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Arden's Day Blog

Arden's Day is a type I diabetes care giver blog written by author Scott Benner. Scott has been a stay-at-home dad since 2000, he is the author of the award winning parenting memoir, 'Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal'. Arden's Day is an honest and transparent look at life with diabetes - since 2007.

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Dexcom Adds “Hey Siri, what’s my glucose?" and MORE!

Scott Benner

DEXCOM G6 MOBILE APP version 1.4.0 released!

NEW IN THE DEXCOM G6 MOBILE APP:

  • “Hey Siri, what’s my glucose?”* – iOS device users will now be able to ask Siri to read Dexcom glucose readings aloud and display graphs directly on the lock screen, eliminating the process of unlocking the phone and manually opening the Dexcom app; the launch of virtual assistant integration is a first-of-its-kind innovation in CGM

  • More followers** – Expanded Share function, allowing users to share glucose readings directly with up to ten people, versus five in the previous version; this update is critical for pediatric patients and others who rely heavily on their family and diabetes support network to help manage their disease

  • 24-hour sensor expiration reminders – Automatically receive a 24-hour reminder before it’s time to replace a sensor, in addition to 2-hour and 6-hour reminders

  • CLARITY app right at your fingertips – Launch the Dexcom CLARITY app directly from the Dexcom G6 app for more retrospective glucose reports. If a customer does not yet have CLARITY, they will be taken to the App Store to download and install the app

  • Submit technical support inquiries – Submit technical inquiries through a browser launched through the app, versus the auto-populated email in the previous version

  • Apple Watch Series 4 face complication – iOS device users are offered a new Graphic Circular complication specifically for the Apple Watch Series 41

  • Integration with Google Fit – Android device users will have a new integration with Google Fit to display Dexcom CGM data on a 3-hour delay

Dexcom users can download the app update today from the iOS App Store and it will be available for download soon on Google Play. For more information on Dexcom G6®, please visit my link.

 For complete device compatibility chart visit dexcom.com/compatibility

[1] Smart phone required to display readings on watch
[1] If your glucose alerts and readings from the G6 do not match symptoms or expectations, use a blood glucose meter to make diabetes treatment decisions.    
** Separate Follow app required
*Compatible with iOS 12


Type One Nation: Phoenix

Scott Benner

Type One Nation: Phoenix

I want to thank the Phoenix Arizona chapter of the JDRF for inviting me to speak at their Type One Nation event. I met so many people who all just want their lives to be less about managing and a lot more about living. I didn’t want to waste a moment while I was there so I did a Bold With Insulin breakout session, sat in on a Q&A and talked more about the ideas from the Juicebox Podcast on the main stage during lunch. I wished that I could have stayed longer but I needed to make a flight so I could be at my son’s first college baseball game in the morning.

I am already receiving emails and pictures from people who where ready to be bold and immediately began making changes to how they think about using insulin after they went home. It was a (too short) but terrific trip and I would love to go back in the future when I have more time to spend with the D-community in Arizona.

HUGE thanks to Vickie for recommending me for the gig and to the chapter leadership for being bold in how they bring good information to their members.

If you were there and have any pictures that I don’t please send them so that I can share.


An Average Day with Type 1 Diabetes

Scott Benner

Most days are perfectly imperfect…

If you already listen to the Juicebox Podcast this quick post will serve as a reminder that:

  • There is a way to eat normally and achieve the A1c that you want.

  • A great A1c doesn’t necessarily mean that your BG is 85 (4.7) all day and night long.

  • Just because you haven’t figured something out doesn't mean that an answer doesn’t exist.

If you haven’t yet listened, I hope that this post represents what is possible when you:

  • Have easy to understand tools for using insulin.

Listen to the Juicebox Podcast at  JuiceboxPodcast.com ,  Apple Podcasts ,  Spotify  or on your favorite podcast app..

Listen to the Juicebox Podcast at JuiceboxPodcast.com, Apple Podcasts, Spotify or on your favorite podcast app..

Try these episode to start #11 Bold With insulin, #29 Fear of insulin, #37, Jenny Smith, #44 Diabetes Rollercoaster, #62 Unfounded Fear, #100 Revisiting Bold, #105 All About A1c, #121 Insulin, Insulin, Insulin

You can always listen to the Juicebox Podcast or your favorite podcast app but if you don’t have one try one of these.  Apple Podcasts/iOS - Spotify - Amazon Alexagoogle play/android - iheart radio -  .


Insulin Assistance Programs - Programas de Asistencia con Insulina

Scott Benner

We are grateful to be insured and to have access to affordable insulin.

If you are uninsured, underinsured or struggling to pay for insulin... there are programs that can help.

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from Eli Lilly - If you have no insurance, are underuninsured or affected by the Government shutdown and would like more facts about Lilly’s patient assistance programs.

There are live representatives at the Lilly Diabetes Solution Center to help people find cost saving solutions for their Lilly insulins based on individual circumstances – including government employees. Call the Solution Center at 833-808-1234 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST. or visit their website.

from Novo Nordisk - The Novo Nordisk Patient Assistance Program (PAP) is our continued commitment to people living with diabetes and the Novo Nordisk Triple Bottom Line. The Diabetes PAP provides free medicine to those who qualify. If approved, a free 120-day supply of medicine will be sent to the prescribing health care providers’ office to be picked up at the patient's convenience. Novo Nordisk will automatically contact the health care provider prior to your next refill to approve the medication reorder. More info on their website.

from Sanofi - Our passion is to improve access to medicines and healthcare. Patients are our number one priority, and to meet their needs more efficiently, Sanofi US offers an integrated patient support program titled Sanofi Patient Connection (SPC). More info on their website. 

If you have more or different links please contact me and I will add them to this list. Thank you!


"Because of your podcast (Juicebox), I have significantly reduced the amount of spikes that I get."

Estamos agradecidos de estar asegurados y de tener acceso a una insulina asequible.

Si no tiene seguro, tiene un seguro insuficiente o tiene dificultades para pagar la insulina ... existen programas que pueden ayudarlo.

de Eli Lilly: Si no tiene seguro, no tiene seguro o está afectado por el cierre del gobierno y le gustaría obtener más información sobre los programas de asistencia al paciente de Lilly.

Hay representantes en vivo en el Centro de Soluciones para la Diabetes de Lilly para ayudar a las personas a encontrar soluciones económicas para sus insulinas de Lilly según las circunstancias individuales, incluidos los empleados del gobierno. Llame al Centro de soluciones al 833-808-1234 de lunes a viernes de 8 a.m. a 9 p.m. EST. o visite su sitio web.

de Novo Nordisk: El Programa de Asistencia al Paciente (PAP) de Novo Nordisk es nuestro compromiso continuo con las personas que viven con diabetes y la Línea de Triple Beneficio de Novo Nordisk. El Diabetes PAP proporciona medicamentos gratuitos a quienes califican. Si se aprueba, se enviará un suministro gratuito de 120 días de medicamentos al consultorio de los proveedores de atención médica que prescriben para que lo recojan a la conveniencia del paciente. Novo Nordisk se comunicará automáticamente con el proveedor de atención médica antes de su próxima renovación para aprobar el nuevo pedido de medicamentos. Más información en su página web.

de Sanofi: Nuestra pasión es mejorar el acceso a los medicamentos y la atención médica. Los pacientes son nuestra prioridad número uno, y para satisfacer sus necesidades de manera más eficiente, Sanofi US ofrece un programa integrado de asistencia al paciente titulado Sanofi Patient Connection (SPC). Más información en su página web.

Si tiene más o diferentes enlaces, por favor contácteme y los agregaré a esta lista. ¡Gracias!

On This day, January 11 1922: Insulin Was First Used to Treat Diabetes

Scott Benner

On Jan. 11, 1922 fourteen-year-old Leonard Thompson was injected with a pancreatic extract prepared by Dr. Frederick Banting, and medical student, Charles Best.

from TheStar.com:

Although his blood sugars went down a little, there was not a lot of change following Thompson’s initial injection, according to the University of Toronto’s heritage website.

But biochemist Bert Collip, who had been working with Banting and Best in a lab provided by the university’s head physiologist, Prof. J.J.R.. Macleod, developed a method to refine the extract and daily injections of this extract started Jan. 23. Improvement was immediate and remarkable. The boy’s blood sugar levels dropped to normal levels (Thompson would live another 13 years with daily injections of insulin, before dying of tuberculosis.)

It was not a cure but it was a monumental breakthrough in treatment for what had been an untreatable disease.

In March, 1922 a paper describing the case of Leonard Thompson, and six other patients the Banting and Best team treated with the refined extract, was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. It was the first official announcement of an extract developed to alleviate the symptoms of diabetes.

A message of hope to sufferers from diabetes goes out authentically today from the medical research laboratories of the University of Toronto. The modesty of medical men and scientific investigators of the genuine brand attempts to minimize the results obtained. The harm of exaggeration and the injustice to both parents and research men in awakening false and premature hopes before the extracts can possibly be manufactured cannot be over-emphasized. But the fact remains that one of the most important discoveries in modern medical research has been made at the university here. It is not a cure for diabetes, its authors state. Within six months, however, their discovery will be used on a large scale, they hope, to prolong life quite considerably at least. There will be no secrecy, as from the beginning. The medical profession will know all the facts.
— The Toronto Daily Star - March 22, 1922 Edition

The Toronto Daily Star broke the news a day before other outlets. The March 22, 1922 bold all-capital headline ran eight columns on the front page: “Toronto doctors on track of diabetes cure.” A subhead stated: “Discovery made at University of Toronto will be means of prolonging life considerably — F.G. Banting and C.H. Best pushed experiments all last summer.”

The Star referred to the Alliston-born Banting — who had won the Military Cross in 1916 for bravery in World War I — as being “strangely slow in speech” and “unassuming” but he also had “the reputation of coming across with the punch at the critical moment.”

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Two months later, on May 22, 1922, Prof. Macleod delivered a paper on the U of T team’s findings to the American Association of Medical Physicists in Washington, D.C. and got a standing ovation. Macleod used the term “insulin” to describe the extract. According to the Canadian Encyclopedia, “in the eyes of most of the world,” this was considered the announcement of insulin.

The next year, on Oct. 26, 1923, the first Nobel prize awarded to Canadians was given to Banting and Macleod.

But the reaction of Banting and Macleod to the prize revealed a little of the testy relationship that had existed in the background between the two men.

According to an account on the website scienceheroes.com (similar to other published reports) Banting was furious that he was sharing the award with Macleod, not Best, and at first swore he “wouldn’t accept the award.” But friends persuaded him that it wouldn’t be smart to refuse the first Nobel for a Canadian (he remains the youngest Nobel Laureate in Physiology/Medicine). Instead, Banting announced he would split his share of the $40,000 monetary prize with Best.

read the story in it’s entirety at TheStar.com