Medtronic has announced the launch of their newest product in Europe, the MiniMed Duo. It is a continuous glucose monitor and insulin pump infusion set in one. This is big news for all those pump users like me that refuse to have multiple devices attached to me at one time. I have been telling my doctor for years that I would jump on the chance to use a CGM (continuous glucose monitor) if only it was somehow incorporated into my pump so that I didn’t have to have two different devices to insert somewhere on my body, change regularly and conceal under my clothing.

I have tried using a CGM in the past and it just isn’t for me. Don’t get me wrong, they are a great way to monitor and keep better tabs on what your blood sugar levels are doing, but for me personally it wasn’t the right choice at the time. But now perhaps it is time to give it another try now with the combination of pump and glucose sensor in the MiniMed Duo.

“The MiniMed Duo is the latest breakthrough designed in response to the needs of the insulin pumpers who don’t want to wear two separate devices on their bodies, addressing one of the most common barriers to CGM technology,” said Greg Meeham, Vice President and General Manager of the CGM business at Medtronic Diabetes.

The enhanced simplicity of the new device will appeal not only those that have resisted wearing multiple devices such as myself but also those that have been using both a pump and CGM together. Diabetes is already complicated enough by itself, but it becomes increasingly frustrating when the complexity builds by adding multiple devices. It is necessary in some cases, and does make it possible to improve diabetes management. But when dedicated researchers take the time to create a device that simplifies rather than complicates life with diabetes, those of us living with the disease rejoice.

The Duo was just launched in the European market, so it will take some time to make its way to the U.S. As with almost all really exciting news in the world of diabetes we will have to wait to try it. But as the saying goes… “all good things come to those who wait.” It is still exciting to see diabetes technology advancing in an effort to improve the quality of life for those living with diabetes.

To learn more about continuous glucose monitors:

Technology to Help Diabetes Control: Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGM)
Continuous Glucose Monitors Don't Replace Finger Sticks
All about Glucose Monitoring

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