Kelly Close's Archived Columns
September 2012 - A Review of Tandem's t:slim
Touchscreen meets insulin pump.
September 2012 - An Interview with Jeff Hyman
Retrofit CEO explains what makes data-driven weight loss so effective.
August 2012 - An Interview with Dr. Anne Peters
Individualizing therapy, the newest drugs and devices, and what she thinks a cure for type 1 diabetes will look like.
August 2012 - The 2012 International Children with Diabetes Conference — Friends for Life
Gary Scheiner offers tips for managing hypoglycemia and combating after-meal highs.
July 2012 - An Interview with Dr. Arya Sharma
The importance of weight management and long-term treatment of obesity.
June 2012 - American Diabetes Association's Scientific Sessions
The latest on the artificial pancreas, faster insulins, and the results of the ORIGIN trial.
May 2012 - A Review of Sanofi's iBGStar
Blood glucose monitoring meets the iPhone/iPod touch.
March 2012 - The Newest in Blood Glucose Monitoring Devices
A review of LifeScan's OneTouch Verio IQ, Telcare, and Abbott's FreeStyle InsuLinx.
February 2012 - Artificial Pancreas Trial Updates Presented
ATTD 2012 conference also talks new T1D exchange.
February 2012 - Avoiding Complications of Diabetes
The pancreas is not always to blame.
January 2012 - International Diabetes Federation 21st World Diabetes Congress
More drugs, policy best way to cure type 2?
January 2012 - Bringing an Artificial Pancreas to Market
FDA study proposed, open for public comments.
December 2011 - Hard to Lose Weight, Harder to Keep It Off
A remarkable new study explains why.
November 2011 - A Diabetes Milestone
Kelly Close marks 25 years with diabetes.
August 2011 - Interview with Partnership For A Healthier America
Larry Soler and Dr. James Gavin discuss their work with Michelle Obama to end childhood obesity.
July 2011 - Targeting a Cure for Type 1 Diabetes
Take a sneak peak at new book.
April 2011 - Interview with FDA Panelist
Dr. Sanjay Kaul discusses diabetes, obesity, and the benefit-risk assessment for drug development.
January 2011 - Interview with JDRF President
Jeffrey Brewer highlights JDRF's new direction, thoughts on the cure, and progress on the artificial pancreas project.
October/November 2010 - Victoza for People with Type 1 Diabetes?
One person's "off label" experience on a type 2 drug.
October 2010 - The FDA Declines to Approve Bydureon, a New Once-Weekly GLP-1 Agonist
Latest exenatide ban prompts cardiovascular study.
September 2010 - BodyMedia FIT Weight Management System
Device measures calories burned and scores big.
July 2010 - Review: The Medtronic Paradigm REAL-Time Revel
Test driving the new MiniMed Paradigm REAL-Time Revel System.
June 2010 - My Victoza Journey
diaTribe correspondent Carol King gives Victoza a shot
June 2010 - The OmniPod PDM
Test-driving OmniPod's latest device
May 2010 - The Tethys Diabetes Risk Test
What's your type 2 diabetes risk?
April 2010 - Decoding the FDA's Perspective on Diabetes Devices
Insulin infusion pump and blood glucose meter accuracy discussed
April 2010 - Fit4D Personalized Diabetes Coaching
Learning to work exercise into my schedule
March 2010 - Metformin and Cancer
Diabetes drug moonlights as preventative cancer treatment
February 2010 - The Bayer Contour USB Meter
Latest meter may be a treat for type 1, type 2 management
January 2010 - 2009:A Year in Review
A look back at 2009 and ahead at 2010
September 2009 - Cardiovascular Effects
Cardiovascular effects from some diabetes therapies debunked
June 2009 - Prediabetes Prevention
Earlier use of drugs, stricter use of bariatric surgery recommended.
February 2009 - Our Diabetic Wish List
Five things that can benefit the diabetes community.
January 2009 - Problems at FDA Prompting Slowdowns in Development
Should patients accept this?
November 2008 - Diabetes, Heart Disease Link Debated At AHA Meeting
Treatment positive in prevention but some say not to mask real issue.
September 2008 - EASD: CGMS Making Strides in Improving A1C
Results of study of long-term effects of good control also revealed.
July 2008 - Experts On One Accord: Studies Not as Advanced as Hoped
Conference focuses on ADVANCE and ACCORD trial results.
June 2008 - ADA Meeting Reveal Results of Major Trials
More type 2 drugs showing promise as addition to first line of defense.
September 2007 - European Researchers, Physicians Tackle Diabetes Issue
More aggressive measures advocated in prevention, treatment plans.
August 2007 - Three Experts Weigh In On CGM
Support for technology grows; more calls for artificial pancreas.
April 2007 - Cardiologists Zoning In on Weight Loss
Diabetes community among hardest hit by heart disease.
February 2007 - Making Progress
Improvements to various drug treatments encouraging.
December 2006 - A Global Perspective on Diabetes
Disease taking even greater toll on undeveloped countries.
July 2006 - Close Concerns about the Diabetes Epidemic
A discussion on the statistics of treating diabetes in this country.
May 2006 - Research on New Type 2 Treatment Targets Insulin Source
Scientists find GLP-1 a promising option
February 2006 - Study Zooms In on Glucose Monitoring During Hospital Stays
Vigilance proves key to reducing complications, mortality rates.
November 2005 - For Now, Artificial Pancreas May Be Next Best Thing to a Cure
Experts actively exploring challenges and solutions to continuous glucose sensing.
October 2005 - A New Day in Monitoring is Dawning
Latest technology will allow for continuous monitoring, better control.
September 2005 - Retinopathy in Recently Diagnosed Type 2 Diabetes: It Doesn't Look Good
The best solution to eye complications is tight control.
June 2005 – The Latest on Inhaled Insulin
Researchers revisit possible diabetes therapy.
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As I mentioned in an earlier post, one of the benefits that made it cost-effective for me to go with the real healthcare (HSA) plan rather than the phony (HRA) plan is that my company is now covering "preventative" medicines at $0 copay. The formulary for these, as stated by CVS/Caremark (my pharmacy benefits provider), covers all test strips, lancets, and control solutions. I dutifully get my doctor to write up prescriptions for all of my testing needs, submit...