Insulin is NOT a cure

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everyday life and adventures with type 1 diabetes

INSULIN. IS. NOT. A. CURE!

Insulin is NOT a cure for diabetes. It is a treatment. A treatment that keeps me alive until we find a cure. I am very, very happy about insulin because without it, I would probably be dead right now but people need to stop thinking that we already found a cure for diabetes.

Insulin is not a cure

I sometimes hear or read, that diabetes can be cured by taking insulin – that is simply a myth. I sometimes also hear people say, that insulin pumps are a cure for diabetes – which is a myth as well. Yes, insulin pumps help managing diabetes, but sadly they “don’t do everything itself” as a lot of people apparently believe. Type 1 diabetes might be manageable, but that doesn’t mean that there’s no need for a cure. Apart from that, insulin prices are increasing and a lot of people don’t even have…

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New story in Politics from Time: Postcard From Germany: Moved For School, Stayed For Insulin

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The Richardsonian

Every now and then, Katie West considers returning to the U.S. She moved to Germany for graduate school three years ago and now works as a health systems researcher in Hamburg. Her family is an ocean away. Then she remembers why she stays.

West, 30, has had type 1 diabetes since she was three years old. Back in Seattle, where she used to live, she typically paid $70 per month for insulin and another $130 for pump supplies. That was a relative steal in the U.S., made possible by her excellent health insurance, which she got through her employer. But still, it was a financial strain.

In Germany, she pays about ?10, roughly $11. Every three months.

?I don?t ever have to worry,? she says. ?There is not a day I ever have to worry about if I can pay for something, or manage something.?

The price of insulin has…

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I tried closing the loop for 90 days, and this is what happened

Glimmerglykose

First of all, an introduction might be in
order. Hi there! My name is Helene, and I’m a 24-year-old diabetic living in
Aalborg, Denmark. I’m running on a system using an array of diabetes-related
gear, to make a so-called DIY closed-circuit insulin-delivering system. My
collection of gear consists of an Abbott Freestyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitor
(Libre, for short), a MiaoMiao-transmitter (MM, for short), an Insulet OmniPod
insulin-pump (OmniPod, for short), a RileyLink, my smartphone and a smartwatch.
It might seem like a lot of equipment, but what I’m about to show you is a
testimony to the fact that it indeed is worth it!

I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes back in the summer of 2008. Last year, in May, I had my first rounddiaversary (to those of you not familiar with that word, it’s like a birthday for your diagnosis). Ten years I had lived with…

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