Promising Solution for Type 1 Diabetics
Type 1 diabetics rejoice? Not so fast sweetheart! Type 1 Diabetes, or juvenile diabetes as it is often referred to as affects nearly 1.25 Million Americans. (For clarification, Type 2 diabetes, which is the disease linked to obesity can be controlled with diet and exercise. Type 1 diabetes is the one where your pancreas doesn’t do its job in creating insulin, therefor making the individual affected by it insulin dependent). I have come to learn a lot more about Type 1 diabetes by marrying into the disease. My wife was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at some point in her teenage years and has battled it on a day to day basis ever since.
It has become somewhat cliche to call your wife your rock, or your everything, or your hero, but watching the way my wife handles the day to day activities for our family, all while dealing with blood sugars and insulin issues constantly leaves me in amazement. Early on in our relationship, I would get excited with every new study that was released and every new finding that was out there. She taught me to not get overly optimistic, and that the truth of the matter was the FDA was going to cause anything promising to take a few more years before released to the public.
Enter the Medtronic 670G
Here is a link to a recent interview with social entrepreneur and Type 1 diabetic Jason Gensler. My wife currently uses an insulin pump that she can give herself the needed doses electronically. She monitors her blood sugars not by the traditional finger prick method, but via the Dexcom G4 CGM (or continuous glucose monitor) which reads her blood sugar every 5 minutes or so. This, along with a Whole30 eating pattern has really helped keep her blood sugars on the straight and narrow. But even doing your best, and eating right, exercising, and monitoring, there are still times where your blood sugar can rise or drop for no real good reason. Enter the Medtronic 670G.
This device is apparently both user friendly and intuitive. It reads your blood sugars and gives the needed dose of insulin continuously throughout the day in an effort to make a closed loop system. The down side is it reverts back to a tubing system (but I am sure they will head back to the wearable pump attachment eventually as the technology improves. But as of now, I would say this is the first promising attempt at an artificial pancreas we have seen to date.
ONE THING I LEARNED TODAY:
It is ok to be cautiously optimistic with new treatments and solutions. But I am hopeful that the Medtronic 670G is a step in the right direction for helping effectively treat Type 1 Diabetes.