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Wow! Good job! I’m 64 and have been type1 for 39 years.
I love love my Omnipod and have been in it for approx. 8 years, was on Medtronic for 17 years.
But my understanding is that Medicare won’t cover an Omnipod just yet. So that’s something that I hope will change, but don’t know when that will be.


You may want to read the following post and see if this is anything that could be helpful to you?


Ok…thanks for the info about the omnipod …kinda thought that was the case. Actually pretty satisfied with my Medtronic pump. Going to my endocrinologist tomorrow for A1C check and possible adjustments for even better control. In many ways my diabetes has been a blessing leading to a healthier life style.
Enjoy this site very much. Love reading the posts!!


Hi fellow diabetics, my name is Jane. I have been a Type 1 diabetic for 60 years! I’ve seen many, many changes in how diabetes is managed over these long years. The devices we now have to control this disease are truly amazing, i.e. the pump, CGM, etc.


Hello Everyone, my name is Manuel but all my friends call me Manny. I have been a diabetic for 39 years and have taken care of my diabetes thru 8 years of diet and exercise, 16 years with insulin shot therapy and the last 15 using an insulin pump (what a great invention). I am thankful that thru all these years I have not had any serious complications from my condition and have been able to do a great many number of things. I just joined the forum from an internet search on the differences between Humalog and Novolog insulins. For the 15 years I have been on insulin pump therapy I have always used Humalog and now my insurance wants to switch me to Novolog. My question to them is why change when I have had great success and no issues with Humalog. If any of you have had a similar experience or can provide any thoughts on Novolog insulin I would appreciate the sharing of your thoughts. In the meantime all of you keep up the good work taking care of this condition that is one way you can be sure that you are in control of the situation and not the condition controlling you.


holaaaaa ;D


Hi everyone! :wave:

I’ve been a Type 1 diabetic for over 5 decades. I’ve seen a lot of changes in the treatment of this disease, and I’m ever hopeful for a solution that provides greater freedom and reduced intrusions and interruptions.

I switched to Medtronic’s 670G CGM system in August 2017. My endocrinologist and I set some improvement goals when I made the switch:

  • Improve my time-in-range to >85%.
  • Decrease my time-below-range to <5%.
  • Keep my A1C below 7%.

At my last appointment 2 weeks ago, good news!

  • Time-in-range was 87%! :white_check_mark:
  • Time-below-range was 3%! :white_check_mark:
  • A1C was 6.9%! :white_check_mark:

I’m always competing against my last measurements, and against the relentless passage of time. Waiting for a non-intrusive CGM system (Google contacts? Apple watch? Other?) combined with closed-loop technology to bridge the gap until better options become available.

Wishing everyone in this community health and happiness!

  • Rob


The insurance companies look after their financial interest first. Your company got a more profitable deal for themselves covering Novolog than Humalog and that is why they will have you change. My insurance company dropped coverage on my basal Levemir at the end of 2017 so now it will be back to Lantus. These changes, appear to be happening at greater frequency each year with a wide range of medications.


Hi! I found your site while looking up information about airport security and CGMs -thank you! I am a type 1 diagnosed 25 years ago at 37 years old. I am still very brittle as I also have pancreatic insufficiency - no exocrine functions as well as no endocrine functions - so it is always a challenge trying to match up food intake, insulin and digestive enzymes. I am on an Animas Ping insulin pump - and annoyed that Animas is leaving the pump business because I love my pump and its remote bolus feature from my linked glucometer! - and I also use a Dexcom 5 CGM. I follow a low carb, gluten free, minimally processed natural food diet, have no diabetic complications and my A1C is currently 6.9. I am in awe of those who are able to keep their A1C in the 5s or low 6s because it is a fight to stay below 7! I live in the US now with my American husband but was born and raised - and diagnosed -in Canada. I am grateful that I was in Canada when I was diagnosed because the level of support for me was wonderful - ongoing access to dieticians, weekly and then monthly check-ins at the hospital’s diabetes center, assistance with finding the right supplies, etc. So many Americans I meet with a diagnosis of diabetes seem to have been left to their own resources and it is already a difficult enough diagnosis without having a good deal of knowledgeable, medical support. So, I am happy to find this site and am always interested in helping others understand what is happening and why -as well as to pick the brains of others in the know, myself:-)!


I’m John and diagnosed T1 27 years ago. I have been on MDI the whole time with good results up until recently. I have been discussing with my endo about switching to a pump and CGM. I have been reading with interest the pro’s and con’s of each pump and CGM. Thanks for the interesting topics! The decision may be based on what insurance will or will not cover.


Hi. My name is Farley and I have had Type 1 since 1983, It developed when I was pregnant with my first son. After many years of MDI and 6 years with an Omnipod, I now have a t-slim pump and a Dexcom G5, and am doing pretty well I would say…last a1c was 6.7 my best ever. Glad to be here, both for information and support. Recently aged into Medicare and its ridiculous rules.


Welcome to the site @jenni_bean! I’m glad you’re trying your best to remain positive and optimistic :smile:

I’d highly recommend asking your endo about your thyroid function. Hunger, weight gain, and depression are all linked to an underactive thyroid. This is a fairly common condition for people with T1 diabetes. Even though you’re feeling better, it might be good to have it checked out.

I’m glad you’re doing better!


Hi! My name is Debbie. I’ve been a type 1 diabetic for 45 years or as I tell everyone I’ve been a diabetic too long. I’m on an insulin pump and CGM. The side effects of my diabetes are diabetic retinopathy that has left me half blind and last monthI found out I have heart disease because I had a heart attack. I have a great medical team. It’s not my endo or my GP that I’ve seen the longest, but it is my retinal specialist who is highly intelligent, saved the sight I have left, and my favorite doctor.

When not battling diabetes, I spend time with my dogs and cats. I work full time. Like bike riding, golf, bowling, and am a computer/technical gadget geek. Married without children.

I look forward to meeting and getting into discussions with others on the forum that live with diabetes or understand the roller coaster it is in dealing with diabetes, and of course ranting about those around us who think they are diabetes “experts” when they don’t know what they’re talking about.


Hi everyone! I just learned about this community so allow me to introduce myself. My name is Edda and I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in November 2014 at the age of 33. I live in Canada and have been using the Omnipod for almost 2 years and the Dexcom for almost a year and love them both.

I am the owner of Pimp My Diabetes, an online store where I sell stylish accessories for diabetics such as decorative stickers and tapes for insulin pumps and CGMs, bags and jewelry.

I also like to educate others about diabetes and have a website in my native language with articles and recipes for diabetics.


Hi Everyone. Just to introduce myself, I am Sonia. I was misdiagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in fall of 2017 and properly diagnosed with Type 1 this past September just shy of my 50th birthday (yep, late bloomer). I have spent the last five months reading just about anything I can on the subject of T1 diabetes. The learning curve has been steep and I am my endocrinologist’s worst nightmare (you know, the patient that shows up with a list of questions after having googled just about anything even remotely relevant…lol). I live in Canada and have a Dexcom G5 (insurance company started to cover 6 weeks after I was diagnosed, so I got lucky). Am on MDI but contemplating a pump so am researching that to death right now. I am very interested in the latest technological and pharmaceutical advances and people’s experiences (which are so much more revealing than anything else) so this site has been great!


Hello. I just now joined and I am type 2. I was diagnosed just over a year ago and found it easy to get my numbers under control.


Hi all, I’m Sue, so glad that I found this community! I discovered that I was pre-diabetic in 2013 and despite my best efforts joined the T2 club in March 2017. It’s been perplexing for me because I’ve been lean all my life, active, and thought I was eating a healthy diet. One clue though is that I’ve had reactive hypoglycemic episodes since I was 19 and simply controlled them by eating frequent small meals. I’m now enrolled in a MODY research study with the University of Chicago Medicine and hope to find some answers. Following the ketogenic and LCHF diet has been essential for keeping my blood glucose normal and has enabled me to stay off any meds. I check my glucose frequently with the test strips and Freestyle Libre to see what foods I can eat and not get a spike and crash. There’s so much to learn but it’s so worth it! Thanks to all of you for your advice and caring.


Hi! New here, founded this community because I start with my new 640G this wednesday, so I wanted to know good places to use my Glucose Sensor.

Oh, my name! My name is Juan, I’m from Argentina and have been in this marriage with DBT1 since I was 3 years old… now i’m 30. Is been a long time! Of course, with ups, downs, taking care, don’t give a… you know. The normal thing that happens of living with this kind of company for a long time.

Looking to take care more of my DBT, read some cool tips about food :slight_smile: well, that’s all for now. Have a nice day amigos!


Welcome @JuanMa187! Congrats on the new pump/sensor system! I use the Dexcom sensor, and I love it. There are quite a few people on this forum that use the Medtronic pumps/sensors though, and I’m sure they’d be happy to answer any questions that come up when you start using that system.

Glad you could join us :slight_smile:


Thanks Katers for the warm welcome! Yeah, I read a lot about Dexcom, sadly in Argentina they are not very common -I don’t know if any company works with them-, So i’ll look for the Medtronic users :wink: