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Celebrating the Past, Looking Toward the Future This Diabetes Awareness Month

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(BPT) - November is Diabetes Awareness Month — a time for us to reflect not only on how far diagnosis and treatment have advanced since the discovery of insulin just 100 years ago, but also on where opportunities still lie to expand access to advanced technology.

As the leading global healthcare technology company, Medtronic boldly confronts the most challenging health problems facing humanity by engineering solutions that strengthen, lengthen and save lives. Diabetes management has evolved from a death sentence just 100 years ago, to glass syringes and backpack pumps, to the smart insulin pens and advanced integrated pump systems available today. Medtronic has pioneered many of these advancements and now more than ever remains committed to transforming diabetes care and serving as a true care partner for anyone managing their insulin delivery.

There have been countless inventions over the last century that have made a difference for the 463 million people worldwide living with diabetes. In 1922, a 14-year-old boy was dying from unregulated diabetes until he received the first-ever insulin injection, and his high blood glucose levels dropped to near-normal levels within 24 hours.

Today, individuals diagnosed with diabetes face a much different, and more promising, future. Terry was first diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 48 years ago. At first, he struggled to learn about treatment options and experienced fluctuations in his blood sugar levels. That was the case until he started using a MiniMed™ insulin pump, which offered a reliable, easy-to-understand way to take control of his diabetes.

Since starting with the pump 25 years ago, Terry hasn’t needed to seek treatment for a single diabetes-related condition. He now serves as a Medtronic Diabetes ambassador and helps other patients learn about the technology options available and whether they may be a good fit for their own management.

This Diabetes Awareness Month, we celebrate where we have been and the opportunity we still have ahead of us as a diabetes community to expand access to these life-changing and life-saving technologies.

Medtronic is working to address health disparities for people living with diabetes. Learn more about the work they are leading to help reduce inequities in the use of diabetes technology and the programs they offer through the Medtronic Access Programs to help support qualifying individuals who are interested in these advancements.

Important Safety Information for Insulin Infusion Pumps:

Medtronic Diabetes insulin infusion pumps, pens, continuous glucose monitoring systems and associated components are limited to sale by or on the order of a physician and should only be used under the direction of a healthcare professional familiar with the risks associated with the use of these systems. Successful operation of insulin infusion pumps require adequate vision and hearing to recognize alerts and alarms. Rx required. Please visit www.medtronicdiabets.com/about/safety.html for additional details.


Pandemic Sparked Family Conversations We All Should Have

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(NewsUSA) - And you thought nothing good came out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a new survey from financial services firm Edward Jones, a third of all U.S. adults say that the trying stretch we've been through actually sparked conversations about their end-of-life plans and preferences with close family members. For 44.5 million of them, it was the first time they'd ever broached such subjects as finances, health and legal plans.

And yet, the nationally representative survey of 2,020 adults ages 18 and older, conducted in partnership with Age Wave and The Harris Poll, also found that 60 percent of respondents cited various "roadblocks" that made initiating those discussions harder when it specifically came to financial matters. Among them:

  • The desire to avoid family conflicts
  • Not wanting to burden family members with their finances
  • Generally being too uncomfortable with the whole subject

So, yes, Alison Carnie, a principal at Edward Jones, nails it when she describes the pandemic as "a real wake-up call for many Americans."

"Our research shows that 71 percent of Americans think the pandemic brought their family closer together," she says. "And that closeness and extended quality time together, on top of the frightening realities of the pandemic, have likely made the need for these types of conversations clearer."

Perhaps the most surprising thing the survey revealed also had to do with finances: Not only did 53 million Americans wish their parents and in-laws did a better job managing their money, but it was millennials -- those between the ages of 25 and 40 years old -- who were the most concerned about their parents' solvency.

And why were they so worried, you ask? Perhaps because they feared their parents and in-laws would become financially dependent on them one day. More than two in five U.S. adults and over half of Millennials cited this concern in the survey.

Carnie and other experts say the three most essential end-of-life documents people should have are a will, a health care directive/living will, and a durable power of attorney. Alas, only 19 percent of those age 50 and older have all three, the survey found. (Fifty-one percent of that same age group also don't have any plans to manage their long-term care needs either.)

Edward Jones has a wealth of free online tools to help increase your financial savviness, no matter what stage of life you're in. And any of the firm's trusted local financial advisors can help you strategize for the future and, yes, facilitate all those hard conversations you may or may not already have started during the pandemic.

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