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Monday, May 9, 2011



This post is for members that have both diseases Type 1 Diabetes & Celiac Disease.  I am one of those  patients that has both conditions. 
I have always put into my insulin pump my different carb counts for different types of food I am eating to get the correct amount of insulin I should have for a particular meal that I am eating.  One day I was talking to one of the Nurses from Animas corporation.  She asked me if I used the software that was in my insulin pump in the Food Data Base.  Frankly I had forgot that it was in my pump because I just asumed tha tthere would be no gluten freee foods.  I mentioned  this to her she said that is a good point she told me to go through the Food Data Base to see if we did have a gluten free Foods.  I did and they do not have any gluten free foods in there Food Data Base.  I found out that they use the Calorie King for their software I notified them and they said we do have gluten free foods .  I went online and sure enough they do.  I called back Animas Insulin Pumps and explained to them that they need to update their software for Paatients that have Celiac Disease so that they can incorporate  the Gluten free foods in there Food Lists they said that is a fantastic idea.  .  I gave to them the information to them as to who they can contact to have this done.  I also explained to them that if you have Type 1 Diabetes you have a higher chance of developing Celiac Disease since it is the same gene for both conditions.  they said that  they will work to have this done.  Then I called the Animas Software department and went through everything about them getting the Food List to have gluten free items.  The person I spoke with John was very helpful he said until we do get the gluten free items you can put the gluten free foods in your Insulin Pump manually and save them in your pump.   I have the Animus 2020 Insulin Pump.  He explianed to me all I had to do was down load the software the EZ Manager software that came with my pump the yellow and blue disk.  He told me to set up an account then go to the Food Data Base option go under Custom Favorites which is on the far right hand side.  push that option then start listing the items that I would like in my pump that are gluten free.  You have to have on hand the products so you know how many carbs are in that product and fiber and of course the name of the product.  when you are finished with the list you hit save then set up a file name  and hit that then hit save again.  You then get the cable that is with your software  and you disconnect your pump from your body.  You put the pump into suspend then you attach the pump to the cable and download the information that you have on the screen to the pump when you are finished you have the information stored into your pump then you just push the resume pump button on your pump and of course do not forget to reconnect your pump you can add things as you come across foods that you use alot.  Animas Pumps are the only ones with a Food Data Base and soon they will have gluten free items in  their Food Data base..  You can contact the software department at Animas to go through the steps by calling 1877 Yes  Pump and pushing option 5 and they will explain to you how you can put gluten free food items in your pump to be stored.  I can not tell you how much easier this is now I just go to the Bolus screen push EZ Carb then hit Ok then go to Food List hit ok then go to favorites and I have all my gluten free items right there waiting for me to choose what I need and incorporate that information and how much insulin to give for that particular food. item .  I hope this helps you it is a grat help for me
If you would like to have an Animus Pump their  telephone number is 1877 936 Pump I think this company is really fantastic they seem to really listen to a patients wants and needs. and they listen to any new ideas that you  might want to have in their pumps.

Thank You

Ellen Gaffney

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