Take a moment to put down the newspaper, turn off cable news, and log out of your favorite online news feed. For the next fifteen minutes, there are no mass shootings. No politicians putting self above society. No war, no poverty, no global warming and no pandemic. Allow me to transport you to Berlin, Germany where the Advanced Technologies & Treatments for Diabetes Annual Conference is taking place. Where the news is actually GOOD.
Thanks to new technologies and better approaches to daily self-care, diabetes management for insulin users is improving. A1c’s are down. Time in-range is up. Even the incidence of hypoglycemia is way down. A lot of this is due to the development of (and access to) hybrid closed loop systems – semi-automated insulin delivery systems that make insulin adjustments on the user’s behalf. Less work + better results = a big thumbs up.
So where do we go from here? We’re still a long way from a true “artificial pancreas” – a system that takes care of everything without the user having to be bothered at all. There’s still the matter of understanding the impact (quantity and timing) of food, adjustment for all forms of physical activity, managing stress, preventing long-term health problems, establishing better lifestyle habits, maintaining / troubleshooting the hybrid closed loop system components, and choosing the right system. That’s why we’re here!
Remember, technology is only as good as the person using it. Case in point: I just started using the Dexcom G7, chock-full of nice new features. I have it synced with my state-of-the-art DIY hybrid closed loop algorithm, which helps manage delivery of the fastest subcutaneous insulin ever brought to market. What could possibly go wrong? Plenty! There’s a little thing called real life in the real world, where I’m drawn to sports, tasty food, and the pressures of running a busy practice. The strategies I’ve learned from my colleagues have been incredibly valuable in helping me to achieve my own diabetes goals. And we can do the same for you.
If you’re interested in learning about the latest technologies or just need a “tune up” using the tools you currently have, give our office a call. The dynamic duo at our front desk (Nancy & Nina) will take GREAT care of you, I promise!
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