A cure seems to be near. I know we’ve all heard that for years but we are living in an incredible time where the combined efforts of the world’s top diabetes researchers are converging. I was fortunate to participate this past Thursday and Friday, Nov 15th and 16th, 2018 with a JDRF Cambridge Lab tour event at Harvard and MIT. I recorded the various tours and wanted to share them. This is the current state of the art in the search for a cure. This was an incredible event and punctuates how well JDRF spends the donations they receive. They’re long audio files but they are very interesting especially during the question and answer periods of the conversations. I’m a T1D (from 20-54) that has enjoyed the advances of research and sharing knowledge is important.
Invitation email: https://www.dropbox.com/s/logrxzb5m4k5zmy/Derek's%20Email.docx?dl=0
Participant Bio: https://www.dropbox.com/s/yhtbevg51g2a369/2018-11-08%20Cambridge%20Lab%20Tours%20Event%20Bios_Final.pdf?dl=0
MIT Talk at Dinner: Dr. Robert Langer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBWQtz7rn7U
Harvard Tour: Dr. Doug Melton: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJlLivaHpKM
MIT Tour: Dr. Daniel Anderson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zsezdv4rhC8&feature=youtu.be
My two cents while I’ve got your attention:
Use a Medtronic 670G. Reduces low blood sugars by 95%. You’re in normal range so often you can forget you have T1D. Your overnight blood sugars are so often near perfect when you wake up. It’s a guardian angel in your sleep. It won’t be long until all the manufactures of pumps will have these features.
Get your doctor to write you a prescription to a SGLT2 inhibitor like Jardiance. A daily pill that you’ll likely think is the best thing since taking insulin. One side effect they’ll try to scare you about is you have to keep taking your insulin. No kidding. Well that’s easy. Just talk to your doctor about it and read the blogs. It’s amazing.
Stop eating so much bread or stop it all together. Going low or lower carb makes control so much easier. I’m not 100% following my advice but I know I should be. My A1C runs in the mid 6’s by the way.
How I produced these videos. iPhone Voice Recorder app. Took still pictures while recording and used the Genius Scan app to crop the slides. Used Final Cut Pro to put it all together.