Kevin Covarrubias was a 5-year-old boy when he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and was 9 years old when he started to control his diabetes with an Animas insulin pump. His older brother, Ryan, was later diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was a teenager and switched to an insulin pump after getting tired of multiple daily injections. At the beginning of the twenties, her new adult doctor recommended MiniMed 530G with Enlite, an integrated insulin pump and a continuous glucose monitor (CGM). A CGM measures the glucose levels of the fluid under the skin through a small sensor that is usually inserted into the abdominal area. The sensor is connected to a transmitter that sends the sensor glucose readings in real time to an insulin pump. In addition to displaying glucose readings in real time, the insulin pump can send alerts and alarms so that the person with diabetes knows when their sensor glucose levels are too high or too low. In this video, Kevin and Ryan, along with their mother Karen, share their experience with diabetes management since they switched to the MiniMed 530G system. They report on better glucose control since they switched to the MiniMed insulin pump and talk about the features they like, such as Threshold Suspend. Ryan especially likes the Threshold Suspension feature because he feels it gives him more reassurance in case he does not respond to a low blood sugar event or a low threshold alarm. They also talk about CareLink Personal's online diabetes software, which allows people with diabetes to upload data from their insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitoring systems (CGM). Both can see the information themselves and share the data with their doctors. Then, your doctor can see your blood sugar levels, glucose levels in the sensor, basal rates and activity levels over time, which can help the doctor recommend any adjustments that may be necessary. Kevin and Ryan now feel that they can focus more on the things they enjoy the most, like getting a college education and playing sports. For more information about MiniMed 530G visit:
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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
The information provided by the CGM systems is intended to complement, not replace, the blood glucose information obtained with a glucose meter in the home. A confirmatory digital puncture is required before making adjustments in diabetes therapy. MiniMed 530G with Enlite is not designed to be used directly to prevent or treat hypoglycemia, but to suspend the insulin supply when the user can not respond to the threshold Suspend alarm and take measures to prevent or treat hypoglycemia on its own.
Video credits to Medtronic Diabetes YouTube channel