Research Underway to Create a Cannula with Lower Risk of Infection & Inflammation

A professor at the University of Central Florida, Elizabeth Brisbois, is working to develop a cannula that can be left in place for as long as 30 days while effectively delivering insulin into the body. Cannulas are small tubes that are inserted beneath the skin to deliver insulin into the body as part of an insulin pump system. The cannula can either be part of the infusion set or attached to the actual insulin pump. Normally, over time, the body’s immune system attacks the cannula, with cells creating a film around the cannula that begins to inhibit proper insulin delivery. That is why infusion sets normally need to be changed every two to three days to reduce the risk of infection. 

Brisbois’ goal is to create cannulas that have a lower risk of infection and inflammation, with reduced pain and inconvenience for patients. She and her team are developing cannulas that release nitric oxide, a molecule that can kill bacteria. Nitric oxide is also produced in the body to fight off germs and has an important role in wound healing.

This advance could significantly increase quality of life for people living with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Brisbois and her team are funded by a recent grant from the JDRF and are collaborating with researchers at the University of Georgia. Learn more about the cannula research here.

Medicare Now Covers CGM: Available through Healthy Living

 Medicare now offers reimbursement for the  Dexcom G5 Mobile System  for members who have type 1 or type 2 diabetes and intensively manage their blood sugar levels with insulin.

Medicare now offers reimbursement for the Dexcom G5 Mobile System for members who have type 1 or type 2 diabetes and intensively manage their blood sugar levels with insulin.

Medicare members now have access to a life-changing therapy for managing diabetes -- CGM. At Healthy Living, we are so excited that we can now offer Dexcom continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) to people living with diabetes on Medicare. CGM provides many benefits to users, including fewer daily fingerpricks and better insights into blood sugar trends. Dexcom CGM systems also work in tandem with insulin pumps and are an excellent addition to any diabetes treatment plan for closer monitoring, improved metrics, and more precise dosing.

Healthy Living can provide CGM systems, associated diabetes supplies, insulin pumps, and pump supplies to Medicare members. It is worthwhile to find out more about these advanced technologies. By calling us and talking with our Insulin Pump & CGM Therapy Team, you can learn more about how CGM and insulin pumps work and how they can benefit your diabetes management. We will also run a no-cost insurance verification check for you to learn more about your coverage.

Find out more about continuous glucose monitoring systems here. Get started by connecting with Healthy Living via phone at 866.779.8512 (Option 2) or text at 248.577.9903. Also chat with us on our website, myhlms.com.

Customer Service Appreciation Week: Excellence Happens Here

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Healthy Living Medical Supply is once again participating in Customer Service Appreciation Week - this year’s version takes place from October 1-5, with the theme being “Excellence Happens Here.” Customer Service Appreciation Week is an internationally recognized event devoted to recognizing the importance of customer service and honoring the people who serve and support customers. It is celebrated in all 50 states and over 60 different countries.

Our goal as a company is to take pause and thank the everyday heroes who are working hard to provide a great customer experience to our customers living with diabetes, health plan reps, providers, and partners. We have a saying around here: “You have to take great care of the people who take great care of our customers.” With that in mind we have a week of activities planned that include lunches, a team dinner, chair massages, and fun games for everyone in the company.

And it isn’t just about the work that our forward-facing customer care agents perform; all employees at Healthy Living are charged with providing outstanding customer service. This includes our shipping team which strives to provide accurate packing of orders, our pharmacy team, our billing team, and even members of our administrative team. We’ve worked hard through the years to build a culture of customer service throughout our company. While we don’t always get it right, we hope that your overall experience with Healthy Living has been a positive and want you know that we are always working to improve.

If you happen to call, text, email, or chat during customer service appreciation week, feel free to show your appreciation to the agent that you are working with - positive customer feedback is a great way to celebrate the everyday heroes here at Healthy Living Medical Supply who work hard to provide outstanding customer service!

Diabetes and Emergency Planning in Michigan and Beyond

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Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers go out to the individuals and families in North Carolina and South Carolina whom have been touched by Hurricane Florence and the flooding that has followed. Although Michigan is not affected by natural disasters like hurricanes, we have plenty of other reasons to take pause and invest some time in emergency planning. Probably our greatest weather threats in this area are snowstorms, thunderstorms, tornadoes, and associated power outages.

For people living with different health challenges and conditions, there are unique precautions to be taken and plans to be made. For those living with diabetes, it is especially important to maintain a reasonable stock of supplies to last through an emergency. Additional supplies can be purchased through our retail online supply store or by calling us at 866.779.8512 (you can always discuss this with an agent when calling for an order or refill through Healthy Living).

Take a look at the CDC Preparedness page for people with diabetes. Four main topics that you may find helpful include:

  1. Information regarding insulin storage and switching between products in an emergency

  2. Diabetes disaster preparedness

  3. Be prepared: staying safe and healthy in winter weather

  4. Prepare for diabetes care in heat and emergencies

Beyond Type 1 recently published resources for those affected by Hurricane Florence – including contacts for disaster assistance, reminders for how to best stay safe and healthy, and also how to help. Some of their guidelines are applicable to us in Michigan:

Type 1 diabetes reminders for natural disasters

  • Identify yourself as someone who has diabetes

  • Stay hydrated

  • Keep emergency supplies with you to treat hypoglycemia

  • Secure insulin – If you can get to a pharmacy, it’s the best way to access your medicines or get emergency supplies.

Hopefully the winter weather ahead treats us kindly, but it’s worthwhile to be prepared for whatever might come!

In the News: Apple Patent Hints at Non-Invasive Glucose Monitoring Tech for Apple Watch

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News has been circulating that Apple has been developing a non-invasive sensor to continuously measure blood glucose levels since last year. In fact, this tracker has been said to become the “holy grail” in diabetes.

In August, a patent was published that potentially offers clues into Apple’s rumored non-invasive monitoring solution. Apple submitted a patent application in 2015 for “Reference switch architectures for noncontact sensing of substances,” a method by which an electronic device can be calibrated to measure the concentration of a particular substance in a given sample. This is an optical system that enables determination of the concentration of a target substance by applying light with known properties to a sample. Although the patent documentation does not specifically explain what substances this proposed system might be used for, it resonates with rumors that Apple is working on a non-invasive glucose monitoring solution for use in their Apple Watch. Learn more about the science behind Apple’s patent application at appleinsider.

Healthy Living provides leading continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) systems that monitor blood glucose levels in real time for Blue Cross Blue Shield, Health Alliance Plan of Michigan (HAP), Priority Health and Priority Health Advantage, and Medicare members. CGM helps people living with type 1 or type 2 diabetes make more informed treatment decisions that lead to better glycemic control. To learn more, call 866.779.8512 (option 2) to speak with a member of our Insulin Pump & CGM Therapy Team!

Michigan Medicaid & CGM Coverage -- Let Your Voice Be Heard

  Comment on the new Michigan Medicaid proposal via email, phone, fax, or letter.

Comment on the new Michigan Medicaid proposal via email, phone, fax, or letter.

Share your experience and thoughts, and let your voice be heard! Michigan Medicaid has proposed a new policy that will allow coverage of continuous glucose monitors (CGM) for eligible members. Now is the time to review the proposed changes in Medicaid policies and procedures. Your comments are due soon — September 26, 2018.

How to Submit Your Comments

Email Address: trumbelll@michigan.gov 

Mailing Address:

Lisa Trumbell, DMEPOS Policy Specialist 

Bureau of Medicaid Policy and Health System Innovation 

Medical Services Administration 

P.O. Box 30479 

Lansing, Michigan 48909-7979 

Telephone Number: 517-284-1226

Fax Number: 517-241-8969 

The proposed effective date is December 1, 2018. Our Healthy Living team has already submitted a letter to Michigan Medicaid to express our support of continuous glucose monitoring therapy as a highly effective way to help people with diabetes manage their disease.

Saturday Service-Back by Popular Demand!

 Healthy Living Customer Care agents are available on Saturdays from 8:00am - 3:30pm.

Healthy Living Customer Care agents are available on Saturdays from 8:00am - 3:30pm.

Healthy Living is pleased to share that weekend hours are back! We’re always looking for more ways to be more accessible and by having a small team on Saturdays we’re doing just that. Please know that you may experience longer than normal wait times if you call in on Saturday given a smaller Saturday work team in comparison to the week.

Call 866.779.8512 to speak with an agent live on Saturdays from 8:00am - 3:30pm.

Grunberger Patient Appreciation Day a Great Success

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Despite the weather (pouring rain all day!), the Grunberger Diabetes Institute’s Patient Appreciation Day on Saturday, August 25 had an awesome turnout! Over 100 patients attended the event outside Dr. Grunberger’s office -- a fun, educational opportunity to understand what resources are available for diabetes care. Jennifer from Healthy Living Medical Supply attended the event, along with many of our manufacturer partners representing CGM and insulin pump solutions. The Grunberger Diabetes Institute also served food and sponsored a raffle for patients and guests.

Dr. George Grunberger is internationally renowned for his work with people with diabetes. His office is located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and offers cutting-edge diabetes and endocrine problems management, one-stop service for comprehensive care, a multidisciplinary team, and participation in research studies. Learn more about the Grunberger Diabetes Institute and check out their blog.

Tandem’s Basal-IQ Predictive Low Glucose Suspend Now Available in t:slim X2 Insulin Pumps

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The Tandem Basal-IQ predictive low glucose suspend (PLGS) system has recently been approved by the FDA for pump users as young as six years old. It is a feature of the newest Tandem t:slim X2 insulin pumps (and available as a software update for older t:slim X2 pumps), working in collaboration with the Dexcom G6 continuous glucose monitoring system (CGM). The new PLGS algorithm stops basal insulin delivery when low blood sugar is predicted (30 minutes ahead of time), suspends, and then restarts insulin delivery once blood sugar levels begin to rise. The goal is to prevent or reduce hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) in users, without alarms.

The American Diabetes Association defines hypoglycemia: “Low blood glucose (hypoglycemia) is when your blood glucose levels have fallen low enough that you need to take action to bring them back to your target range. This is usually when your blood glucose is less than 70 mg/dL.” Study results have shown that the Tandem Basal-IQ predictive low glucose suspend system reduced time in hypoglycemia by 31%, or about 19 minutes per day. The Basal-IQ system is also the first automated insulin delivery system compatible with a no-fingerstick calibration CGM (the Dexcom G6).

All of the Tandem t:slim X2 pumps shipping from Healthy Living Medical Supply now have the updated Basal-IQ PLGS algorithm. If you already have a Tandem t:slim X2 pump and it’s in warranty, you will be able to get a software update to obtain the new algorithm. The Basal-IQ Technology software update for the t:slim X2 Insulin Pump is now available – get started here. The collective capabilities of insulin pumps and CGM keep wowing us! To find out more about new ways like this to help manage diabetes, call our Insulin Pump & CGM Therapy team at 866.779.8512 (option 2). We are here to help!

We Answer Customer Calls FAST

 When working with Healthy Living, you can be assured that you'll always be able to connect with a live agent fast...for the month of July our Average Speed of Answer was 20 seconds!

When working with Healthy Living, you can be assured that you'll always be able to connect with a live agent fast...for the month of July our Average Speed of Answer was 20 seconds!

Oftentimes when working with high-quality durable medical equipment suppliers it’s the little things that matter most...like getting your call answered FAST.

At Healthy Living, we make a guarantee that when customers, providers, partners or health plan reps call or chat, they will receive access to a live human fast. We use our call center software to measure how we're performing in this area by analyzing the "Average Speed of Answer" data. For the month of July, our average speed of answer was 20 seconds! (And an update: As of September 27, our average speed of answer for September was also 20 seconds!) This means that from the time a caller pressed an option until a live agent picked up the phone, callers waited no more than 20 seconds on average.

What does this mean for our customers and partners?

  1. Faster turnaround time on customer orders. Our competition regularly directs callers to a voicemail OR has longer hold times, both of which can substantially delay orders.

  2. Less administrative burden for our health plan partners & providers. Because our hold times are minimal, our providers, health plan reps, and case workers can do what they do best: focus on quality patient care.

  3. Decreased frustration and increased customer happiness. People with diabetes shouldn't be burdened by voicemails and long hold times when working with their DME supplier for their needed CGM, insulin pump, and general diabetes supplies.

If you are tired of poor customer service, give us a call at 866.779.8512 or chat with an agent live to start the simple enrollment process. We provide CGM, insulin pumps, insulin pump supplies, and diabetes testing supplies from leading manufacturers including Medtronic Diabetes, Tandem Diabetes, OmniPod, and Dexcom. 

Healthy Living Salutes Diabetes Educators

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The American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) annual conference just passed in Baltimore, Maryland. Healthy Living was there to meet diabetes educators and product manufacturers and to simply learn. Educators are in the trenches with patients and their families, teaching them the skills to be successful and guiding them in the various technologies and tools used to manage the disease.

Six diabetes educators were honored for their achievements and contributions in the field of diabetes education at the AADE conference:

  • Diabetes Educator of the Year Award - Jane K. Dickinson, RN, PhD, CDE
  • Lifetime Achievement Award - Keith Campbell, RPh, FASHP, CDE, FAAD (posthumous award)
  • Allene Van Son Distinguished Service Award - Malinda Peeples, RN, MS, CDE, FAADE
  • 2018 Strategic Initiative Award – Jasmine Gonzalvo, PharmD, BCPS, BC-ADM, CDE, LDE, FAADE
  • Rising Star Awards - Melanie L. Duran, RN, BSN, CDE and Clipper F. Young, PharmD, MPH, BC-ADM, CDE

We support the work of diabetes educators on a daily basis by providing them with meter kits to use for new Healthy Living patients in the clinic during training. Healthy Living also reinforces the teaching of diabetes educators by making sure our patients receive refills for continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) supplies, insulin pump supplies, and testing supplies on time, every 30 or 90 days (depending on the patient’s insurance plan).

What it comes down to is that patients can have the best technology in the world, but if they don’t have education, they won’t be able to take full advantage of an insulin pump or CGM system. Read the article New Diabetes Technology Options Can Ease Disease Management, but Education Key for more information about this. Diabetes educators are absolutely essential to the well-being and successful treatment plans of people with diabetes.

Healthy Living Medical Supply Wishes Our Pediatric Patients with Diabetes a Great Start to the School Year!

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Healthy Living Medical Supply wishes all of our pediatric patients and families a successful start to the new school year! We know that the start of a new school year brings a mixture of excitement along and anxiety for many families - this is the case, perhaps even more so, for children and families impacted by type one diabetes.

Healthy Living Medical Supply understands the unique needs of pediatric diabetes patients better than any other durable medical equipment (DME) supplier - we offer a unique pediatric program featuring free meters to be left at school and a hassle-free supply refill experience that ensures children always have the necessary supplies on hand to be successful living with diabetes. We work hard to ensure that our patients always have enough pump supplies, CGM supplies, and diabetes testing supplies available. 

The new school year is also an opportunity to consider beneficial diabetes technologies that can assist parents by helping them stay better connected to their children throughout the day. Continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) systems from Dexcom and Medtronic help parents stay connected to their child throughout the day via an app on their smartphones - this helps parents monitor blood glucose levels remotely while their child is at school. You may learn more about our CGM systems via our CGM page and by calling a member of our CGM/insulin pump therapy team at 866.779.8512 (option 2) to learn more. 

Check out these additional resources on our website to help children and college-age students living with diabetes at school: 

Getting Ready for Back to School with a 504 Plan

The College Diabetes Network Helps you Live Well at School and Beyond

Healthy Living Medical Supply, based in Detroit, Michigan, is in network with all major insurances in the state of Michigan including Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Health Alliance Plan of Michigan, Priority Health, Medicaid, and Medicare. Contact us today at 866.778.512 or via website chat to start the simple enrollment process.

Healthy Living Salutes Our Labor Day Weekend Work Team!

  Happy Labor Day to our customers, providers, and partners! 

Happy Labor Day to our customers, providers, and partners! 

While Labor Day Weekend for many people means picnics and celebrating the unofficial end of summer, for people with diabetes it can mean delays in the delivery of their needed CGM and insulin pump supplies due to Holiday shipping interruptions. Healthy Living recognizes this and pulled together a Saturday orders processing team to ensure minimal disruption in supply delivery to our customers due to the Labor Day Holiday.

Five members of our Detroit-based customer care team focused on processing refill orders while three members of our shipping team in Troy packed shipments - we even arranged for a special UPS pick-up to in the early afternoon to ensure timely delivery of these critical medical supplies. Our team routinely looks at the calendar for potential supply bottlenecks that may be caused by holidays and plans accordingly. 

While we don't like to have our employees working on holiday weekends, we also realize that we are in the business of supporting people with a chronic disease and on occasion this involves weekend/holiday shifts. Healthy Living salutes our Saturday orders processing team of Donald, Christina, Tammi, John, Steve, Tara, Mansa and George for their work in helping our customers receive their diabetes supplies in a timely manner.

Looking for a durable medical equipment (DME) supplier for CGM, insulin pump supplies, or a new pump? Healthy Living Medical Supply specializes in diabetes related technologies and therapies and takes pride in providing compassionate and efficient customer service to our customers who are living with diabetes. Give us a call at 866.779.8512 (we answer calls FAST), chat with an agent live or fill the form on this page to start the simple, five minute enrollment process to begin receiving your CGM and insulin pump supplies from a group of people that get it.

Healthy Living Medical Supply is in-network with most major insurance companies in the state of Michigan, including Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Health Alliance Plan of Michigan (HAP), Priority Health, Michigan Medicaid, Medicare, and many others. 

Dexcom Acquires TypeZero Technologies: More Options for People with Diabetes

  Dexcom acquires TypeZero Technologies and looks to enter the artificial pancreas and insulin delivery space.

Dexcom acquires TypeZero Technologies and looks to enter the artificial pancreas and insulin delivery space.

While nobody has a crystal ball, Dexcom's recent acquisition of TypeZero technologies is likely to mean even more options for people living with diabetes. The past year has seen a good deal of innovation in diabetes technology with Medtronic's release of their 670G hybrid closed loop system, Dexcom's finger stick free G6 CGM system, Medtronic's launch of their stand alone Guardian Connect CGM system, and Tandem's soon-to-be-released Basal IQ technology.

According to an article posted on the Diabtes.co.uk site this past Tuesday, Dexcom's acquisition of TypeZero might mean they are positioning the company to enter into the "artificial pancreas" and insulin delivery space. A compelling aspect of this deal is that TypeZero has already been working with a variety of companies including Tandem Diabetes, and Cellnovo - TyperZero's inControl system - seeks to create compatibility with multiple pump/CGM combinations, not just those that are proprietary in nature. Overall this is excellent news for people with diabetes, providers, and care team members. 

Looking for a durable medical equipment (DME) supplier for CGM, insulin pump supplies, or a new pump? Healthy Living Medical Supply specializes in diabetes-related technologies and therapies and takes pride in providing compassionate and efficient customer service to our customers who are living with diabetes. Give us a call at 866.779.8512, chat with an agent live, or fill the form on this page to start the simple, five-minute enrollment process to begin receiving your CGM and insulin pump supplies from a company that gets it.

Healthy Living Medical Supply is in network with most major insurance companies in the state of Michigan, including Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Health Alliance Plan of Michigan (HAP), Priority Health, Michigan Medicaid, Medicare, and many others. 

 

Introducing the Healthy Living Medical Supply Pediatric Program for Children with Type 1 Diabetes

  At Healthy Living, we understand the unique needs of our pediatric members and their care teams. Call us at 866.779.8512 to learn more about our Pediatric Diabetes Supply program and to enroll for the great customer service that you deserve.

At Healthy Living, we understand the unique needs of our pediatric members and their care teams. Call us at 866.779.8512 to learn more about our Pediatric Diabetes Supply program and to enroll for the great customer service that you deserve.

Our team consistently works to better understand the needs and challenges of people of all ages who are living with diabetes (members of our team even wore insulin pumps filled with saline solution to learn more about the ins and outs of using an insulin pump!). We believe that working with a durable medical equipment provider for diabetes-related supplies should involve compassionate customer service with an experience that is EASY for patients. We know this is even more important for pediatric patients living with diabetes and members of their caregiving teams. As a result, we have created a program to support the unique needs of our pediatric diabetes population. You can read more about the program on our pediatrics page, but here are a few highlights: 

  1. Healthy Living Medical Supply provides extra meters for pediatric patients to leave with the school nurse, in the backpack, or in their school locker so that their primary meter may remain home.

  2. We stay in routine contact with the parents/primary caregivers to ensure needed supplies are on hand so patients can be successful in living with diabetes.

  3. We know CGM (continuous glucose monitoring) technology - wouldn't it be great if parents could monitor their children's blood glucose levels while they were sleeping, at school, or on a sleepover at a friend's home? Healthy Living carries all major brands of CGM systems that not only provide pediatric patients with greater insights into their blood glucose levels, but also allow parents and caregivers to have access to the metrics via their smartphones.

  4. When the time comes to consider insulin pump therapy Healthy Living has you covered. We're able to supply insulin pumps and and pump supplies from both Tandem Diabetes and Medtronic Diabetes with excellent customer care in the process.

  5. We provide pediatric-friendly meters with Bluetooth capabilities so data can be easily viewed and shared. More about our pediatric friendly meters here and here.

  6. Order processing is simple for refills when working with Healthy Living - it shouldn't take weeks to receive your child's needed diabetes supplies. Our warehouse is located in Troy, Michigan and our Customer Care Team is located in downtown Detroit, Michigan, so your order will arrive fast, typically within 2-3 business days after receiving your approval via a simple text message.

If you are tired of poor customer service and fighting with your current DME supplier for diabetes supplies, give us a call at 866.779.8512 or chat with an agent live to start the simple enrollment process. Healthy Living Medical Supply is in network with most major insurances in the State of Michigan, including Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Health Alliance Plan of Michigan (HAP), Priority Health, Michigan Medicaid, Children's Special Health Care Services of Michigan, and many more. Keep your business local! Healthy Living Medical Supply is also the only Michigan-based DME focused entirely on diabetes. 

Manage Your Deliveries with UPS My Choice

  Enroll in the UPS My Choice program to gain control over your deliveries from Healthy Living.

Enroll in the UPS My Choice program to gain control over your deliveries from Healthy Living.

Chances are if you receive insulin pump supplies and/or continuous glucose monitoring supplies from Healthy Living Medical Supply, they are delivered to your doorstep via UPS. Healthy Living provides customers with UPS tracking notifications via text messaging or direct to email, but for more visibility and control over your orders we recommend signing up for the UPS My Choice program.

My Choice provides you with the following features:

  1. Delivery alerts via email or text message

  2. A delivery planner that lets you see your orders in a calendar view

  3. Approximate delivery time so you have a better idea when your important diabetes supplies will be delivered

  4. Ability to leave delivery instructions, which is particularly useful in an apartment complex or when detailed instructions are needed to ensure successful delivery of your supplies

  5. Sign for your packages online

  6. Pick up your supplies at a more convenient location by requesting orders be sent to a UPS facility or a UPS Store near your residence

It is our goal to ensure that our customers always have the supplies they need on hand to be successful in managing diabetes -- the UPS My Choice program can help by giving you more control over your shipments. 

To enroll in UPS My Choice to manage your orders, click this link. The process is simple and takes no more than five minutes. 

If you are looking for a diabetes durable medical equipment (DME) supplier with an emphasis on providing great customer service with an empathetic mindset, give us a call at 866.779.8512 or chat live with an agent. We provide leading insulin pumps and supplies from Tandem Diabetes, Medtronic Diabetes and Omnipod. We also offer continuous glucose monitoring systems (CGM) from Dexcom and Medtronic and are in network with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Health Alliance Plan of Michigan (HAP), Priority Health, Michigan Medicaid, Medicare and most other major insurances in Michigan. 

HLMS Now In-Network with Priority Health Medicare for CGM

  The Healthy Living Insulin Pump & CGM Therapy Team

The Healthy Living Insulin Pump & CGM Therapy Team

Continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) has become a mightily useful tool for helping people with diabetes understand their trends, manage their blood sugar levels more accurately, and make better-informed treatment decisions overall. Our Insulin Pump & CGM Therapy Team loves to help patients get up and running with continuous glucose monitoring, and Healthy Living Medical Supply is now in-network with Priority Health Medicare for CGM.

Are you ready to learn more about CGM? Here are a few past blog posts to check out:

You can reach the Healthy Living team at 866.779.8512 (Option 2) for more information about CGM, and if you’re ready, begin the process of obtaining a continuous glucose monitoring system for managing your diabetes. When you call, we’ll answer your questions and run a no-cost insurance benefits check to find out about your coverage.

The Link Between Diabetes & Heart Disease

There is a substantial connection between diabetes and heart disease. In fact, the American Heart Association reports that if you have diabetes, your risk of developing heart disease is more than double that of the general population. To better understand how cardiovascular disease and diabetes interface in the human body, check out the video, Break It Down: Diabetes & Heart Disease and the associated healthline article. This video, featuring Dr. Priyanka Wali, explains the link between these two diseases and emphasizes that lifestyle changes can have a huge impact on improving health outcomes.

The main diabetes-related health characteristics that can increase the likelihood of cardiovascular disease include high blood pressure, high blood sugar, poorly managed levels of blood fats like cholesterol and triglycerides, obesity, and living a sedentary lifestyle. Dr. Wali recommends being attentive and proactive and making these seven changes to reduce the chances of developing cardiovascular disease:

  1. Quit smoking
  2. Get moving
  3. Reduce stress and get enough sleep
  4. Lose weight
  5. Know your numbers
  6. Optimize cholesterol levels
  7. Take medications as prescribed

Check out the healthline page, Get to the Heart of Type 2 Diabetes, for more related articles. Let’s keep reading, keep learning, and keep moving!

Healthy Living Supplies Throughout Michigan's Upper Peninsula

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Hello Michigan Upper Peninsula folks! When I think of the U.P., many great memories come to mind. I think of Copper Country, Tahquamenon Falls, Whitefish Point, Marquette, the Pictured Rocks, chilly Lake Superior, the Soo Locks, remote Isle Royale, the Northern Lights, and crossing the bridge into St. Ignace to the freshest air and ultimate Michigan beauty.

To those of you lucky enough to live in this paradise, we want to let you know that Healthy Living ships supplies throughout not only the Lower Peninsula, but the Upper Peninsula of Michigan as well. We provide insulin pumps, pump supplies, continuous glucose monitoring systems (CGM), and diabetes testing supplies throughout the U.P. So here's a shout out to all of you enjoying Michigan summer in Escanaba, Houghten and Hancock, Marquette, Sault Ste. Marie, Munising, Grand Marais, and other cities, towns, and wild country between!

Healthy Living Medical Supply accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBS) and many other insurance plans for residents of Michigan's beautiful Upper Peninsula. We're here and ready to help at 866.779.8512 (phone) or 248.577.9903 (text)!

In the News: Saliva Test Could Improve Diabetes Control & Treatment

Recent studies have shown that proteins in saliva can reflect high blood sugar and associated disease processes in children and adolescents with uncontrolled type 1 diabetes. This means that a simple saliva sample could replace blood tests to assess and monitor diabetes and can provide this information long before the appearance of clinical symptoms. Read the article for in-depth information on the research.

Co-author of the study, Professor Heleni Vastardis of NKU Athens School of Dentistry, explains, “The signs of diabetic pathology are already in place way before manifestation of clinical complications." This testing mechanism could lead to better prediction and prevention of long-term complications of diabetes.