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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. This article was previously published in our News to Infuse Newsletter, and we thought you’d enjoy us sharing it!

It would make sense they’d be better together, right? You may have heard about the clinical benefits that are achieved when these two devices are worn together, reduction in A1C for starters. But even if you aren’t into the clinical benefits, you could think of them like peanut butter and jelly; both can be eaten on their own, or paired with other foods, but are just delicious when they are paired together in a PB&J sandwich.

So, to really understand the relationship between this truly integrated couple and what the future may hold for them, we assigned Kristin Baker, a member of our team, to conduct an “interview” with the MiniMed 530G insulin pump and CGM. Here is what they said?

Kristin: So MiniMed pump and CGM, how long have you two been an integrated couple?

MiniMed pump: Well, Medtronic Diabetes first paired us together in 2006, almost ten years ago now, introducing us to the world as the MiniMed Paradigm REAL-Time system. Ever since then, we’ve really been growing together, upgrading and becoming more and more sophisticated, both as individuals and as a pair. Remember when we upgraded to the MiniMed Paradigm REAL-Time Revel system? I added some new features like missed meal bolus reminder and CGM added “predictive alerts”, which warns patients about potentially low or high glucose levels up to 30 minutes before they occur. And today, of course, we’ve both upgraded to the MiniMed 530G with Enlite, which includes artificial pancreas technology, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Kristin: Wow, almost 10 years, that’s a long time to be paired together. I know most couples who have been together that long have had to overcome some obstacles in their relationship. Are there any you two have overcome?

CGM: I’ll take this one. Like all relationships, communication has been a bit of an obstacle for us. For me, the challenge is feeling like you aren’t being heard. One of the benefits of us being together is that I know the MiniMed pump can see the sensor glucose readings and trends I pick up, and even alert the wearer when I reach a certain glucose limit, but I am not always sure anyone is doing anything with the information. It feels like I am talking, but no one is listening.

We also don’t like having too much distance between us, because that can sometimes cause us not to communicate at all. But hey…no one is perfect, right?

MiniMed pump: Recently, we had a breakthrough though. In our upgraded version of MiniMed 530G with Enlite, we have successfully developed the ability to use CGM’s data to drive action! Instead of CGM just telling me when someone is reaching a preset low limit, it can now respond if I cannot by automatically shutting off insulin delivery for up to two hours.

Kristin: That’s amazing! Wow, there really is no couple quite like you in the U.S. today. Why do you think you are such a perfect pair?

CGM: I think it’s because we work well together. I must admit we do have an undeniable electrical chemistry that is always taking place over the RF airwaves. And we always strive to become better individual pumps and sensors, thanks to Medtronic Diabetes, so we can be the best pair out there.

MiniMed pump: I would also say it’s because of the support we’ve received from CareLink – the incredible software that can sometimes see things that we can’t. CareLink analyzes both of our information together into trends and patterns, helping our wearers identify where adjustments need to be made and how we can improve as a pairing. For example, one time CareLink showed a report that highlighted the effect one of the basal patterns programmed had on a patient’s glucose levels – they were going too low during the night. The doctor was able to see this cause and effect and decided to make an adjustment to the pattern. Amazing, right?

Kristin: Yes, truly amazing! Now we all want to know…what does the future hold for you two?

MiniMed pump: Only time will tell, but I think there are some exciting new advancements in our future. We’ll continue to communicate with each other, maybe take action in times of need and ultimately help patients achieve even better control. We know Medtronic Diabetes is dedicated to keeping us close, by continuing to upgrade our technology and providing us with a great support network of friends we can turn to when needed.

Well there you are guys and gals. An inside look into the wonderful relationship between the MiniMed pump and CGM. We are really happy these two found each other and, I don’t know about you, but we are very excited to see what’s in store for this incredible pair in the near future.


Medtronic Diabetes insulin infusion pumps, continuous glucose monitoring systems and associated components are limited to sale by or on the order of a physician and should only be used under the direction of a healthcare professional familiar with the risks associated with the use of these systems. MiniMed 530G with Enlite is intended for the delivery of insulin and continuous glucose monitoring for the management of diabetes mellitus by persons 16 years of age or older who require insulin.

Pump therapy is not recommended for people who are unwilling or unable to perform a minimum of four blood glucose tests per day. Insulin pumps use rapid-acting insulin. If your insulin delivery is interrupted for any reason, you must be prepared to replace the missed insulin immediately.

The information provided by CGM systems is intended to supplement, not replace, blood glucose information obtained using a home glucose meter. A confirmatory fingerstick is required prior to making adjustments to diabetes therapy. MiniMed 530G with Enlite is not intended to be used directly for preventing or treating hypoglycemia but to suspend insulin delivery when the user is unable to respond to the Threshold Suspend alarm and take measures to prevent or treat hypoglycemia themselves.

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