About Us

Calgary Insulin Pumpers (CIP) provides a place where those interested in diabetes, specifically Type 1 diabetics and insulin pumpers, can meet and share information. CIP meets on a monthly basis to share information and discuss issues relating to managing insulin dependent diabetes. Most who attend CIP meetings are pump users, but we also have many people who attend in order to evaluate whether a pump is right for them.

CIP often has speakers at its monthly meetings to share information about new pump technology, research developments, and diabetic complications and treatment options. The meetings also provide opportunity for those present to share individual learnings and experiences in managing their own medical and lifestyle issues.

Please feel free to contact us if you'd like more information about CIP or its activities. We hope this website will become a key piece of our communication and a place for us to involve others in our activities.

What is Calgary Insulin Pumpers?

Calgary Insulin Pumpers is a self-help support group. We are not affiliated with any insulin pump company.

What is the Group's Purpose?

Our purpose is to provide support, information, practical help and advocacy, from the perspective of the person living with diabetes to people using or supporting someone on multiple daily injections or using an insulin pump. We provide information and support for adults with diabetes and their families interested in insulin pump therapy.

Who can join Calgary Insulin Pumpers?

Anyone who is interested in insulin pump technology and/or diabetes in general is welcome.

How much does it cost?

There are no membership fees - it is free to join and to attend meetings.

When are the meetings?

Meetings are held the second Tuesday of every month (no meetings are held during July or August), from 7:00 to 9:00pm.

Where are the meetings held?

Meetings are held at the 2nd Floor, Diabetes and Hypertension Clinic, in the old Children's Hospital Building at 1820 Richmond Rd. SW, Calgary, AB.

What do you do at the meetings?

The usual format is to spend one hour sharing experiences, concerns, solutions, emotional support and discussing issues of general interest relating to insulin pumping and diabetes. We investigate cost saving options and invite speakers to present on issues of interest to members during the second hour.

Where can I find more information?

The following links provide some useful information:

Resources

Link Between Type 1 Diabetes & Celiac Disease

We were fortunate to have two members of the Calgary Chapter for the Canadian Celiac Association present Information on Celiac Disease and its link to Diabetes. The following links provide further information on this topic.

www.csaceliacs.org | www.calgaryceliac.ca

Applying for a Disability Tax Credit

People on Insulin Pumps or using multiple daily injections can apply to Revenue Canada for a Tax credit. The criteria for the application and the forms required can be found here...

The primary criteria is: Life sustaining therapy, and a doctor's signature. The key aspect of this is spending at least 14 hours per week managing this therapy. Very useful website providing information on the Disability Tax Credit...

Results of Survey on "Flying with Diabetes"

The Airport Parking Shop in the UK recently released a blog entry "Flying with Diabetes." It discusses the results of a recent survey about the experience in airports for those with Diabetes.

Funding for Insulin Pumps & Supplies in Alberta

The Alberta Government implemented a program in June 2013 to provide coverage for insulin pumps, supplies and other eligible items. Read more...

Insulin Storage Guidelines

Unopened vials or cartridges of insulin should be stored between 2 to 8 °C (preferably in a fridge) and are good for use until the expiry date printed on the package. Unopened vials or cartridges of insulin may be stored at room temperature (between 15-25 °C) for up to 4 weeks. View PDF article...

Presentation by Kelly Grebenc

View a PowerPoint Presentation by Kelly Grebenc, a dietician from the Alberta Children's Hospital. There's An App for That...

C-PaK - a support group connecting parents and kids

Throughout the year, parent meetings are held at Alberta Children's Hospital where they can come together for a sharing time. Check out the C-PaK website...

AWARDS FOR LONG TERM DIABETICS

Information about obtaining Medals for 25, 50 and 75 years w/ Type 1 diabetes from the Joslin Medical Center. Joslin Diabetes Center's Medal Program...

ASSOCIATIONS - INFORMATION FOR DIABETICS

Nutrition Databases

Our speaker for February 2011 provided a number of examples of websites with useful information for calculating the nutritional content of various foods.

Restaurant Websites

Most restaurants today have websites available, e.g.:

Other Useful Websites

Magazines

CLINICAL STUDIES & RESEARCH

INFORMATION FOR PUMP USERS OR PROSPECTIVE USERS

*Disclaimer: This site does not supply clinical treatment information or medical advice. The editor of this site is NOT a medical professional. Any advice or information you may receive through this website or our mailing lists is not guaranteed and should always be discussed with your health care provider. All links are provided for your convenience and further do not signify any endorsement on our behalf.

The Insulin Pumpers (US) website has a section devoted to "Where to put Infusion sets". There are photos of sets "installed" in various good (and some icky) places as well as illustrations of ALL the places deemed suitable for set placement

Pumps available in Canada

Meetings 2018

future meetings

Meetings are held on the second floor of the Richmond Road Diagnostic & Treatment Centre, 1820 Richmond Rd, SW, Calgary.

  • January 09, 2018 - Sandra Leuders, Medtronic Representative.

These past few months we have had meetings featuring Diabetes Educators, Pharmacists, and a Meditation instructor. Please let us know if there are other ideas or interests you would like to have addressed, or if you know someone who would be willing to make a presentation on a topic of interest at one of our meetings. Please send a note if you ARE planning to attend.

Future Topics

For the coming year we hope to offer discussion on the following topics:

  • Presentations by insulin pump representatives on what is now available as well as new technology.
  • Travelling with diabetes; experiences and tips for more successful travel experiences.
  • Where is research going for diabetes?

If you have any suggestions for topics of interest or know of anyone who would be willing to make a presentation or just join us for a discussion, at future meetings, please email Cynthia...