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2019 News Releases

June 24, 2019  

Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center Announces New Certified Diabetes Educator

Idaho Falls, Idaho –Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center is pleased to announce the newest Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) in their Diabetes Education Department is Lisa Hardy.  Lisa has worked at Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center since March 2013 and has been working on CDE certification since starting at the clinic.

Becky Sulik, director of education at the clinic states, “We are proud of Lisa for achieving this milestone.  It takes a tremendous amount of time an energy to receive this prestigious certification. She will continue to be a tremendous team member and resource for Rocky Mountain Diabetes and the people of our community that struggle with diabetes, prediabetes and other diseases.”

About Certified Diabetes Educators

A certified diabetes educator is a health care professional who is specialized and certified to teach people with diabetes how to manage their condition. At Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center, CDEs teach individuals with diabetes how to control their blood sugar and avoid long-term complications due to hyperglycemia.

In order to become a CDE one must meet the high-level eligibility requirements of the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (NCBDE).   To qualify, one will have at least 2-years of professional experience with at least 1000 hours of experience in diabetes education and at least 15 hours of continuing education related to diabetes annually.

Why Diabetes Educators are Important

Diabetes educators are trained to help people learn how to manage diabetes.  According to Dr. John Liljenquist, founder of Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center, “Research has repeatedly shown that aggressive management of blood sugar levels can prevent and even reverse some of the complications of diabetes. The foundation of such aggressive therapy is Diabetes Self-Management Education. In no other major disease in our country that I am aware of do the patients themselves play such a pivotal role in the management of their disease. The diabetic patient has to follow careful nutrition guidelines, test blood-sugar levels, exercise, take medications, care for feet, and more on a daily basis. Without initial and then ongoing education, patients struggle to continue doing these challenging tasks. When they stop doing them, diabetes moves relentlessly to destroy their health.”


 

May 7, 2019

East Idaho’s First Automated Medical Lab 

Express Lab, of Rocky Mountain Diabetes, Completes Expansion

Idaho Falls, Idaho – Express Lab, a local medical laboratory of Rocky Mountain Diabetes, is excited to announce the completion of their automation project.   The Idaho Falls based laboratory which has locations in Idaho Falls, Pocatello and Rexburg began planning the laboratory expansion and automation nearly two years ago and began construction in September of 2018.  The automated laboratory is the first in East Idaho.

The expansion nearly doubled the size of the laboratory and provided room for the automation equipment.  With the expansion, updated equipment for microbiology, hematology and chemistry along with the robotic track system.

According to Lori Leask, Express Lab Manager, the expansion and automation project was implemented to improve speed, efficiency, and accuracy.   Lori states that, “Expanding allows us to continue to grow and meet the demands of our patients and healthcare providers.”

About the Automation Process

The automation, provided through Ortho Diagnostics based in Raritan, New Jersey, is leading edge technology.

The system is modular and allows for additional growth in the future.   With this automation system, the specimen tubes are loaded and sorted robotically on to the processing track.   The tubes are then automatically transferred to a decapper and placed back on the track for distribution to individual analyzers.  When the testing is finished, the tubes are transported to a re-capping process and then to storage.

The automation allows Express Lab to continually track specimens and repeat or add testing if needed, at a much faster pace.   The specialized automation streamlines our processes and helps our lab analyzers function more efficiently by utilizing software that can detect which analyzer is available to run the test at the fastest pace.  This eliminates bottlenecks and wait times on analyzers while it catalogs specimens for easy retrieval at a later date. Results are then electronically transmitted back to the Express Lab computer system and then immediately sent to doctors or other healthcare providers.

How Automation Helps Doctors  & Patients

The new system will benefit patients and healthcare providers by providing fastest possible turn-around for medical tests.  Also, in cases where the same blood sample or specimen requires additional testing, the system automatically retrieves the tubes and processes the additional testing.

According to Leask, “By automating our lab system, we are able to keep our costs down and pass along those savings to our patients.”   Leask continues, “We are committed to helping keep the costs of medical care down and improving our service level to meet the high standards of the medical laboratory industry.”


 

2018 News Releases

November 13, 2018

Free Blood Glucose Screening on World Diabetes Awareness Day

Idaho Falls, Idaho – As part of World Diabetes Awareness Day (Wednesday, November 14, 2018), Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center, based in Idaho Falls, Idaho, is offering free diabetes screening tests from 11:00am to 3:00pm at the Broulims grocery store located at 2730 E Sunnyside Road, Ammon, Idaho.  The event is being sponsored to raise awareness of diabetes.

About World Diabetes Day

World Diabetes Day (WDD) was created in 1991 by IDF and the World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes. World Diabetes Day became an official United Nations Day in 2006 with the passage of United Nation Resolution 61/225. It is marked every year on 14 November, the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, who co-discovered insulin along with Charles Best in 1922.  https://www.worlddiabetesday.org/about-wdd.html

About the Event

This is the second year in a row where Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center and Broulims are partnering to provide free blood glucose testing to the public.   Last year, the event drew about 100 people who had their blood-glucose levels tested. While no diagnosis will be made at the event, the results of the blood glucose test will be provided and recommendations made.

At the event, the following stations will be staffed.

Blood-Glucose Testing – Express Lab

Express Lab, a clinical laboratory located in Idaho Falls, will be providing the blood-glucose testing and providing results.

Diabetes Education   

Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center’s diabetes educators will be available to provide information about diabetes, nutrition, meal planning and the latest in blood glucose monitoring options.

Diabetes Research 

Coordinators from the Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center research department will be available to share information about current research studies that are taking place and answering questions about the latest in diabetes research.

TrialNet (TrialNet.org)

Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center is part of the TialNet network which has the simple goal of building the path to a future without type 1 diabetes.   At the event, we will be providing a free risk screening for individuals with close family members with type 1 diabetes. These screenings reveal if you are in the early stages of type 1 diabetes.


 

September 20, 2018

Rocky Mountain Diabetes Encourages Youth to Apply for DC trip to meet with Members of Congress

Idaho Falls, Idaho –  Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center, based in Idaho Falls, is encouraging youth ages 4 – 17 who have Type 1 diabetes (T1D) to apply for the opportunity to travel to Washington DC in 2019 to meet with members of congress as a state representative for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).  Delegates are needed from Idaho, Wyoming, Montana and Utah.

JDRF is one of the leading global organizations whose fund raising efforts are exclusively focused on accelerating life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D.   Every other year, JDRF accepts applications of youth from each state who are interested in telling their story to congress in an effort to secure funding for T1D research. JDRF pays for the travel experiences of the child and one parent to Washington DC where they attend events including the opportunity to meet with members of congress all organized by JDRF.  (Note: Other family members may attend at their own expense and some event participation may be limited.)

To apply for the JDRF 2019 Children’s Congress, visit https://www.jdrf.org.

About JDRF (https://www.jdrf.org/about/)

JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Our strength lies in their exclusive focus and singular influence on the worldwide effort to end T1D.

Why we fight type 1 diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that strikes both children and adults suddenly. It has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. There is nothing you can do to prevent it. And, at present, there is no cure.

In T1D, your pancreas stops producing insulin—a hormone the body needs to get energy from food. This means a process your body does naturally and automatically becomes something that now requires your daily attention and manual intervention. If you have T1D, you must constantly monitor your blood-sugar level, inject or infuse insulin through a pump, and carefully balance these insulin doses with your eating and activity throughout the day and night.

However, insulin is not a cure for diabetes. Even with the most vigilant disease management, a significant portion of your day will be spent with either high or low blood-sugar levels. These fluctuations place people with T1D at risk for potentially life-threatening hypoglycemic and hyperglycemic episodes as well as devastating long-term complications such as kidney failure, heart attack, stroke, blindness and amputation.


 

2017 News Releases

October 26, 2017

New Diabetes Tech Eliminates Routine Finger Sticks* for Americans Local Diabetes Testing Contributes to FDA Approval

by Lilly Diabetes

Related Story on Local News 8

Corrections to article from local news 8:
1. Although during the course of the clinical trials subjects wore the sensor for longer durations of time, the Abbott Freestyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System is only approved by the FDA for 10-day use.

2. Currently the Abbott Freestyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System is only approved in adults ages 18 and older. They are currently working on approval for younger populations, but this requires additional testing and research prior to FDA approval.

Idaho Falls, Idaho – October 26, 2017: Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center in Idaho Falls contributed to the clinical testing for a new glucose sensing technology which could revolutionize diabetes care by eliminating the need for a diabetes patient to routinely prick their finger up to 12 times 1 a day to take blood-glucose measurements. Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center was a testing site for one of the clinical trials that was used as part of the FDA submission for FreeStyle Libre System.

Testing of the FreeStyle® Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System was performed in only 7 locations across the country, including Rocky Mountain Diabetes, of Idaho Falls. The groundbreaking technology, developed by Abbott, eliminates the need for routine finger sticks* when checking glucose levels. No finger stick calibration, glucose levels are read through a sensor that is worn on the back of the upper arm. The sensor is the longest lasting personal glucose sensor available in the U.S. lasting up to 10 days.

The monitoring system received its FDA approval on September 27, 2017 and is expected to be available via prescription in the US before the end of the year at major retail pharmacies, according to Abbott.

For three decades those suffering from diabetes have been using a self-monitoring blood glucose finger stick to collect blood samples. According to the American Diabetes Association, using finger-stick blood samples, test strips, and portable meters has significantly aided in the management of diabetes since its inception. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2845057/)

The traditional method of testing blood glucose levels using meters with a drop of blood, typically obtained from an individual’s fingertips, has been very helpful. It may, however, be painful and requires strict discipline. Each meter needs a blood sample that is usually obtained by pricking the finger with a lancing device. The sample is placed on a test strip that has been inserted into a meter and then analyzed by that meter. The FreeStyle ® Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System not only eliminates routine finger pricking* but is also much more convenient thus enhancing the lifestyle of a diabetes patient.

Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center, in Idaho Falls, Idaho began testing this glucose sensing technology in 2014 where they validated the accuracy of the device with diabetes patients. Under the direction of Dr. David Liljenquist of Rocky Mountain Diabetes, approximately 100 local diabetes sufferers participated in the trial over the 3 years of testing.

During the tests, patients would insert the device and then wear it for a period of time having blood samples drawn over strategic time spans. The data collected was used to compare against the established standard of glucose measurement and with the traditional finger prick method.

Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center is excited to be a part of this technology because their patients get to experience new and exciting methods of measuring glucose as well as have access to more frequent care during a clinical trial. According to Research Director Mark Sulik, Pharm D., CCRP at Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center, “By having our physician investigators participate in clinical trials they remain on the forefront of medical treatment and care. This knowledge and experience with new medications and devices means they are even better prepared to help and treat patients in the best and most cost effective manner. It is like the difference between reading a car review in consumer reports and actually having spent the past 3-5 years driving the car.”

For more information about the product, visit www.freestylelibre.us.

About Rocky Mountain Diabetes

Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center of Idaho Falls is known among top pharmaceutical and medical device companies worldwide as a top-tier diabetes research location. Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center has been involved with over 250 clinical trials over the past two decades and has contributed to the recent FDA approval of the FreeStyle ® Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System which is the first continuous glucose monitoring system for adults that does not require blood sample calibration.

Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center is a local medical center specializing in internal medicine and its sub-specialty Endocrinology, which deals with disorders of the endocrine system. Typical conditions that are evaluated or treated by the Center include diabetes, osteoporosis, insulin resistance, thyroid diseases, thyroid cancer, hypertension, cholesterol (lipid) disorders, pituitary and adrenal disorders, obesity, infertility, and growth problems.

Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center has carried out medical research in many endocrine-related clinical trials for various pharmaceutical and device manufacturers for more than 20 years. These clinical trials help in bringing to market new treatments and medications for diabetes. To learn more about Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center, please visit www.rockymountaindiabetes.com.

About the FDA

The FDA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, promotes and protects the public health by, among other things, assuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products for human use, and medical devices. The agency is also responsible for the safety and security of our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, products that give off electronic radiation, and for regulating tobacco products.

For more information about the FDA approval, visit the following FDA official release:
https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm577890.htm

*Fingersticks are required for treatment decisions when you see Check Blood Glucose symbol, when symptoms do not match system readings, when you suspect readings may be inaccurate, or when you experience symptoms that may be due to high or low blood glucose.

1. American Diabetes Association Standards of medical care in diabetes 2014.  Diabetes Care January
2014, v37 suppl1 s21-22


 

October 24, 2017

Rocky Mountain Diabetes Dietitian and Nutrition Expert Presenting at the Type One Nation Summit

Becky Sulik RD LD CDEIdaho Falls, Idaho – Becky Sulik, a nutrition expert at Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center in Idaho Falls will be providing a presentation on exercise and type 1 diabetes at the JDRF Type One Nation Summit being held in Sandy, Utah.

Becky is excited to present her educational expertise on nutrition and exercise at this free event being held from 9:00am until 3:00pm at Salt Lake Community College’s Miller Conference Center located at 9750 South 300 West in Sandy, Utah.

The seminars, presentations and breakout sessions are open to the public and is geared to help those suffering from type 1 diabetes.

About Becky Sulik, RD, LD, CDE

Becky is a licensed and registered dietitian, a certified diabetes educator, and a certified insulin pump trainer at Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center. For over a decade, Becky has worked closely with physicians and patients to facilitate diabetes self-management education. She also serves as a study coordinator in the Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center Clinical Research department, giving her the opportunity to work with many new diabetes medications and devices in the research setting. For more information about Becky visit her webpage:

https://rockymountaindiabetes.com/certified-diabetes-educator-registered-dietician-becky-sulik/

Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center has a staff of board certified experts, certified and licensed dietitians and clinical research professionals that carry out healthcare services, education and medical research. To learn more about Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center, please visit www.rockymountaindiabetes.com.

JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. JDRF has an exclusive focus and singular influence on the worldwide effort to end T1D.  DRF is a non-profit organization that works every day to change the reality of this disease for millions of people—and to prevent anyone else from ever knowing it—by funding research, advocating for government support of research and new therapies, ensuring new therapies come to market and connecting and engaging the T1D community.

Founded by parents determined to find a cure for their children with T1D, JDRF expanded through grassroots fundraising and advocacy efforts to become a powerhouse in the scientific community with dozens of U.S. locations and six international affiliates. We’ve funded more than $2 billion in research to date and made significant progress in understanding and fighting the disease. We must keep up the pace of funding so progress doesn’t slow or stop entirely.

 

For more information about JDRF, visit http://www.jdrf.org/

 


August 14, 2017

Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center Sponsor’s Zoo Day

Children and Teens Participate in a Fun-filled Diabetes Day Camp

Idaho Falls, Idaho – Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center, based in Idaho Falls, is sponsoring a day at the Tautphaus Park Zoo for kids and teens with diabetes. Participants will not only be able to enjoy their time at the zoo but with also enjoy day camp activities designed to educate those people suffering from diabetes. Activities are scheduled between 11:00am – 2:00pm on August 14, 2017 at Tautphaus Park Zoo located at 2725 Carnival Way, in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Discussions and educational activities will include proper eating habits and nutritional facts and the latest innovations in insulin pumps. Those attending will also have the opportunity to meet Dr. Joshua Smith, the regions only pediatric endocrinologist who only recently joined Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center.

About Dr. Joshua Smith

Joshua Smith, MD, MBA is a board certified physician in pediatrics and pediatric endocrinology. Dr. Smith attended Brigham Young University where he received a Bachelor of Science in neuroscience and earned his medical degree at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. After completion of medical school, he began his internship and residency in Pediatrics at the Medical College of Georgia, in Augusta, Georgia and was named a fellow in Pediatric Endocrinology in 2014. Dr. Smith joined Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center in January 2017.

Learn more about Dr. Smith at RockyMountainDiabetes.com

Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center is a local medical center that specializes in internal medicine and its sub-specialty endocrinology, which deals with disorders of the endocrine system. Typical conditions that are evaluated or treated include diabetes, osteoporosis, insulin resistance, thyroid diseases, thyroid cancer, hypertension, cholesterol (lipid) disorders, pituitary and adrenal disorders, obesity, infertility, and growth problems.

Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center carries out medical research in many endocrine-related clinical trials for major pharmaceutical companies and provides comprehensive diabetes self-management education. To learn more about Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center, please visit www.rockymountaindiabetes.com.


May 17, 2017

150 Idaho Falls Residents Celebrating Years of Successful Type 1 Diabetes Management Honored

by Lilly Diabetes

Milestone event brings community together to celebrate managing challenges

Idaho Falls, Idaho – Living with diabetes requires constant effort and vigilant dedication. This week, 150 local residents with type 1 diabetes—most diagnosed as children—will be recognized with a Lilly Diabetes Journey AwardsSM medal during a celebration event at 6:30pm, May 17, 2019 at the Bennion Student Union Building on the ISU – Idaho Falls campus.

The Lilly Diabetes Journey Awards program was established by Eli Lilly, grandson of Lilly’s founder, Col. Eli Lilly, in 1975 to recognize individuals who have successfully managed their diabetes with the help of insulin for 10, 25, 50, or 75 years or more. These local Journey Awards recipients will join the thousands of individuals who have received the honor since the award was first established.

The Idaho Falls Journey Awards ceremony will celebrate the significant journey people have taken to manage their type 1 diabetes with the help of insulin. With friends, family, physicians, and others in attendance, recipients will be presented with a custom-engraved medal, along with a congratulatory letter signed by Lilly’s President and Chief Executive Officer David Ricks.

“Diabetes is a challenging disease to manage daily—there are no breaks—and to do it successfully over many years is an amazing accomplishment,” said Dave Noesges, vice president, U.S. Sales, Lilly Diabetes. “These Lilly Diabetes Journey Awards recipients are an inspiration to the millions of people with diabetes who are learning how to manage their disease. By recognizing these recipients, we hope to embrace their hard work and inspire others to do the same.”

These recipients were nominated by physicians or diabetes educators at Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center with locations in Idaho Falls at 3910 Washington Parkway and Pocatello at 444 Hospital Way who have played an integral role in helping these people manage their diabetes.

Healthcare professionals may submit nominations or people may apply for a Journey Awards medal themselves online at www.lillydiabetes.com. Nominations and applications are currently for U.S. residents only.

About Diabetes

Approximately 29 million Americans1 and an estimated 415 million people worldwide have diabetes, and nearly 28 percent of Americans with diabetes—totaling 8 million people—are undiagnosed. In the U.S., approximately 12 percent of those aged 20 and older have diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is the most common type, accounting for an estimated 90 to 95 percent of all diagnosed adult diabetes cases in the U.S.1 Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when the body either does not properly produce, or use, the hormone insulin.2

About Lilly Diabetes

Lilly has been a global leader in diabetes care since 1923, when we introduced the world’s first commercial insulin. Today we are building upon this heritage by working to meet the diverse needs of people with diabetes and those who care for them. Through research and collaboration, a broad and growing product portfolio, and a continued determination to provide real solutions—from medicines to support programs and more—we strive to make life better for all those affected by diabetes around the world. For more information, visit www.lillydiabetes.com.

About Eli Lilly and Company

Lilly is a global healthcare leader that unites caring with discovery to make life better for people around the world. We were founded more than a century ago by a man committed to creating high-quality medicines that meet real needs, and today we remain true to that mission in all our work. Across the globe, Lilly employees work to discover and bring life-changing medicines to those who need them, improve the understanding and management of disease, and give back to communities through philanthropy and volunteerism. To learn more about Lilly, please visit us at www.lilly.com and newsroom.lilly.com/social-channels.

About Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center

Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center is a local medical center that specializes in internal medicine and its sub-specialty Endocrinology, which deals with disorders of the endocrine system. Typical conditions that are evaluated or treated by the Center include diabetes, osteoporosis, insulin resistance, thyroid diseases, thyroid cancer, hypertension, cholesterol (lipid) disorders, pituitary and adrenal disorders, obesity, infertility, and growth problems.

The Clinical Research department of Rocky Mountain Diabetes carries out medical research in many endocrine-related clinical trials for Lilly more than 10 years. These clinical trials help in bringing to market new treatments and medications for diabetes. To learn more about Rocky Mountian Diabetes Center, please visit rockymountaindiabetes.com.

CR-LLY PP-LD- US-0956 9/2016 ©Lilly USA, LLC 2016. All rights reserved.

1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2014. Available at:
http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/pubs/statsreport14/national-diabetes- report-web.pdf. October 2014. Accessed on August 28, 2016.
2 International Diabetes Federation. IDF Diabetes Atlas, 7th ed. 2015 Update. Brussels, Belgium: International Diabetes Federation, 2015.
http://www.idf.org/about-diabetes. Accessed on August 28, 2016.


May 16, 2017

Pediatric Endocrinology Expertise Arrives in East Idaho

Joshua Smith MD MBA

Idaho Falls, Idaho – Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center, based in Idaho Falls, recently welcomed Dr. Joshua Smith, a board certified pediatric endocrinologist. By hiring Dr. Smith, the practice brings additional expertise to the region and fills a void in the area. Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center now has additional expertise focused specifically on pediatric diabetes and endocrinology diseases.

According to Dr. Smith, endocrine disorders can manifest themselves in a variety of ways. If a child has abnormal growth, either growing too fast or not fast enough, there may be endocrine concerns. Other symptoms of endocrine disorders include continual thirst, rapid weight gain or loss, frequent urination and fatigue. In young children, bed wetting after successful potty-training may also be a symptom.

Dr. Smith enjoys seeing a variety of endocrine patients and visiting with their families. He places significant emphasis on teaching patients about their conditions, and to inform them about what is happening with their bodies. Dr. Smith likes using technology to provide evidence-based, comprehensive care. He has a special interest in diabetes, endocrine effects of optic nerve hypoplasia, pubertal and growth disorders, adrenal conditions and thyroid disease.

About Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center

Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center is a local medical center that specializes in internal medicine and its sub-specialty endocrinology, which deals with disorders of the endocrine system. Typical conditions that are evaluated or treated include diabetes, osteoporosis, insulin resistance, thyroid diseases, thyroid cancer, hypertension, cholesterol (lipid) disorders, pituitary and adrenal disorders, obesity, infertility, and growth problems.

Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center carries out medical research in many endocrine-related clinical trials for major pharmaceutical companies and provides comprehensive diabetes self-management education. To learn more about Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center, please visit www.rockymountaindiabetes.com.


April 13, 2017

8 Local People with Diabetes Pilot New Self-Regulating Insulin Pump

Idaho Falls, Idaho – Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center, based in Idaho Falls, is renowned worldwide as a diabetes research site having been involved with over 250 clinical trials over the past two decades. The center has earned notoriety with the likes of global pharmaceutical company Eli-Lilly (NYSE:LLY) and recently, Medtronic (NYSE:MDT), a multi-billion dollar global healthcare solutions company operating in over 160 countries.

Medtronic, whose diabetes division develops insulin pumps, used Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center to provide clinical testing for their newest insulin pump, the MiniMed 670G, which is the first “hybrid closed loop” insulin pump.

While there are many different insulin pumps for people with type 1 diabetes to choose from, this device has the newest innovation using software to automatically read a person’s blood-glucose level. The pump’s software then makes a prediction whether the person’s level is trending too low or too high, and then automatically adjusts the insulin dose. WebMD said that this, “Automated insulin delivery system will ease some of the burden of living with the condition.”

Medtronic submitted the device for FDA approval and received approval last fall, sooner than expected. The American Diabetes Association said, “We applaud the @US_FDA’s approval of the first hybrid insulin delivery system.”

Local Patients

The MiniMed 670G will be available soon to most patients; however, at a few locations thought the US, including Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center in Idaho Falls, a small number of patients are being given early access to this ground-breaking technology. The next closest location to date is Denver, Colorado. On Thursday, April 13, 2017, eight patients will be receiving their new pumps and training at the center as part of this early access effort.

Becky Sulik, RD, LD, CDE, Director of Education at Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center has been involved with patient training in some of the clinical trials for the MiniMed 670G. She states that, “People with diabetes who must rely on insulin, struggle to maintain good control of their blood sugar levels in spite of their diligent efforts in testing blood sugars, counting carbohydrates, and dosing insulin appropriately. With this pump, they have the additional benefit of a continuous glucose monitor that helps adjust the insulin delivery to the many constantly changing variable that affect blood sugars from minute to minute.”

Dr. Joshua Smith, who is the regions only pediatric endocrinologist and recently joined Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center, states that, “The automation of this pump helps parents and children get more sleep. Many parents of children with diabetes are scared at night as their child goes to bed, fearing low blood sugar, so they wake up and check on the child throughout the night. The patient also gets more sleep as the pump automatically makes adjustments so they can sleep through the night. With this new pump, the automation minimizes the risk of low or high blood sugar affecting the patient as they sleep.”

According to Dr. Smith, the MiniMed 670G is approved for teens 14 years or older. Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center is currently involved with clinical trials for children younger than 14 years of age. Persons interested in learning more about this pump are invited to call Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center at 208-523-1122 and more information if forthcoming on rockymountaindiabetes.com

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References

https://www.medtronicdiabetes.com/products/minimed-670g-insulin-pump-system

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