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Diabetes can’t keep good pilots down

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A group of pilots with type 1 diabetes is not only making its own flying dreams come true, but they are charting a new course for people living with diabetes in regards to occupations previously out of reach of insulin-dependent individuals.

Diabetes Formation Flight USA is a formation of planes flown by pilots with type 1 diabetes. Six pilots will travel in a formation from Council Bluffs, Iowa, to an airshow in Oshkosh, Wyo.

Until 1997, flying a plane with insulin-treated diabetes was prohibited so many of these pilots were grounded after becoming pilots or kept from pursuing military or commercial flying careers. With a change in regulations in 1997, pilots with well-controlled insulin-treated diabetes were allowed by the FAA to obtain medical certificates for private piloting.

The Diabetes Formation pilots are pushing boundaries in regards to aviation, but resources are available to help people living with diabetes manage their health and life aspirations. Certified diabetes educator Elaine Blackwood is one of many professional qualified to help patient self-manage their diabetes while maintaining life goals and career aspirations.

If you feel  you could benefit from the services of a CDE or group or individual self-management education, contact Elaine at or call Diabetes Management & Supplies at  1-888-738-7929 and ask for the education department.

For more on Diabetes Formation Flight USA 2013 and the backgrounds on the pilots, visit the group’s Web site.

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Sharing testing info arms patient, doctors

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doctor_glucoseYou may have often heard the saying “knowledge is power,” but it can be more than just a slogan in your efforts to achieve and maintain good blood sugar control. A recent study reveals more positive results when patients bring their blood sugar measuring device and the reading logs to regular doctor’s appointments.

A report given at a meeting of endocrinology specialists showed that only 30 percent of diabetes patients bring their blood sugar readings to visits, but those who did experienced large A1C improvements as compared to those who left the readings at home.

If you are living with diabetes, you may use a variety or combination of methods to obtain a snapshot into your blood sugar control. These include finger-stick blood sugar monitors and continuous glucose monitoring devices also called CGMs.

The DMS products section contains an extensive catalog of the industry’s top products and supplies including all major insulin pumps, blood sugar testing supplies and continuous glucose monitoring devices.

Product lines available include Tandem, Medtronic, Animas, Roche, Insulet, Smiths Medical and Dexcom. Visit our full product directory at www.diabetesms/products and call 1-888-738-7929 for customer service or to inquire about our education and support services.

For more on why your stack of test results may improve your control, read the complete article at, an endocrinology journal.

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ADA highlights fathers making difference

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This past weekend, the American Diabetes Association honored four outstanding fathers in the metro New Orleans area and Diabetes Management & Supplies participated in this effort to promote proactive community leadership and the mission of the ADA.

The New Orleans Father’s Day Council hosted its first Father of the Year Awards Dinner June 13, 2013 at the W New Orleans. The Father’s Day Council has a dual mission: to identify and honor fathers who have balanced their personal lives while serving as role models making a positive difference in their community; and, to raise funds to benefit the American Diabetes Association and its mission to prevent/ cure diabetes and to improve lives of those affected by diabetes.

Father of the Year Awards Dinners are held all over the nation, but this was the inaugural event for the local council and its supporters.

New Orleans council honorees:

  • Dr. Vivian Fonseca is past president, Medicine and Science, of the American Diabetes Association and professor of Medicine and Pharmacology at Tulane University School of Medicine. He is also a staff physician at the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Healthcare System. Fonseca has been an American Diabetes Association volunteer for more than 15 years, having served as chair of the Professional Practice Committee and a member of the Research Policy Committee and member of the National Board of Directors. In 2011, he served as Editor-in-Chief of Diabetes Care, the journal for the health care practitioner that is intended to increase knowledge, stimulate research and promote better management of people with diabetes. (More on Dr. Fonesca)
  • Michael J Markey is the vice president of operations for Healogics, a wound care management company specializing in managing outpatient wound care centers which treat non-healing wounds such as diabetic feet and ulcers. Prior to working at Healogics, Markey also worked at Touro Infirmary and as part of the transplant team at Tulane Medical Center. Markey is a member of the American Diabetes Association’s Community Leadership Board and is active in several ADA special events and community outreach activities. (More on Michael Markey)
  • Matt Murphy, executive chef and owner of The Irish House, is a pioneer in a new breed of culinary artistry that expands beyond the bounds of the kitchen. By age 14, the Dublin native was working in his grandfather’s restaurant and pastry shop. After studying culinary arts at the prestigious Cathal Brugha College, he worked in several countries before moving to New Orleans where he worked as Sous Chef at the world-renowned restaurant Commander’s Palace. Murphy acts as a mentor to students learning the hospitality industry at Café Hope and Café Reconcile, both culinary programs that teach life skills and offer on-the-job training programs for severely at-risk youths. (More on Matt Murphy)
  • Sid Seruntine is a long-time supporter of the American Diabetes Association and lives with type 1 diabetes.  Seruntine served as Operations Manager at world-famous Pat O’Briens Bar for 25 years before his retirement in 2008. After receiving his diagnosis in 1993, Sid decided that his diabetes would not hinder his ability to lead a full life. As a member and eventual coach of the local Team Diabetes marathon training group, Sid completed six marathons to raise funds for and more importantly awareness about diabetes.  (More on Sid Seruntine)

The DMS corporate identity includes community leadership and involvement in and outside diabetes concerns. Its services include diabetes education and diabetes self-management training and it is a learning partner of the American Diabetes Association. For more information on specific diabetes education needs or to enroll in group or individual sessions, call 1-888-738-7929 .

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T:slim brings smartphone feel to insulin pump

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Image_Pump_in_PocketThe Tandem t:slim Insulin Pump is the latest addition to the quality line of products available through Diabetes Management & Supplies. The t:slim is the first insulin pump with a touch screen featuring a new design approach and the features most requested by users of insulin pumps.

The t:slim Pump is the slimmest pump on the market, but it packs a lot of power.  A unique pumping mechanism, and the latest lithium-polymer rechargeable technology allows the t:slim Pump to pack a 300-unit reservoir and up to seven days of power into its slim, sleek case. The smooth, compact design allows it to easily slip into a pocket or be worn discreetly under clothing.

Features of the t:slim

  • Color touch screen
  • Micro delivery technology
  • 300-unit cartridge
  • Rechargeable battery
  • Watertight body (can get wet!)
  • USB connectivity
  • Comes with t:connect software

DMS_orderDiabetes Management & Supplies, your partner in proactive diabetes control, has an online order form to help make the task of ordering testing and medication supplies easier.

The DMS products section contains an extensive catalog of the industry’s top products and supplies including all major insulin pumps, blood sugar testing supplies and continuous glucose monitoring devices.

Other product lines available include Medtronic, Animas, Roche, Insulet, Smiths Medical and Dexcom. Visit our full product directory at www.diabetesms/products and call 1-888-738-7929 for customer service or to inquire about our education and support services.

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Ordering Supplies and Equipment

A diabetes treatment plan is very important. Make sure you know how things should work. Carefully following any medication orders and instructions is vital to your plan's success. Make sure you don't run out of supplies just as you refill prescriptions so you don't run out of medication.

Here are some ways you can let us help you reorder supplies:

At Diabetes Management & Supplies, we value the part we play on your treatment plan team and realize that winning is promoting good health.