Diabetics have trouble producing insulin on their own and need additional insulin to function properly. Diabetics must also monitor their glucose sugar levels as insulin is the hormone created by the body to help break down and correctly use glucose and having too much or too little sugar can have severe consequences. With that being said, things are not the easiest for diabetics right now as they deal with insulin shortages.

Insulin shortages all across the country and world are making it hard for diabetics everyone to get the hormones they need. This already adds a ton of stress to their lives as they must monitor their food intake while also making sure they are not overusing their insulin supply. On top of the insulin shortage, diabetics now have to worry about another issue that arose earlier this week with insulin pumps.

Diabetics are no strangers to living a difficult life as their insulin count being lower makes it harder to do everyday life activities. Technology has made this easier and insulin pumps have drastically improved the lives of diabetics all over the world, but now they may be posing a separate issue.

The FDA says that over 200 people sustained injuries after their insulin pumps unexpectedly shut down. The shutdown was caused by a malfunction within the connected mobile phone app. Version 2.7 of the t:connect Apple iOS app – used with the t:slim X2 insulin pump with Control-IQ – has been recalled due to a software issue that causes the app to crash and relaunch. This cycle drains the pump battery, causing it to shut down sooner than expected and suspend insulin delivery.

The issue may result in hyperglycemia or even diabetic ketoacidosis, which can be a life-threatening condition due to high blood sugars and lack of insulin, no deaths have been reported but as of April 15th, there have been 224 injuries reported. The insulin pump was placed under a Class I recall, which is the most serious type of recall.

Tandem is encouraging users to continue using the pump and update their app to version 2.7.1 or later. Customers in the United States can contact the Tandem Diabetes Care Technical Support Team at (877) 801-6901 for more information.

Here are some tips for living with diabetes:

Tips For Living With Diabetes

November is Diabetes Awareness Month, but these useful tips from the CDC can help you manage your diabetes, or help you care for your loved ones that live with the condition.

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