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The T1D news show you've been waiting for! Long-time broadcaster, blogger and diabetes mom Stacey Simms interviews prominent diabetes advocates, authors and speakers. Stacey asks hard questions of healthcare companies and tech developers and brings on "everyday' people living with type 1. Great for parents of T1D kids, adults with type 1 and anyone who loves a person with diabetes.

Diabetes Connections with Stacey Simms Type 1 Diabetes Stacey Simms

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The T1D news show you've been waiting for! Long-time broadcaster, blogger and diabetes mom Stacey Simms interviews prominent diabetes advocates, authors and speakers. Stacey asks hard questions of healthcare companies and tech developers and brings on "everyday' people living with type 1. Great for parents of T1D kids, adults with type 1 and anyone who loves a person with diabetes.

    Tandem's Control IQ at One Year: "The Real-World Data is Even Better Than the Clinical Data"

    Tandem's Control IQ at One Year: "The Real-World Data is Even Better Than the Clinical Data"

    It's been a year since Tandem Diabetes Care released their Control IQ software, hybrid closed loop technology to help increase time in range. What have they learned about how people are using the system? Molly McElwee Malloy, Manager of Clinical Outcomes at Tandem Diabetes Care, is back on the show to answer your questions and to talk about what's next in the Tandem pipeline.
    Tandem Diabetes Pipeline
    What diabetes tech to expect in 2021
    Our innovations segment: using your CGM to get more out of exercise and.. a new study for people with rare forms of diabetes..
    CGM and exercise
    RADIANT Study 
    Fearless Diabetic Summit
    This podcast is not intended as medical advice. If you have those kinds of questions, please contact your health care provider.
    Check out Stacey's book: The World's Worst Diabetes Mom!
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    Episode Transcription:
    Stacey Simms  0:00
    Diabetes Connections is brought to you by Dario health. Manage your blood glucose levels increase your possibilities by Gvoke Hypopen, the first premixed auto injector for very low blood sugar, and by Dexcom take control of your diabetes and live life to the fullest with Dexcom.
     
    Announcer  0:22
    This is Diabetes Connections with Stacey Simms.
     
    Stacey Simms  0:27
    This week, it's been a year since Tandem diabetes released their Control IQ software, hybrid closed loop technology to help increase time it range.1 since that day, as we do around here. We've all been asking for changes. Tandem says they're listening,
     
    Molly McElwee Malloy   0:43
    can it be more aggressive? Could it be less aggressive? Good, you know, do this or that I pick my targets. Could I put a timer on exercise? Could I do all that? We are looking at all of those things. I would say nothing's off the table right now.
     
    Stacey Simms  0:56
    Molly McElwee Malloy, manager of political outcomes at Tandem is back to talk about possible changes to controlling q to answer your questions, and to look ahead at other tech in the Tandem pipeline
    In our innovations segment using your CGM to get more out of exercise, and a new study for people with rare forms of diabetes.
    This podcast is not intended as medical advice. If you have those kinds of questions, please contact your health care provider.
    Welcome back to another week of the show. I am so glad to have here. If you are just finding us if you are new to Diabetes Connections, welcome. We aim to educate and inspire about diabetes with a focus on people who use insulin, my son was diagnosed with type one right before he turned two back in 2006. My husband lives with type two diabetes, I don't have any type of diabetes, but I am the broadcaster in the family. And that is how you get the podcast.
    It's funny to look back on this year. Because not only did none of us have any idea what 2020 would really be like, but more to my point here, as I'm taping this on January 15. And planning to release on the 19th. This was a time when many of us in the community were just refreshing the Tandem page over and over again. Because Control IQ had been approved. And many of us had already talked to our endocrinologists about it and tried to get the prescriptions. And if you remember that time, especially on social media and some of the Tandem groups, it was a bit bananas. But we have been using Control IQ for a year. Now Benny got his set up at the very end of January, as I recall.
    And they are not a sponsor of the show. They do not pay me to say this. But it's been absolutely amazing for us, it has really made a big difference. And you kn

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    Rob Howe: First Thoughts On Medtronic's 770G (and a lot more!)

    Rob Howe: First Thoughts On Medtronic's 770G (and a lot more!)

    The Medtronic 770G pump was released in the United States just a few weeks ago and Robe Howe is one of the first to use it. Rob shares his first impressions and tells us what he'd really like to see in pump technology. (Rob is a paid ambassador for Medtronic, but they did not clear or review his comments for this interview).
    Rob & Stacey spend a lot of this episode on other issues, talking about whether people with type 1 are "disabled" and what it means to use that word. Rob talks about achievement bias (and explains what that involves) and a lot more. We also find out about his fun modeling gig with Express and about his COVID-adjusted wedding in 2020.
    Previous episodes about Medtronic here, including our in-depth discussion about the 770G and what else is on tap.
    Our first episode with Rob Howe (all about using so-called Walmart insulin)
    In Tell Me Something Good – legislative action, a diabetes blog gets a shout out and a new tip makes a difference for a site location.
    And Stacey makes her predictions for 2021.
    This podcast is not intended as medical advice. If you have those kinds of questions, please contact your health care provider.
    Check out Stacey's book: The World's Worst Diabetes Mom!
    Join the Diabetes Connections Facebook Group!
    Sign up for our newsletter here
    Tell me something good links:
    New Washington State Law Caps Insulin Price
    type 2 blogs
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    Episode Transcription 
    Stacey Simms  0:00
    Diabetes Connections is brought to you by Dario Health. Manage your blood glucose levels increase your possibilities. By Gvoke Hypopen the first premixed auto injector for very low blood sugar, and by Dexcom take control of your diabetes and live life to the fullest with Dexcom.
    Unknown Speaker  0:22
    This is Diabetes Connections with Stacey Simms.
     
    Stacey Simms  0:28
    This week, Rob Howe is one of the first people in the US to use the new Medtronic 770Gpump. We'll talk about that. But our conversation got a lot more personal, including a discussion about whether most people with diabetes consider themselves disabled and everything that goes along with using that word.
     
    Unknown Speaker  0:47
    I want  to say like I Rob Howe, professional athlete, the guy who's goes and speaks and is like, you can do whatever you want. I identify as disabled, I am disabled, I have a disability. That doesn't mean that I'm not going to wake up tomorrow. And if my blood sugar's high, I'm just gonna quit and be like, you know, sayonara team
     
    Stacey Simms  1:01
    Rob is also a podcaster. And he turned a few questions around on me, we went a few places I wasn't expecting, including my hard “no” stance on Disney guest passes from years ago, and a lot more. And we do talk a lot about the 770G as well.
    In Tell me something good legislative action, a diabetes blog gets a shout out and a new tip makes a big difference for site location. Plus, at the very end of the show, I'm going to do my predictions for diabetes in 2021, technology,  community, and more.
     
    Stacey Simms  1:32
    This podcast is not intended as medical advice. If you have those kinds of questions, please contact your health care provider.
    Welcome back to another week of the show. I am your host, Stacey Simms, and we aim to educate and inspire about diabetes with a focus on people who use insulin, my son was diagnosed with Type 1 14 years ago, my husband lives with type two, I don't have any type of diabetes. I'm the broadcaster. And that is how you get the podcast.
    I released an episode on New Year's Day about the COVID vaccine. And we've had a big response to that the episode was about health care prov

    • 56 min
    Ypsomed: Bringing A New Insulin Pump (and Partnership) to the US

    Ypsomed: Bringing A New Insulin Pump (and Partnership) to the US

    For the first time in several years, a new pump company is making a reach into the US market. Meet Ypsomed, the Swiss company teaming up with Lilly Diabetes. Their device, The YpsoPump, is available in Europe and Canada and has some unique features. But when it launches in the US, likely in 2022, it will only use Lilly insulin. That kind of proprietary design is unique and is raising eyebrows. Stacey talks to Simon Michel, Ypsomed's CEO (she'll talk to Lilly in a separate interview airing in a few weeks).
    In Innovations this week, what is an inverse diabetes vaccine? And could you be part of a trial for one?
    Learn more about City of Hope's Inverse Vaccine trial here 
    This podcast is not intended as medical advice. If you have those kinds of questions, please contact your health care provider.
    Check out Stacey's book: The World's Worst Diabetes Mom!
    Join the Diabetes Connections Facebook Group!
    Sign up for our newsletter here
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    Episode Transcription:
    Stacey Simms  0:00
    Diabetes Connections is brought to you by Dario Health, manage your blood glucose levels increase your possibilities by Gvoke HypoPen, the first premixed auto injector for very low blood sugar and by Dexcom take control of your diabetes and live life to the fullest with Dexcom.
     
    Announcer  0:22
    This is Diabetes Connections with Stacey Simms.
     
    Stacey Simms  0:28
    This week, my first interview with Ypsomed, the Swiss company teaming up with Lilly diabetes to bring a new pump to the US. A few features make YpsoPump unique, including their infusion sets which can help to cut back on insulin waste.
     
    Simon Michel  0:43
    Yes  it's terrible. It's throw away so much insulin all the time. But you can disconnect Of course from your body, you change a cartridge, you put it back on. And that's how you don't lose your insulin in the tube.
     
    Stacey Simms  0:54
    That's Ypsomed CEO Simon Michel, we talked about more features and he answers questions about the partnership with Lilly in innovations. What is an inverse diabetes vaccine? And could you be part of a trial for one This podcast is not intended as medical advice. If you have those kinds of questions, please contact your health care provider.
     
    Welcome to our first full episode of 2021 Happy New Year. I'm so glad to have you here. Here we go. Another year of the podcast. My goodness, I'm your host, Stacey Simms. And as always, my goal here remains the same. We aim to educate and inspire about diabetes, with a focus on people who use insulin. any of that line sounds a little bit different if you're used to my intro where I talk exclusively about type one. But you know, more and more people with other types of diabetes are listening as the show is growing. And I think that's really important to acknowledge and to kind of dial back and see who we're serving here.
    My son was diagnosed with Type 1 14 years ago, my husband lives with type two diabetes, I do not have any type of diabetes. I'm the broadcaster in the family. This year on the show, I'm going to be focusing a lot on new technology, I think the delays that we saw in 2020, because of COVID are going to result in a lot more news than was originally planned or expected for 2021. You know, a lot of that innovation, a lot of those FDA submissions and approvals are getting stacked up, especially as we're looking at the second half of 2021 and into 2022. So you know, why not get ready. And you all have told me that you are very interested in episodes about technology.
    In this episode, we're gonna learn all about Ypsomed and their plans for the US market. I have an interview scheduled with their

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    "It's Like a Huge Drop Of Hope" - Health Care Providers with T1D get the COVID Vaccine (Bonus Episode)

    "It's Like a Huge Drop Of Hope" - Health Care Providers with T1D get the COVID Vaccine (Bonus Episode)

    Let's start off 2021 with some hope! This week you'll hear from five health care providers who received a COVID vaccine in late December 2020. They all live with type 1 diabetes and share their experiences leading up to the vaccine and how they felt after getting it. These folks all got the first round of the Pfizer vaccine, which means they are all scheduled for another shot right around the time this episode goes live.
    Back in September, Stacey interviewed a women with type 1 who is in the Moderna vaccine trial. Helene Cooper lives with type 1 diabetes and asthma. She has completed the vaccine part of the trial – two shots – and says she's had no bad reactions and no regrets.
    This episode:
    3:00 Danica, a diabetes educator
    8:48 Dr. M, a pediatric endocrinologist
    14:00 Michelle, an ICU nurse (who's breastfeeding)
    18:40 Geoffrey, a hospital worker
    22:30 Dr. Stephen Ponder, a pediatric endocrinologist who's lived with type 1 for 55 years.
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    Episode Transcription: 
    Stacey Simms  0:00
    This episode of Diabetes Connections is brought to you by The World's Worst Diabetes Mom: Real Life Stories of Parenting a Child With Type 1 Diabetes available as a paperback ebook or audio book at amazon.com.
     
    Announcer  0:19
    This is Diabetes Connections with Stacey Simms.
     
    Stacey Simms  0:25
    Welcome, everybody. And Happy New Year, I am so glad to have you along for a little bit of a different and special episode of Diabetes Connections, I thought it would be a really nice way to start off this new year with some good news.
    Look, we're far away from leaving 2020 and everything that happened behind right, there's a long way to go. But this is an opportunity to sort of turn the page and look ahead to brighter days, and give you some news and information and stories from people with type one, which as you know, is what I am all about. And if you don't know if you're new, Hey, welcome.
    We aim to educate and inspire about type 1 diabetes by sharing stories of connection. I am your host, Stacey Simms, and my son was diagnosed 14 years ago with type one right before he turned to my husband lives with type two diabetes. And I don't have diabetes, but I have a background in broadcasting. And that is how you get the podcast
    in about mid December. late December. I noticed like a lot of you did I'm sure that people I knew were posting photos of themselves getting the COVID vaccine, right. These are healthcare workers. These are our front line in hospital, usually who are able to get the vaccine in the very first batches. And how exciting is that? And the photos were really hopeful and really gave me just, I don't know, a feeling I hadn't really had for most of 2020. So I wanted to talk to some of these people and find out more and get you some information as you live with type one or if people in your family do, what to expect what their reactions were.
    So here is what we've got. For this episode, I spoke to five health care providers who all live with type one who received a COVID vaccine in late December 2020. These folks all got the Pfizer vaccine. That means they're all scheduled for another vaccine. There are two doses in the Pfizer protocol. And for most of them, that second vaccine is coming right around the time this episode goes live. There are four shorter interviews with a diabetes educator and endocrinologist registered nurse at a hospital worker. And those are more about personal experiences. And then there's a longer interview with Dr.

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    T1Detect: A New At-Home Test For Type 1 Diabetes

    T1Detect: A New At-Home Test For Type 1 Diabetes

    Could a new, simple at-home test change the way we look at diagnosing type 1 diabetes? JDRF hopes to make something called T1Detect part of annual health checks someday. Dr. Frank Martin is a Director of Research at JDRF. He explains T1Detect in detail, including what the test is like, what it costs and where the information goes.
    More on T1Detect
    Our previous episodes on Trialnet
    And.. in our last scheduled show of 2020.. Stacey talks about ending this lousy year with a lot of hope.
    This podcast is not intended as medical advice. If you have those kinds of questions, please contact your health care provider.
    Check out Stacey's book: The World's Worst Diabetes Mom!
    Join the Diabetes Connections Facebook Group!
    Sign up for our newsletter here
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    Episode Transcription:
    Stacey Simms  0:00
    Diabetes Connections is brought to you by Gvoke Hypopen the first premixed auto injector for very low blood sugar and by Dexcom take control of your diabetes and live life to the fullest with Dexcom.
     
    Announcer  0:16
    This is Diabetes Connections with Stacey Simms.
     
    Stacey Simms  0:22
    This week, a new simple at home test for the antibody markers of type one JDRF is rolling out T1Detect, something they hope that someday will be just part of regular health screenings.
     
    Frank Martin  0:36
    We would like to see this included so that right off the bat, we know how many people in the United States and in the world are at risk for developing insulin dependence so that we can intervene earlier into these people we can improve their health right at the beginning.
     
    Stacey Simms  0:49
    Frank Martin is the Director of Research at JDRF. He explains T1Detect in detail including what it costs and where the information goes.
    And it's our last scheduled show of 2020. I want to talk about ending this lousy year with a lot of hope. This podcast is not intended as medical advice. If you have those kinds of questions, please contact your health care provider.
    Welcome to another week of the show. I am so glad to have you here we aim to educate and inspire about type 1 diabetes by sharing stories of connection. I am your host Stacey Simms, my son Benny was diagnosed with Type 1 14 years ago right before he turned two, my husband lives with type two diabetes. I don't have any type of diabetes, I have a background in broadcasting. And that is how you get this show.
    And here we are at the end of 2020. I was taking a look back I put out 71 episodes this year, we passed a million downloads, including 100,000 podcast views on YouTube. I talked to people around the world this year, including a mind blowing nine person six time zone game show over the summer, playing Hollywood Squares via zoom isn't something I'd expected to do going into this year. But that is just one tiny example of how we all I think tried to find some good in the great, awful. That was 2020. That's what I've been calling it. I'll talk just a bit more about this year. And my thoughts into next year. And some other news plans I have. I'm going to do that at the end of the show after this interview. So I hope you stick around after that.
    I don't know about you. But I was really intrigued when I saw JDRF putting out a lot of posts, a lot of ads, really try to spread the word about T1Detect this new at home antibody test. My guest Frank Martin does a terrific job of explaining what it is they're testing for, and why and how it works. I'm not going to do that here. But we have spent a lot of time over the last few years talking about TrialNet and the work that they have been doing in this space. I am a big fan of TrialNet, I will l

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    Wait Wait.. Don't Poke Me! The Diabetes Game Show 2020

    Wait Wait.. Don't Poke Me! The Diabetes Game Show 2020

    It's our annual game show!  Based on NPR's Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me, Stacey invites panelists to try their hand at diabetes trivia, bluff the listener and limericks. This was first presented at the Friends for Life Virtual Winter conference where the audience played along via online BINGO.
    Watch the show on our YouTube Channel
    Special thanks to our panelists: Lauren Lanning, Justin Masterson and Chelcie RIce!
    Check out Stacey's book: The World's Worst Diabetes Mom!
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    Episode transcript (beta version - check back for proof read version)
     
    Stacey Simms 0:00
    Diabetes Connections is brought to you by Jeeva Chi popin the first premixed auto injector for very low blood sugar, and by dexcom take control of your diabetes and live life to the fullest with dexcom
    Announcer 0:16
    This is Diabetes Connections with Stacey Simms.
    Stacey Simms 0:22
    Welcome back to another week of the show. I am your host, Stacey Simms, we aim to educate and inspire about type 1 diabetes by sharing stories of connection, a different sort of episode this week, because this is one of our game shows. I do these periodically for live audiences, usually at conferences and that sort of thing. And this year, we have kind of like everybody repurposed things for virtual. And so this time around, it was friends for life and their virtual winter conference. A couple of quick things. If you prefer to watch this is on my YouTube channel for the show. It's just Diabetes Connections over on YouTube, I will put a direct link in the show notes. And while it is kind of fun to watch these things, you don't really miss that much just by listening. In the trivia section. I will say there are three questions that are show and tell. But I do describe what the guests are seeing. I think you'll easily get it even if you're just listening. As always contestants are selected at random from the Facebook group from Diabetes Connections, the group, so make sure to join me over there because we do this now a couple of times a year, especially with everything virtual and people on zoom. It's so much easier to record these than in the past. I still really love doing it live and I hope to do that someday again soon. But in the meantime on with the show, recorded in November, and played at friends for life the first weekend of December 2020. Welcome everybody to wait, wait, don't poke me the diabetes Game Show. If you have heard the NPR version of Wait, wait, don't tell me. This is our version. So we apologize to NPR in advance. In this session, you are going to meet some terrific people living with diabetes or who have diabetes in their families who have gone above and beyond to help the community and we're going to have a laugh or two, probably at their expense. Wait, wait, don't poke me. We'll feature trivia bluff the listener and much more. But before we get to the games, let's get to our panelists. We'll do a quick intro and then we will get started. So first let me bring in Justin Masterson. Justin Hi, I first met Justin, when we were talking on the podcast about his walk a mile cards and exercise and empathy, a teaching tool to help those with diabetes understand a little bit about what people with diabetes go through every day. Justin's daughter was diagnosed with type one when she was five. She was diagnosed on her birthday. Yeah, he is in charge of strategy at seek a market research firm. Fell old is your daughter now just
    Justin Masterson 2:55
    she just turned 11. So her birthday was just a few days ago,
    Stacey Simms 2:58
    when she was really d

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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
143 Ratings

143 Ratings

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Making a splash

Love this podcast. I have learned so much from listening—especially enjoy the tech episodes with Dexcom, Tandem, etc. As a mom of a newly diagnosed 4 year-old T1D, I have found much needed encouragement and tips for helping my son thrive with diabetes.
Also, Cannon was excited to hear you mention him swimming in the lake 😂

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Wonderful diabetes podcast

Diabetes connections is fantastic. I listen to every episode and have learned tremendously about diabetes/diabetes management.

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Stacey is a diabadass!!!

Thank you for being so frank and direct with the head of Dexcom! You are our voice and we are so grateful!!! Our family is so appreciative!!!

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