabetes, and Lesley Edwards is no exception! Living with type 1 diabetes since age 10 and Medtronic Diabetes Clinical Manager, Lesley uses the MiniMed 530G with Enlite to manage her diabetes. While racing in her latest triathlon, her blood glucose dropped and the Threshold Suspend […]Read More »

How To Wear An Insulin Pump, From A Formal Wedding To A Day at the Beach

Living with type 1 diabetes for over 38 years, and wearing an insulin pump since the days of the “big blue brick”, MiniMed Ambassador, Cindy Tenney, has a lot of experience when it comes to diabetes technology and everyday life. You may remember Cindy from A Thirty Year Journey with Medtronic and Starting Insulin Pump […]Read More »

Children with Diabetes: Making Friends, Connections, and Memories

If you have a child with diabetes, one of the most exciting and rewarding events you can take them to is the annual Friends for Life conference at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. This is such a special occasion for everyone who attends, and the Medtronic team always looks forward to meeting the “sweet” families […]Read More »

The Bionic Teacher With An Insulin Pump

It's often the simple, day-to-day interactions that create the best stories and memories. Erica Hammon, a Special-Education teacher from Salt Lake City, Utah, shared with News to Infuse the story behind her students calling her the Bionic Teacher. Leave a comment if you feel you can relate!Read More »

Starting Insulin Pump Therapy: Why Wait?

Considering insulin pump therapy, but on the fence about wearing one? Pumper since age 17 and person with type 1 diabetes for 37 years, Cindy Tenney, encourages you not to wait. Watch the video to find out why.Read More »

Why Sensor Glucose and Blood Glucose Won't Always Match

Many of you have been wondering why the glucose number on your pump or CGM receiver doesn't always match the number on your meter. To help give you a better understanding, this video 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 »

9 Appointment Reminders: Don't Forget These!

I believe people with diabetes are like super heroes, but we don't realize it. I say this to drive home the fact that we deal with a lot, and we manage both big and small details involved in day to day care, and we don't always step back to recognize that.Read More »

Starting Insulin Pump Therapy: 8 Frequently Asked Questions

Certified Diabetes Educator pumper for 25 years, and person with type 1 diabetes for over 42 years, Dawna Sanchez, has trained many patients (including me!) on insulin pump therapy, and there have been some common themes that surface when she starts training. Today, Dawna is sharing her knowledge and experience with you, as both a patient and a professional, in addressing eight commonly asked questions.Read More »

Insulin Pump and CGM Settings: Back em up!

Do you know what your diabetes device settings are? Some people are diligent about backing up and updating their smartphones or laptops, but what about your insulin pump and CGM settings? It's good to save your pump settings in CareLink Personal and/or myMedtronic Connect, but what if you need to access your settings and aren't near a computer or cell phone?Read More »

MiniMed 530G with Enlite: Getting Started

In this video, two of our clinical specialists walk you through the steps to getting started on the new MiniMed 530G with Enlite. Once you've been trained on the new system, we recommend watching this video for a refresher on the process of changing out your infusion set and sensor. Have questions after watching the video? Let us know in the comments below!Read More »

4 Tips for Organizing your Diabetes Supplies

Has this ever happened to you? You think you have a couple of reservoirs left in your drawer, it's a long holiday weekend, and before you know it, it's time to change out your infusion set and reservoir. You look in your drawer and find that you don't have any left. Have you ever been here before? I know I have. With spring here and all of the "spring cleaning" you might be doing, consider adding your diabetes supplies to the list of household items that need some organization.Read More »

Preparing For Spring Break With Diabetes

Spring is upon us and as many college students prepare for that much anticipated (and well-deserved) spring break, we wanted to take the opportunity to remind everyone to make sure to take the necessary steps and pack accordingly to ensure you make the most of your vacation! Today, Megan Zwerling, a sophomore studying biomedical engineering, joins us to share how she - and her roommate - are preparing for their trip south! Let us know what tips you have in the comments below.Read More »

Better Together: Inside Scoop On The MiniMed Integrated System's Relationship

In light of the Valentine's Day holiday this month, we wanted to highlight our integrated insulin pump and continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) system with a little bit of relationship humor. Just imagine if the MiniMed 530G insulin pump and CGM devices were in a relationship with each other. They were just two lonely devices paired up by Medtronic Diabetes to help those with diabetes achieve better control.Read More »

Enlite How To: Inserting The Sensor

Today, Michael walks you through a live demonstration of inserting the new Enlite sensor. With the improved design of the new Enlite serter, the needle is completely hidden and inserted at a 90 degree angle. All you need to start is alcohol swabs, the Enlite glucose sensor, Enlite serter, sensor over tape, and the MiniLink transmitter.Read More »

Diabetes Management: All About Insight

Today, I want to introduce you to Spears. He has had diabetes for 16 years, and recently participated in a clinical trial of a MiniMed insulin pump with Threshold Suspend. As Spears shares in this video, so much of diabetes management is about having valuable insight to help you make decisions. Now that I think about it, that's pretty true for life in general, too!Read More »

New Year, New Pump And CGM

Anytime you get a new device, you rip open the package with anticipation. You're likely losing patience to turn it on and begin using it, and then it dawns on you, it was shipped to you with "factory settings" which means you need to now make it your own. This happened to me a few months ago when I got a new cell phone, and it happened to me more recently when I got my new MiniMed 530G system. And unlike my phone, I knew I needed to wait to be trained before I started using my new pump.Read More »

Pumping Into a New Job

Today, we bring you another installment from Elisa Marchetti. Elisa has previously guest blogged about traveling with diabetes, and more recently about managing diabetes and being a new mom. Today, Elisa joins us to talk about life changes with diabetes. Specifically, starting a new job. If you've recently gone through a big life transition, please share it with us in the comments below.Read More »

Cooking Up Some Diabetes Inspiration

Today I'd like to introduce you to Marian Minugh, a recent culinary school graduate and inspiring person living a full life with type 1 diabetes. Marian grew up as an "army brat" and moved around a lot in her younger years. She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes on May 19, 1986 and has worn a MiniMed insulin pump for the last 11 years. Marian is a mom, wife, daughter, sister and friend. Her career path has led her to be a manager, bartender, and she is now a chef for a catering company.Read More »

MiniMed 530G With Enlite Training: Thoughts From An Experienced Pumper

I've now worn an insulin pump for eleven years (all of them have been MiniMed models) and have worked here at Medtronic for over four years. With each pump upgrade, I have become more and more familiar with what needs to be done. Traditionally, I've just input all my settings, learned about new menu structures, and referenced the user guide or website for reminders when I needed them. Over time, I've grown to be more confident in my skills as "an experienced pumper."Read More »

A Dose Of Diabetes Encouragement

As a person living with diabetes for the past twelve years, I know how extremely challenging and tedious the daily tasks can sometimes be. But I also know that it's important to try to do what is in our control to try to change our perspective and the way we view our daily tasks involved with diabetes management.Read More »

World Diabetes Day, The Blue Circle And So Much More

In honor of World Diabetes Day, we have a special treat for you! Meet Debbie Jones from the International Diabetes Federation. She has an extremely impressive resume (which you will hear about below) and is a true asset to the diabetes community. Here's what Debbie has to say about this special day with some interesting facts you might have not known about November 14th and the work of the International Diabetes Federation before now!Read More »

Diabetes and Pregnancy: Bundle of Joy x2 Part 2

Earlier in the year we introduced you to Shannon, who at the time was pregnant with twins! She shared her pregnancy story with us and showed that thanks to good diabetes management (including an insulin pump and CGM) and a close collaboration with her healthcare team, she was able to have two successful pregnancies. Since we last heard from Shannon, she has given birth to two beautiful twin boys and today, she's here to update us on the recent additions to her family!Read More »

MiniMed 530G With Enlite Explained

Since receiving FDA approval for the MiniMed 530G with Enlite in September, it has been really enjoyable hearing your feedback, and most recently, your experiences using the new system. In addition to sharing your enthusiasm for this new technology, you've asked some good questions. To help you understand what's new we created a video for you. Still have questions after watching? Let us know in the comments!Read More »

Explaining Active Insulin

True or false? Active insulin is a type of insulin that is out-going, heavily involved in sports and enjoys outdoor activities. False, it's actually an interesting and really important insulin pump feature included in the Bolus Wizard feature of our insulin pumps!Read More »

My Experience With The Enlite Sensor: Ashlie Blaske

Today I want to introduce you to Ashlie, a passionate 23-year old waitress who is pursuing a goal to work at a children's hospital. She has had diabetes since the age of 17 and wears a MiniMed insulin pump. Earlier this year, Ashlie had the opportunity to take part in a clinical trial through her doctor's office which allowed her to use the Enlite sensor.Read More »

Trying A New Infusion Set Site Location

I look forward to my endocrinologist appointments because it's an opportunity for me to get the most out of my diabetes management. Take my last appointment, for example, where we discussed trying an infusion set in a new place for the very first time. While discussing this, my doctor recommended testing my blood glucose more frequently to make sure that I know whether or not the insulin absorption is the same for my new infusion set site location compared to my previous site locations.Read More »

Tips for Caring for Your CGM MiniLink Transmitter

If you're planning to not use your transmitter for a little while, it's important to remember to properly store your transmitter during that time in order to retain optimal battery life. This is a topic that not a lot of Medtronic customers have really thought about, so I touched base with my co-workers Kristin, a CGM Product Specialist, and Rob, a Customer Experience Driver from the 24-Hour HelpLine, to get their tips on some things to consider when storing your transmitter:Read More »

Back-to-School Tips Round Up From Our Community

You might remember that last year we did our very first "Back-to-School" Contest with our Facebook community. The premise was simple: tell us your best back-to-school tip and you could be a winner. Three winners were selected but narrowing it down was TOUGH because there were so many informational and insightful tips from our community.Read More »

Tips From A DMom For An Athletic Child

Oftentimes the bond between a child with diabetes and their parents can be extremely special and this story is no exception! Meet Jane and Mac, the dynamic mother-son-duo. Mac was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 9 and began on a Medtronic insulin pump soon after. He is now an active 12-year-old with two brothers and one sister. He plays football, basketball, golf, and swims. He is also currently getting ready to compete in the World Archery Tournament in St. Louis! Here is his storyRead More »

Understanding The Bolus Wizard Feature

When I think of the Bolus Wizard, I think of a Wizard named "Merlin" with a magical wand and special powers. Although the Bolus Wizard on your insulin pump doesn't have powers, it is actually a calculator (a calculator I don't recommend using when taking your math test but definitely one that you can use for diabetes management). Not everyone uses the Bolus Wizard, but I think it's one of the best features of my insulin pump.Read More »

Being Prepared With A Diabetes Management Back-Up Plan

As a kid, you might have loved going to the circus to watch acrobats fly through the air, grabbing each other's arms and legs as they swung from one trapeze to the other. You might have thought, "I can do that!" However, when they took away the safety net below, oh how quickly our minds changed! When someone talks about having a back-up plan, the first words that might come to mind is "safety net." It's always good to be prepared for every type of scenario.Read More »

Introducing James: Our Amazing Moments Video Contest Winner!

In April we were thrilled to launch our first video contest for our Medtronic Diabetes Facebook Community. It was called Amazing Moments and the premise was simple: submit a video of what living life to the fullest means to you. We were blown away by the submissions from our creative and passionate Facebook community! Once all the videos were submitted, we asked the community to vote for their favorite and you chose the video submitted by our Facebook fan, James Jackson!Read More »

Getting Hitched with Diabetes: The Groom's Perspective

We often receive Medtronic customer stories through our Facebook "Share Your Story" app and many of them stand out. When we received a brief introduction and picture of Steve and Carolyn on their wedding day, we couldn't stop talking about how cute we thought it was! We knew we wanted to hear more about their story, so I reached out to Steve (who has had type 1 diabetes since the age of 22) to hear more about how he managed his diabetes with his MiniMed insulin pump on this picture perfect day.Read More »

Blog Roundup: Summertime Water Tips

One of the first questions I had when I first got my MiniMed insulin pump was, "How do I wear my pump in places that have water, like a beach?" I soon found out that there are several options and sometimes it just takes some extra thought into how you're going to handle it - but a pump is no reason to miss out on a fun-filled beach day!Read More »

From Resenting To Accepting My Diabetes

When I met Amanda Bauer online through the diabetes community and found out she has diabetes and LOVES her pink insulin pump and pink mio infusion set, I knew that we would become fast friends since we have that in common! That's exactly what happened with Amanda and me. Amanda is 20 years old, has lived with type 1 diabetes since the age of 11, and has been on a MiniMed insulin pump for the last 8 years.Read More »

A Back-Up Insulin Pump In Your Bag

One of the reasons that we post on The LOOP is to educate our customers on the benefits and value added resources available to them. It seems like one topic that there's always an appetite to learn more about is travel! There are questions like how to go through airport security, what to do with your Medtronic devices on an airplane, how to adjust to a new place with varied temperatures and sceneries, you name it.Read More »

My Go-To Insulin Pump Feature: Temp Basal

One of my favorite things about my insulin pump (other than being pink, of course) is that I can use as few or as many of the advanced features during different phases of my life as I want. After over a decade on my pump, I've pretty much used it all, but I have a few "go-to" features that I use the most and one is the temporary basal rate (or "temp basal").Read More »

3 Steps To Customize Your CGM Alarms

Today, I'm happy to bring you another guest blog from Kristin Baker, a CGM Product Specialist here at Medtronic. Last time we heard from Kristin she talked about Optimizing Diabetes Management using 3 types of CGM alerts. This time Kristin talks about decreasing CGM alerts with the use of CareLink Personal software. Let's hear what she has to say.Read More »

Prepping For Prom With An Insulin Pump

The great group of friends, check. The corsage, check. The special dress, check. Where to wear an insulin pump? Still trying to figure that out. This is what the check list sounded like as one of our customers named Kelly prepared for prom. One of the important events in a teenager's life is getting the opportunity to go to prom. When you have diabetes and an insulin pump it takes just a little extra planning.Read More »

How To Change Your Insulin Pump Site According To 5-Year-Old Eli

We often hear from people of all ages that insulin pump therapy can be daunting at first. However, it usually doesn't take long for changing sets and using the Bolus Wizard to become second nature. (Figuring out the exact carb count on your favorite takeout or nailing down those overnight basal rates might take a bit more trial and error.)Read More »

Spring Cleaning With Diabetes Supplies

Like me, you probably have a diabetes supply drawer (unofficially) labeled with "I have no idea what to do with these." We recently asked a question to our Facebook community that read, "Spring is almost here! Are you planning to do some spring cleaning with your diabetes supplies?" and it sounded like the community had some of the same questions I had about best practices for disposing of these supplies. So what are you supposed to do with different diabetes supplies?Read More »

Diabetes, a Family Business

I recently shared part one of a two part interview with Steve and Elissa Renouf. To make a long (and incredible) story short, Steve is a world famous Rugby player from Australia and has type 1 diabetes. He is married to Elissa, and together they have five children, four of whom also have diabetes! Here is the second part of their interview where they discuss how diabetes has impacted the future of their family, including becoming the foundational idea for a successful business.Read More »

Call For Entries: Medtronic Global heroes Program

Remember Celine Parent, Lindsey Burch, and Lindsay Gossack? Not only do they have living with diabetes in common, they're also inspirational insulin pumpers and Medtronic Global Heroes! Along with these blog posts, you can hear more stories from the 2012 Global Heroes in this video.Read More »

Optimizing Diabetes Management: 3 Layers Of CGM Alerts

With diabetes, it's extremely important to know where your blood glucose is, where it's going, and how fast it's getting there. Today, Kristin Baker, a CGM Product Specialist here at Medtronic joins us to talk about three types of continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) alerts to help with that information ? Threshold, Predictive, and Rate of Change alerts.Read More »

This Valentine's Day, Spare A Rose And Save A Child

At Medtronic, we love seeing when the diabetes community gets involved with a campaign that can help people with diabetes and "Spare a Rose, Save a Child" is no exception to this. This community initiative was created by Kelly Close, Manny Hernandez, Bennet Dunlap, Kerri Sparling, and Jeff Hitchcock, with the following premise: "Spare a Rose, Save a Child" is simple: buy one less rose this Valentine's Day and share the value of that flower with a child with diabetes in the developing world.Read More »

Tackle This: Pro Rugby Player And Family Face Diabetes x5

Every now and then, I meet a person with diabetes who stands out so much that this encounter is added to my list of those meetings I will never forget. Steve Renouf is a world famous Rugby player from Australia who during his successful sports career became one of the greatest players to have ever played in the Brisbane Broncos Club. Steve and his wife Elissa have been married for 22 years and they have five children.Read More »

Diabetes And Pregnancy: Bundle Of Joy x2

Many women say that pregnancy is a time that transforms their future knowing they are carrying the child they will one day hold in their arms. It's exciting, intimidating, and down-right frightening at times. And when you are a woman with diabetes experiencing pregnancy, many of these emotions can be drastically highlighted.Read More »

Mari Ruddy Returns From India!

We recently heard from Mari Ruddy as she prepared for the trip of a lifetime to India with our Medtronic Team. She had the opportunity to travel through four Indian cities to raise awareness about living with diabetes and managing it with technology. Her trip was a success and was recognized in a variety of Indian Press outlets. She was able to make an impact on the hearts of many people (which we knew she would!).Read More »

Our Favorite Support Blog Posts From 2012

All year long I have had the pleasure of writing a variety of support related blog posts here on The LOOP. While using technology to assist with a disease as complex as diabetes, there is an opportunity to learn something new every day.Read More »

Spotlight: Medtronic Global Hero, Celine Parent

I would like for you to meet Celine Parent. After a diagnosis with diabetes, she saw that her life would take a different path which would one day include becoming a half marathoner and triathlete. Recently, she was selected to run a 10 mile race as a Medtronic Global Hero because of her work in the diabetes community. (This is an awesome accomplishment!) Read her story about the biggest marathon in her life, ten years with diabetes.Read More »

Bolus Options For Your Thanksgiving Feast

As Thanksgiving approaches you might be thinking one of three things: the arrival of the pilgrims to North America, what you are thankful for, and what yummy meal(s) you might be eating the day of! So as you prepare for your Thanksgiving feast, let's talk about the word that goes hand in hand with feast, "bolus."Read More »

World Diabetes Day: The Morning After

Today is November 15, the day after the awe inspiring annual World Diabetes Day. Although yesterday was filled with hope and unity, if you will allow me to be frank here for a moment, I feel sad today. It is the day after a very important day, but my friends and I in the diabetes community still have the same disease we had yesterday with the same struggles we dealt with on November 14th, 13th, and every day before.Read More »

Planning For The Trip Of A Lifetime

Editor's Note: I am excited to introduce our guest blogger Mari Ruddy, a long-time Medtronic customer and diabetes advocate, two time breast cancer survivor and endurance athlete. She has had type 1 diabetes for 31 years and is the founder of the Red Rider Program of the American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure and the Director of TeamWILD. Today she tells readers about her upcoming trip to India with our Medtronic team.Read More »

Don't Try This At Home: Skydiving With Lenny The Lion

Like any workplace, here at Medtronic Diabetes, we go through phases of conversations and activities that are often the topic of hallway and cafeteria table conversations. One of the things you might hear around here lately is, "Did you see the video of that guy jumping out of a plane with Lenny the Lion? The one with an insulin pump?"Read More »

6 Battery Tips For Keeping Your Insulin Pump Powered Up

I've always believed that as a person with diabetes it's important to take what I learn and share this information with others. I have many times benefited by being on the receiving end and learning from my friends with diabetes. I like to use my blog posts as a way to educate and share interesting tips, but to also share my personal experiences (even if it means sharing my mistakes, like I'm about to...)Read More »

Meet Your Individual Needs Using Basal Patterns

I typically use most of the options my insulin pump offers, from linking my blood glucose meter to communicate with my pump, to using temporary basal rates when I need to. One feature that I never understood (and was somewhat intimidated by) was basal patterns. I didn't fully get why I would need additional settings, in what life circumstances I would use them, and if I even trusted myself to remember to turn the basal patterns on and off once I figured all that out.Read More »

Insulin Pumps And Extreme Temperature

A change of scenery is always nice, and this summer my travel agenda has taken me to Arizona, South Carolina, and Minnesota so far. I first prepared for my trips by checking the weather forecast and learned I would be experiencing triple-digit weather, talk about change! I did research to learn about heat and insulin pumps and I would like to follow up on the insulin storage blog I wrote last fallRead More »

Keep Your Pump Settings Handy

Part of my job description is to prepare customers for questions they may have by providing proactive information before the question has to be asked. This could be a tip like making sure you write down your username and password for our logged in properties like CareLink Personal?, or to be aware that you need to disconnect your insulin pump and CGM Transmitter when you have an MRI doneRead More »

Tricks Of The Trade For Protecting Your Pump Buttons

One topic that customers often ask about when they call the 24-Hour HelpLine is the buttons on their insulin pumps. How durable are they? Am I pushing them too hard? Am I pushing them the wrong way? I can understand why - there's so much riding on those buttons! The more than 1 million lines of computer code in a Medtronic insulin pump (interesting factoid for you!) are controlled by only four little buttons.Read More »

mySentry For Grown-Ups

A few months ago I had two lows in the middle of the night which resulted in 6 Starbursts and 2 protein bar wrappers thrown on the floor next to my bed. The next morning my mom saw the wrappers and immediately told me how guilty she felt for not catching them. That day she cried, and she cried hard, over the fact that even though it's been 10 years and I've moved from a child with diabetes to a 20-something adult with diabetes, it is still hard for her to watch my struggle...Read More »

Preparing For A Wet and Wild Summer

To date, one of the most popular blog posts here on the LOOP is the one I wrote about preventing moisture damage to your pump. I knew this was a big topic, but didn't realize it was that big! As summer approaches and many of us spend more time at the beach or out in the sun working up a sweat, here are some more tips on moisture-filled scenarios you may encounter.Read More »

Spring Cleaning: CGM Edition

In my last blog, I shared about how you can add cleaning your insulin pump to your spring cleaning to-do list. So I thought I'd take this a step further by looking into my diabetes drawers which led me to my continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) devices. My transmitter and sensor insertion device (also called the Sen-serter) could definitely benefit from some cleaning!Read More »

Spring Cleaning: Pump Edition

Spring cleaning is the time of year when we tend to clean up our surroundings to simplify our lives after the dreary winter months. Depending on where you live, you may be coming out of the cold soon and, with the sight of some new blooms, ready to take on your closet or your kitchen cabinets. But how about organizing your pump supplies or cleaning your insulin pump?Read More »

Tape Tips And Site Management

I looked down the other day and saw that the edge of my infusion set site was no longer sticky and beginning to peel. To be cautious, I put a piece of tape over my site and was back to business. At times I am often overly cautious because of the whole saying "I'd rather be safe than sorry," and because I have also learned what can happen when I don't take that extra special care.Read More »

My Resolution For The New Year

With the stroke of midnight and the cheers, kisses and confetti that follow, a New Year is always exciting. Not just because it is the beginning of another calendar year, but because it can serve as a fresh starting point for many of us. You may have seen the article in the December issue of News to Infuse with tips for making (and sticking to) New Year's resolutions.Read More »

Tips And Tricks For Holiday Season Prep

Along with the lines wrapping around airports and shopping malls on the days before and after Thanksgiving, did you know that it is during this season that we see some of the highest call-volume days on the 24-Hour HelpLine?Read More »

Paint The Town Blue - It's World Diabetes Day!

I have had diabetes for a decade with my diagnosis occurring at the age of twelve. Of course, it changed everything about my life and I have worked for the past ten years to continue to learn how to embrace my diabetes. I struggled at first but when I got involved in the diabetes community, it changed everything. I found other people who knew what it was like to put a needle into their thigh and pinky.Read More »

Cooler Weather Is On Its Way! Remember Proper Insulin Storage

I have been sitting in meeting after meeting recently discussing the topic: high blood glucose (BG). People representing teams all over the company have thrown around the question "How can we help customers with unexplained high numbers" (without giving medical advice, of course, since you should rely on your doctor for that)?Read More »

You Can Do This!

As a person with diabetes active in the online community, it took about .5 seconds after the launch of You Can Do This to begin to hear about the project led by Kim Vlasnik. Of course, I clicked on it immediately because this is right up my alley! The premise of the project is simple, to unite our community with the slogan "You Can Do This" through videos created by and for people with diabetes.Read More »

Introducing Our New Mobile App: myMedtronic Connect

Here at Medtronic, in addition to consistently working on technologies to help improve your clinical outcomes, we're also working hard to find ways to make managing your diabetes more convenient. That includes keeping up with the technology of this "iPhone world" we now live in.Read More »

My Very First Convention!

You know how you plan for something months ahead of time? Countless hours of throwing around ideas. Plenty of wasted trees with paper printouts of plans. Discussion after discussion. Email after email.Read More »

No Delivery Alarms: 10 Questions To Ask When You Hear That 'Beep Beep Beep'

This morning when I was changing my site, I heard that "beep beep beep" that none of us likes to hear. I looked down at my insulin pump and saw an error that I have seen before "No Delivery." I know many of you have asked why this occurs, so I reached out to our 24-Hour HelpLine Team to learn more.Read More »

Answers To Life's Question Or Just The Diabetes Ones

As a person with diabetes for more than nine years, and a pumper for over seven, I have had my fair share of questions. Questions for my endocrinologist, questions for my general healthcare provider, questions for the 24-Hour HelpLine... When I have one of these questions come up, it's often followed by a second question: "Who should I contact to ask this?"Read More »

My Recent Trip To India

Over Christmas I went on a trip to India with my family (India is where I was born, grew up, and where I was diagnosed). It was my first trip back in five years and in preparing for it I felt overwhelmed. Not only did I need to find my passport and pack enough hair bows (a necessity, of course), but I had to make sure to have enough infusion sets and test strips ordered.Read More »

Life Stages With Diabetes

This month the Diabetes Social Media Advocacy (DSMA) blog carnival is focusing on Life Stages with Diabetes. Specifically, the question posed is "how did relationships with other people help inspire you to take care of yourself?" In my very first carnival entry, I share some of my thoughts on the topic.Read More »

Tips For Preventing Moisture Damage To Your Insulin Pump

When you think of the upcoming summer months you may think of ice cold lemonade, sun tanning at the beach, and splashing in the water to cool down. I grew up in India and then Texas, so I'm no stranger to the heat. Now that I live in L.A. I live close to the beach but since I, like many of you, wear an insulin pump that is water-tight (not water-proof), I try to do what I can to protect my pink pump, also known as my best friend.Read More »

Was Never Great At Math

When someone asks what my favorite thing is about my pump, there would be a tie with three answers: less shots, Bolus Wizard, and it's pink (of course). Why the Bolus Wizard, above all the pump features? Let me explain.Read More »