Margaret and Penny are Timesulin fans!

Margaret Whitehead and her daughter Penny are Timesulin fans that have been with us pretty much since day 1. When Margaret shared her enthusiasm for the simplicity and control that Timesulin gives them both with our team I asked her to write a blog post, which she graciously has done. I share it with you below – thank you for being Timesulin fans, Margaret and Penny! Here’s to many more years of health and diabetes peace of mind.

Timesulin fans Margaret and Penny

Margaret Whitehead writes:

Between us we have been Type 1 diabetics for the past 115 years! I was diagnosed in 1943, aged 4, and Penny, my daughter, was diagnosed in 1968 at the age of 7.

Penny has fared less well in that she lost her sight in one eye whilst at University and, because of somewhat poor control at times during the following years, her eyesight has deteriorated further. However, she has managed to cope very well with a high powered job in the West End of London, bring up 2 sons, and keep a roof over their heads.

In my earlier years I’ve stood as a Local Council candidate, which really tested my stamina and perseverance and never having driven a car, it really tested my walking capabilities too! With my husband, Stuart, we’ve visited New Zealand and Australia twice, and stopped off at various heavenly places to break up the journeys. Apart from my blood monitoring machine not working after going through one of the airports’ scanners, the trips were uneventful on the medical side. I retired at the age of 60 from a part-time secretarial post which was enjoyable and fulfilling.

Having seen the Timesulin caps on the Internet both Penny and I decided to try them and they have been so reliant, easy and informative in our every day care. We both recommend them highly and I’ve already sent an email to Diabetes UK about our complete satisfaction with them I’ve also told a diabetic group I used to belong to about them and they were very interested.

Spanish Timesulin Fan – Miquel Garriga

Every time I meet someone living with diabetes who does something really ‘hard core’ I am once again reminded that anyone living with diabetes really can do whatever they put their mind to. Diabetes has never kept me from doing what I put my mind to and I was impressed to see these photos of Spanish Timesulin fan, Miquel Garriga on Twitter. We got in touch and asked Miquel to share his story with us.

I’m a 39 year-old guy from Girona, Spain, and I have lived with diabetes for 25 years. I love a lot of sports, mainly windsurfing, mountain and road biking, running, and ski mountaineering. Since I received my Timesulin replacement cap I feel more relaxed in every moment of my life, because this is the best way to keep under control my ‘routinary’ habits!!

This winter we’ve had perfect conditions for ski mountaneering in the Pyrenees, where I had my first race in the Formigal area. Great sensations, I tell you!! But the best experience was the three days that we spent following the Pierra Menta, the most famous and hard ski mountaneering race in the world, which takes place in the Arêches-Beaufort region in the French Alps. I took my Timesulin cap with me every day and everything ran perfect! I skied around 50 km distance, and we completed 4.000 m of positive ascent during these days.

Having Timesulin on my insulin pen meant I could focus on my skiing and have some additional peace of mind about skiing with diabetes.

Check out Miquel’s Spanish diabetes website: www.sweetcasediabetes.com

Why I support TuDiabetes – and why you should too!

John Sjolund and TuD, the Diabetes Hands Foundation character

My name is John Sjölund. I am the CEO and co-founder of Timesulin and have lived with Type 1 diabetes since I was three years old and I support TuDiabetes.

Diabetes has never defined me. I participate in triathlons, have completed the world’s longest cross-country ski race, the largest organised bike race in the world and multiple half-marathons. My goal with everything we do with Timesulin is to make life for people with diabetes a little easier because I have first-hand experience of the challenges the big D throws our way.

When I was diagnosed no one in my family was prepared for it. No one else had ever been diagnosed with Type 1 (or Type 2, for that matter) and it sent my family on a steep learning curve. We were lucky enough to discover Camp Joslin early on and the volunteers at these camps helped equip me with the skills to lead a healthy, balanced life with diabetes. Most of my adult life I didn’t really know anyone else who lived with Type 1, though. I discovered the online diabetes community relatively late in life when we first launched Timesulin back in 2011. Today I’m thrilled to be part of this global diabetes community and the support we have received – both online and off – for the work we do with Timesulin has meant so much to my team and I, keeping us motivated and giving us perspective on the work we’re doing when the going gets tough.

Communities like TuDiabetes are key to making life with diabetes less lonely and a little easier. It connects people with diabetes with one another, which makes a difference to our combined health on every level.

So to celebrate the 6th birthday of TuDiabetes, I invite you to make a donation to the Diabetes Hands Foundation, the nonprofit that runs TuDiabetes and the people who conceptualized the cute little TuD character on my photobombed pic above. They need your help to continue making a difference to life with diabetes. Will you join me in supporting TuDiabetes and The Diabetes Hands Foundation?

TuDiabetes live discussion

I’m excited to be participating in a live discussion on TuDiabetes this week, Thursday at 1 – 2pm Pacific Time (that’s 10 – 11pm in Stockholm, where I’ll be calling in from…). I’d love to have you join the conversation from where you are.

RSVP for this event by clicking here.

Life with diabetes – A little easier with the help of Timesulin

In our mission to make life with diabetes a little easier, we have worked hard to ensure that Timesulin is simple to use and available to most insulin pen users – and we continue this dedication to making our vision for the future a reality.

First we launched this video, featuring our handsome CEO and co-founder, John Sjölund, himself living with diabetes since age 3:

Now we are just trilled to be able to share the latest Timesulin brand video with you – it’s short, zippy and will introduce the simplicity of Timesulin to the world – with your help, of course!

Watch the new Timesulin video now:

Do you know someone who lives with diabetes? Why not send them a link to this video and share the news of Timesulin with them? You know that making life with diabetes a little easier for them is the right thing to do!

Wise Words with John Sjölund | Springwise

Leading entrepreneurial publication, Springwise, features a fascinating interview with Timesulin co-founder and CEO, John Sjölund in today’s issue. John talks about the journey with Timesulin over the past 18 months, highlighting the highs and the lows as he works to make life easier for people living with diabetes.

John Sjölund - Wise words on Springwise.com

The diagnosis of diabetes can be a scary piece of news to receive. However, for many sufferers the only difficulty they will face is remembering to inject themselves with insulin at the correct intervals three times a day. John Sjölund was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of three, and was very aware of how easy it was to lose track of his injections. This memory lapse can be life-threatening and John wanted to invent a simple device that would help people keep track of their daily dosages. He came up with the idea for Timesulin, a replacement cap for an insulin pen that also has a display which shows how much time has passed since the last injection.

Prior to setting up Timesulin John worked for marketing company Acceleration. He project managed a number of high profile campaigns, including one of the largest UK supermarket chains and two of the top five cruise companies. In 2010 he set up Timesulin, and alongside this he works with the International Diabetes Federation to improve awareness of diabetes among young people in Africa. When we first came across Timesulin in 2011 the company was just starting out and the product was not yet on the market. We caught up with John to find out how things have progressed since then.

Read the full article here: Wise Words with John Sjölund | Springwise.

Valentine’s Day: Spare a Rose – Save a Child.

Spare_a_Rose_save_a_childThis week we celebrate Valentine’s Day and the Timesulin team is thrilled to do our bit to join the online diabetes community – under guidance from our friends Kelly CloseManny HernandezBennet DunlapAdam BrownJeff Hitchcock, and Kerri Sparling to ‘Spare a Rose – Save a Child’ with diabetes.

Please join us!

The idea is simple – instead of the usual twelve roses you buy your loved one on Valentine’s Day this year, only get them eleven and then donate the money you saved by buying one less rose to the IDF’s Life for a Child program. We recently highlighted this worthwhile cause when we donated our Christmas bonuses to the charity and love the fact that the international community is showing its support too.

This Valentine’s Day, we can both show our affection for loved ones at home and give a little help to those we have some much in common with around the world for whom access to care and insulin is not as easy as it is for all of us. It is a simple, caring, but life-changing message. And it shows that the diabetes online community takes care of one another, both online and off.

What better way to show love this Valentine’s day? Oh, and when you Tweet about this initiative, please use the hashtag #sparearose.

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Timesulin celebrates first birthday!

Timesulin turns one

This week marks our one-year birthday celebration and boy, what a year it’s been! We first opened our webshop doors in February 2012 and today Timesulin is sold in more than 40 countries around the globe. We have formed strong partnerships with some of the world’s finest distributors and we have diabetes associations, like Diabetes UK, are supporting our efforts.

Looking back over the past year we’ve had ups and downs and have learnt a lot from our partners around the globe, from Timesulin users who have shared their stories with us and from the hundreds of doctors and nurses we’ve been speaking with who loves Timesulin and the fact that it makes life for people with diabetes a little bit easier.

Of course no one is perfect, but we are working very hard to ensure that we are offering a solution that adheres to our brand guidelines. We want Timesulin to be:

  • Simple and easy to use
  • Cost-effective
  • Reduce anxiety
  • Enhance safety

Thank you for the part you have played over the past year. Everything we do, we do for you. And in supporting our mission to make life easier for people with diabetes, we get closer and closer to our goal of no-one ever having to ask themselves again:

Timesulin - Did I take my shot or not?

The Novo Nordisk GAPP Study

In 2010 one of the big pharmaceutical companies released the Novo Nordisk GAPP Study. The study shows how people living with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes struggle with insulin therapy – and looks into the reasons doctors accredit this to.

Called the Global Attitudes of Patients and Physicians in Insulin Therapy, or the Novo Nordisk GAPPTM Study, the survey was conducted among almost 3,000 physicians and patients in eight countries. Its aim was: “with the objective to learn what they perceive to be the biggest functional and emotional unfulfilled needs and challenges in the management of diabetes today, specifically relating to insulin treatment.”

Here’s a summary of the Novo Nordisk GAPP Study:

Novo Nordisk GAPP Study Findings 1

  • More than one in three diabetes patients skip doses or fail to take their insulin as prescribed, stating that they have done so on average three times in the last month. And 77% of physicians estimate that in reality this number could be as high as six doses.

Novo Nordisk GAPP Study Findings 3

  • 88% of physicians report that there are a significant proportion of patients still not reaching blood glucose targets, and four in 10 people with diabetes say they struggle to effectively control their blood sugar. Being too busy or simply forgetting to take the insulin are the main reasons cited by both patients and physicians for patients missing insulin doses.

Novo Nordisk GAPP Study Findings 2

  • 67% of patients taking insulin are concerned about experiencing a hypoglycemic event in the future and physicians share patients’ concerns, with 74% stating that they would treat closer to recommended targets if it weren’t for fear of major hypoglycemic events.

Novo Nordisk’s executive summary of results states:

  • Busy lives make it hard to comply with prescribed regimens
  • Fear of hypoglycemia may contribute to poor control
  • People with diabetes are looking for less invasive insulin options

Over at Timesulin HQ we’ve spoken with many doctors who confirmed their worries about their patients accidentally taking overdoses because they feel unsure about whether or not they had actually already administered a shot – or skipping a dose because they feel sure they had. The reality of the fact is that people with diabetes are real people – and no one is perfect! A busy life – with things other than your diabetes on your mind – means that taking your insulin shot forms part of your regular daily activities, like switching the coffee machine on or off, unplugging your hair iron or locking your car door.

We are thrilled to be able to offer Timesulin to all people treating their diabetes with the major brands of insulin pens as Timesulin offers a sure way of knowing:

Timesulin - Did I take my Shot or not

My diabetes new year’s resolutions

It’s that time of the year where we sit down and make some promises to ourselves that we hope to keep in the new year…So in order to make me more likely to stick to them, here are my diabetes new year’s resolutions!

Keep my diabetes doctors appointments.

I have had a bad habit of not keeping up with the changes in my appointments…for example, last year I missed an appointment in May 2012 – completely my fault – but then my new appointment in June was moved by the clinic to August, which was then moved again to October which was moved to December which was moved to April 2013. It will teach me not to miss an appointment. Haa…

Order my diabetes supplies in good time so I don’t run out.

Since my GP moved to a managed prescription system and limited the amount of tablets and insulin pens they let you have on a prescription I have had no end of trouble getting the correct combination of items to match my consumption. This seems to be due to the fact the system is a push system as opposed to a pull-by-consumption system. As a result  I am always short on the supply of tablets, which I take each day as there are 30  or 31 days, but my prescription is for 28 days.  And there is nothing worse than going to the fridge to pick up a new insulin pen and realising that the empty one in my hand was the last. Bad boy, Adrian. Bad boy.

Test before I drive

My diabetes nurse said to me the last time I saw her that one of her patients had lost his driving licence for being out of control with a low blood sugar and falling into a coma at the wheel. I said to her I have never ever, in 37 years as a type 1 PWD, had a hypo which required someone else’s intervention but she said to me, “But Adrian, if you had an accident and they tested your blood and it was lower than 4 you would not be insured and driving without insurance cover could loose you your licence!” Ahhhh…

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So now it’s over to you…what are your diabetes new year’s resolutions?

Diabetes challenges we all face

One of a my casual friends is known to occasionally be a bit grumpy and easly irritated and most folks say, “Oh it’s because he’s a bit overweight”. Actually, he lives with Type 2 diabetes and has pretty poor control. While most people would look at him and say that his health problems are his own, I think that if they knew a little bit more about his condition – and about the diabetes challenges he faces – they may not be so quick to judge.

Another friend of mine was telling me about a time he was in a cafe getting lunch when a man staggered into the cafe and pushed his way to the front of the queue – much to the annoyance of all waiting to be served. The man appeared to be drunk and, before he could be served, collapsed to the floor. Fortunately someone called an ambulance while they were trying to get him to drink some sugary water as someone had the know-how to realize that this poor bloke was not drunk at all, but rather suffering a sever hypo!

Diabetes challenges blood glucose testing

At my last visit to the diabetes nurse I had been in a hurry and forgot to take my meter with to the appointment. My nurse asked me whether I had driven to the clinic. I had. “So how are you going to get home?” she asked me. Huh? She reminded me that it was an offence to drive without having tested my blood sugar before I drive and told me that her last appointment had just lost his driving licence for having an accident while he was driving with a hypo and going into a coma at the wheel of his car. That served as a bit of a reminder to me, I tell you!

For me highlighting the issues around life with diabetes helps with the every day understanding and consideration for living with this condition as well as doing what I can to help make life easier for us all…while holding out hope that one day there will be a cure for this ‘disease’ that so rules our lives.